African American Dance Company

Bringing Black dance to center stage

Founded in 1974, the African American Dance Company shares movement traditions and diverse dance forms of the African diaspora and African American culture. The company’s repertoire includes African dance styles, contemporary, modern, jazz, hip-hop, and various cultural forms.

Students in the Dance Company focus on embodied research through choreographic projects, performances, and workshops. They also receive master classes from top companies, including Alvin Ailey, Ballet Hispánico, and Evidence Dance Company.

The African American Dance Company is a course offered for academic credit through the Department of African American and African Diaspora Studies instructed by Stafford C. Berry Jr. and a unit of the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Multicultural Affairs at Indiana University.

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Stafford C. Berry Jr., Director

Stafford C. Berry Jr. (Baba Stafford) is an esteemed artist, educator, activist, and scholar of African-rooted dance, theater, and aesthetics nationally and internationally. His extensive career includes 12 years with Chuck Davis’ African American Dance Ensemble.

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I chose to stay at IU because the African American Dance Company is so unique. It is such an amazing class/performing ensemble. The dance company is now the foundation of my doctoral research.  

Amelia Smith, African American Dance Company assistant instructor and Ph.D. candidate in African American and African Diaspora Studies