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IABD welcomes One Dance UK’s Mercy Nabirye to its Board

14 Feb 2018

Mercy Nabirye. Image: Yves Salmon

The International Association of Blacks in Dance (IABD) welcomes its newest Board of Directors member, Mercy Nabirye.

The IABD Board provides leadership for carrying out the Association’s mission to preserve and promote dance by people of African ancestry or origin.

Mercy Nabirye is currently the Head of Dance of the African Diaspora at One Dance UK. Prior to that, Mercy served as Director for ADAD (Association of Dance of the African Diaspora) in 2011/2012 and then in 2013 through to the official merger of One Dance UK on 1 April 2016. She was instrumental to the process of the merger. Mercy steered ADAD to deliver its mission to promote the practice and appreciation of dance rooted in the African Diaspora, raising the profiles of artists and art forms. She led its national and international programmes at key venues, including Bloom National Festival, celebrating dance of the African Diaspora across the UK regions; Re:generations International Conference – the only UK academic and artistic conference focusing on perspectives of the art forms; and professional development fellowship Trailblazers, which tailors mentorship for future leaders for the dance sector.

Mercy’s previous leadership roles include work at Apples and Snakes, England’s leading performance poetry organisation; Operations Manager at Creative Partnerships Kent, a creative learning initiative for Arts Council England; and Co Director/Finance Director at Future Creative CIC, a social enterprise providing creative learning. She also continues to work as an arts management consultant internationally including commissions with Dance Immersion (Canada) and Page Six Management (Uganda). She has written for publications and she has been commissioned as a panel speaker at various dance conferences.

Mercy graduated in performing arts (Music, Dance and Drama) in Uganda; in Film and Video Production at The American College in London; as well as in CIMA CBA Business Accounting. Her artistic background is as a performer, choreographer, producer and writer for stage and screen.  In her early career, she toured UK world festivals with a Ugandan Afro Jazz band; she featured in musicals, TV series and films; and is a member of Arterial Networks (Africa).

Mercy has recently been appointed as a board of Trustee for IABD; The Lisa Ullmann Travelling Scholarship Fund; and she continues to serve as a board member for Tavaziva Dance and Dancing Strong.

Denise Saunders Thompson, President and CEO of IABD, says:

“I am excited to welcome Mercy to the Board of Directors. As we continue to develop and grow IABD, building natural international alliances from all over the world is vital to the work that we do. International conversations and strategic collaborations will only strengthen the voice and power of the Black dance community around the world. Mercy’s experience, vision and deep passion for dance directly aligns with IABD’s mission and where our future is envisioned. We are extremely fortunate to have her join the Board of Directors.”

For more information about The IABD and its 31st Annual International Conference and Festival in partnership with Dayton Contemporary Dance Company visit the IABD website.