PROFESSOR OF PRACTICE AND DIRECTOR OF THE AFRICAN AMERICAN DANCE COMPANY
Department of African American and African Diaspora Studies at Indiana University
Department of Theatre, Drama, and Contemporary Dance
The Department of African American and African Diaspora Studies (AAADS), in partnership with the Department of Theatre, Drama, and Contemporary Dance and the African American Arts Institute at Indiana University-Bloomington, seeks a gifted teacher/choreographer to serve as director of the African American Dance Company and teach courses in Black dance as well as contemporary dance technique The African American Dance Company (AADC) is both a course offered through AAADS and a performance/touring ensemble that operates under the African American Arts Institute (AAAI). The AAAI is a performing arts program whose mission is to preserve and promote African American culture through performance, education, creative activity, research and outreach. Working with students of various academic pursuits and levels of training, the AADC director produces concerts and lecture demonstrations within and outside of the local community, and choreographs works that represent dance traditions and subject matter relevant to the Black experience.
The director recruits students and engages in activities that help promote AADC and the AAAI. The director also organizes the annual AADC Dance Workshop, which serves as an important recruitment initiative and commitment to community outreach. Since its 1974 founding year, AADC has enrolled hundreds of students who remain engaged as alumni. Through engagement with alumni and alumni activities, the AADC director serves as the central figure in sustaining the ensemble’s forty-plus year legacy. Additionally, the director will hold a joint appointment in Theatre, Drama, and Contemporary Dance, and will have responsibilities teaching BFA dance majors and opportunities to create choreographic works for theatre and dance productions. The director will have a team of colleagues in contemporary dance who are enthusiastic and supportive of the collaborative relationship between the two departments and AAAI directors.