2018 Grantees

Hill Dance Academy Theatre

Situated in the Historic Hill District, the mission of Hill Dance Academy Theatre (HDAT) is to develop and train students, age 3-18 years old, in Black Dance Traditions, expand knowledge of Black Dance Traditions and develop emerging Dance Artists to sustain Black Dance as an Art form in Black communities. HDAT engages students, who are dedicated to serious dance study in rigorous, disciplined training to meet the demands required for collegiate, conservatory, second company and careers in dance.

From January 22-27, 2019, HDAT students will attend, the 31st Annual International Conference and Festival for Blacks in Dance in Dayton, Ohio, hosted by Dayton Contemporary Dance Company and the International Association of Blacks in Dance (IABD). Founded in 1988 in Philadelphia, this conference is the single most important function for black dance artists. It is a historic national and international conference that preserves and promotes dance by people of African ancestry and origin. Students attending this conference will have an invaluable experience on so many levels, including networking with black dance artists, companies and students from across the US and the infinite possibilities for selection to summer intensives and scholarships with black dance companies and major ballet companies.

For the 2018 conference, HDAT advance dancers in the company, Ju.B.Lation Spirit Filled Feet, will perform as an emerging company during the Conference.

AE&E is thrilled to support Hill Dance Academy Theatre and its student dancers with opportunities for networking, performing, funding, touring and career development.

Photos below courtesy of Hill Dance Academy Theatre
and taken by E.A. Smith of CREW Productions LLC