Urban Bush Women (UBW) burst onto the dance scene in 1984 with bold, demanding, and exciting works which brought under-told stories to life through the art and vision of its award-winning Founder, Jawole Willa Jo Zollar. The Company weaves contemporary dance, music, and text with the history, culture, and spiritual traditions of the African Diaspora under the artistic direction of Chanon Judson and Samantha Speis.
Off the concert stage, UBW has developed an extensive community engagement program, BOLD (Builders, Organizers, and Leaders through Dance). UBW’s largest community engagement project is its Summer Leadership Institute (SLI). This 10-day intensive training program connects dance professionals with community-based artists/activists in a learning experience to leverage the arts as a vehicle for civic engagement.
UBW launched the Choreographic Center Initiative (CCI) in January 2016. The CCI supports the development of women choreographers of color and other under-heard voices.
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In addition to public presentations, every artist in the UCLS series does important work with UNCG students, such as holding masterclasses and seminars, often just hours before performing on stage. Thanks to The Cemala Foundation, some of these artists also work with K-12 students in the Guilford County Schools.