2017-18 | City College of New York
Urban Bush Women (UBW) burst onto the dance scene in 1984 with bold, innovative, demanding and exciting works that bring 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 Zollar’s artistic direction, UBW tours nationally and internationally. The Company has been commissioned by presenters nationwide, and includes among its honors the New York Dance and Performance Award (“Bessie”); the Capezio Award for Outstanding Achievement in Dance; and two Doris Duke Awards for New Work from the American Dance Festival. In recent years, Zollar has been awarded the 2014 Southern Methodist University Meadows Prize, the 2015 Dance Magazine Award and the 2016 Dance/USA Honors Award.
Off the concert stage, Urban Bush Women has developed an extensive community engagement program called BOLD (Builders, Organizers, & Leaders through Dance). UBW’s largest community engagement project is its Summer Leadership Institute (SLI). This 10-day intensive connects dance professionals and community-based artists/activists in a learning experience to leverage the arts as a vehicle for civic engagement.
UBW launched the Urban Bush Women Choreographic Center in January 2016. The Choreographic Center takes a two-pronged approach – supporting individual women choreographers of color and bringing about systemic change in the field of dance.