Founder/ Artistic Director Joan Myers Brown
Across the nation and around the world, PHILADANCO is celebrated for its innovation, creativity and preservation of African- American traditions in dance. Founded in 1970 in Philadelphia by Joan-Myers Brown, PHILADANCO will make its Portland debut with their superb trained dancers performing works by pioneering choreographers such as Ulysses Dove and Talley Beatty as well as contemporary choreographers like Rennie Harris and Christopher Huggins.
– Joan Myers Brown founded the International Association of Blacks in Dance (IABD) in 1991, an association representing the needs African American dance community.
– Joan Myers Brown is a powerhouse of achievement within the national dance community and the larger arts community. Her significant contributions have led her to receive numerous accolades in her home of Philadelphia and on the national stage. Most notably, Joan received the nation’s highest civic honor for excellence in the arts, the National Medal of the Arts awarded by President Barack Obama in 2012. He cited Ms. Brown for carving out “an artistic haven for African American dancers and choreographers to innovate, create, and share their unique visions with the national and global dance communities.”
– There is an apprentice company to PHILADANCO! called D/2. This is for dancers ages 15-23. They train at a professional level and perform throughout the greater Philadelphia area almost 25 times a year.
– They created D/3, their youth ensemble for students ranging from 9-16 years old giving students with a serious focus for dance the chance to develop their skills and go into D/2 at the appropriate age.