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.
Stafford C. Berry Jr, (Baba Stafford) is director of the African American Dance Company and a professor of practice in the Departments of African American and African Diaspora Studies and Theatre, Drama, and Contemporary Dance at Indiana University Bloomington.
Mr. Berry is an accomplished artist, educator, activist, and scholar of African-rooted dance and theater, and aesthetics. Prior to coming to IU, Mr. Berry was an assistant professor of dance and black studies at Denison University. He toured 12 years with Chuck Davis African American Dance Ensemble for which he was associate artistic director, and he was on faculty at the American Dance Festival. Mr. Berry is co-director of the Berry & Nance Dance Project, an all-male contemporary African dance company.
Originally from Chester, Pennsylvania, Mr. Berry received his formal education in theater, dance, and music from Temple University and North Carolina Central University and his M.F.A. from Hollins University. He is a certified teacher of the Umfundalai Technique and has taught, choreographed, and performed African-rooted dance nationally and internationally.