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African American Dance Company

Overview

Exemplifying keen vigorous expression, eloquence and class, the African American Dance Company captures and conveys the spirit of dance styles of the African Diaspora. The company's repertoire includes original choreography in a fusion of modern, jazz, African, and Latin American dance styles. The ensemble has worked with such renowned artists as Francis Nii-Yartey, and Bernard Woma from Ghana, West Africa; Elana Anderson, former dancer with Deeply Rooted Productions; and Reynaldo Gonzalez, Rogelio Kindelan and Silfredo LaO from Cuba.

" The African American Dance Company provided me with the experience that helped shape my discipline and identity in this business. I deeply appreciate the Company and Prof. Rosa for their ceaseless efforts to bring the world to Bloomington. AADC continues to be tremedously inspiring!"

~Justin Johnston, singer, songwriter, dancer, Broadway actor - Rent - Herman C. Hudson Alumni Award Winner

The African American Dance Company is available for concerts, dance workshops, conventions, conferences, school and college programs, lecture-demonstrations, and other types of engagements.


Iris Rosa, Current Director

Iris Rosa is a Professor at Indiana University, Bloomington in the Department of African American and African Diaspora Studies, and the Director of the Indiana University African American Dance Company. Her specializations are teaching and choreography from the perspective of the African American and African Diaspora. Ms. Rosa has worked, studied and taught with the Ghana Dance Ensemble, from Ghana and Afric Azolou from the Ivory Coast, and studied dance in Puerto Rico and in Havana, Matanzas and Guantanamo, Cuba. She has been a choreographer for musicals at the Phoenix Theatre, Civic Theatre, American Cabaret Theatre and Theatre on the Square. She has also worked on international and community projects at the historical Madame Walker Theatre Center in Indianapolis, Indiana. Ms. Rosa is also the director of Sancocho: Music and Dance College, a performing ensemble which focuses research on African derived music and dance from the Caribbean and Latin America and Seda Negra/Black Silk Dance Company. Courses include, African American Dance Company, Dance in the African Diaspora, Black Dance History. For Professor Rosa,

"Dance reflects life; dance is life."

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Performance Resume

Conferences and Festivals

  • Annual Meeting of the Society for Ethnomusicology - Bloomington, Indiana
  • Association for Black Culture Centers Conference - Bloomington, Indiana
  • Cuba Impressions - Denison University, Granville, Ohio

Feature Concerts

  • Madame Walker Theatre Center Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Westside Theatre Gary, Indiana
  • Arts Garden Indianapolis, Indiana

Special Services and Outreach

  • Stone Belt Center a nonprofit organization providing resources and support for individuals with developmental disabilities - Bloomington, Indiana
  • Indiana School Outreach Project, "African American Culture Through the Performing Arts"
    Bloomington
    East Chicago
    Evansville
    Fort Wayne
    Indianapolis

TV and Movies

  • Indiana Dancing, WTIU production, statewide airing Bloomington, Indiana
  • Concerts aired on CATS TV Bloomington, Indiana

Guest Artists

  • Elana Anderson
  • Reynaldo Gonzalez
  • Paschal Younge
  • Joan Burroughs
  • Rogelio Kindelan-Nordet
  • Silfredo Lao
  • Bernard Woma

Booking Information >>

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