Houston Black Dance Collective

HBDC Calendar

Mission

To support Houston-based dance organizations and individual dancers and choreographers that are a part of the African Diaspora, and to foster a space of collaboration amongst Houston’s black dance community.

What We Do

Promote dance workshops, performances, and other activities and events throughout the HBDC network and to the greater Houston community

Provide a professional performance platform for dance artists through Dance Afrikana’s Kuumba Festival

Address the overall needs of Houston’s black dance community

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Membership

Eligibility

  • Houston-based individual dancer or choreographer who is a member of the African Diaspora
  • Houston-based dance organization wherein 80% or more of membership is of the African Diaspora and/or an organization/studio that focuses on dance of Africa/African Diaspora

  • Annual Dues

  • $25 Individuals
  • $40 Organizations

  • Member Benefits

  • Eligibility to perform at Dance Afrikana’s Kuumba Festival
  • Promotion of dance events through monthly newsletter and social media
  • Event postings on the HBDC calendar
  • Access to special meetings and events

  • Interested in becoming a member of HBDC?

    Click the link below and complete the membership form. In light of Juneteenth and the COVID-19 pandemic, and to show solidarity with our community members impacted by racism and police brutality, membership fees will be waived for those who join by July 19th.

    HBDC Members

    Here are the current members.

    Kemi OG

    Kemi OG is a dance artist, choreographer, and creative director. She is the Afrodance Instructor at the Institute of Contemporary Dance and the founder of three organizations: Afrobeats with Kemi OG, an Afrodance program teaching technique and fusion choreography, AFROBEAT at JHU, a Zumba-inspired Afrodance fitness program based on Afro -Caribbean rhythms, and OG Creatives, a creative studio using art to explore BIPOC narratives. Since 2012, she has trained and taught Afrodance, produced several shows, and curated multimedia performance pieces. As a dancer, she has performed for artists such as Tiwa Savage, Oritse Femi, Toofan, Yemi Alade, Eddy Kenzo, Afro B, Mr. Eazi, and Kizz Daniel. As an artist, Kemi is known for creating abstract, culturally infused pieces that experiment with Afrodance and incorporate other artistic mediums to reflect people's interactions, emotions, and perspectives. She is the grant recipient of the Houston Art Alliance's 2020 Individual Artist Grant and Houston in Action's 2020 #Htownvotes initiative. Kemi has a passion for sharing African culture and history through dance and exploring social issues while encouraging mental wellness and self-worth through movement.

    Batala

    Batalá is a global Samba Reggae percussive movement that has its roots in Salvador, Bahia - Brasil. Batalá Houston is a part of this global community right here in town. Samba Reggae is an Afro-Brasilian genre of music that has many different rhythms that have evolved over the years since its creation in the 1970s. Through Batalá, Samba Reggae has traveled from Brasil to many places across continents: South and North America, the Caribbean, Africa and Europe. It is music born from expressions of Black joy, pride, community and power in Brasil. We are people that come together for the love and appreciation of the music and culture Batalá represents and the energy the rhythms bring into our communities. Being a community-based band, we welcome interested people to reach out to us about joining the band - no experience or tons of experience, all are welcome! Axé

    Tina Mullone

    Tina Mullone is a professional artist and educator in the field of performing arts, particularly dance. She is a member of the dance faculty at the University of Louisiana at Monroe. Her course load includes but is not limited to: Modern dance (fusion of Lester Horton, Martha Graham, Jose' Limon, William Evans and instructor's individual style); ballet (based in the Aggripina Vaganova technique), composition, improvisation, social dance, body conditioning and jazz. The lecture courses are: dance appreciation, choreography, performance, dance history, teaching methods and dance pedagogy. During her tenure, she developed two honors courses: dance & politics and modernism in the 20th century (a collaborative course with a fellow music faculty). Tina continues to seek collaborative projects outside of the dance realm. She has extensive administrative experience in the higher education and non-profit areas which includes marketing, community outreach development, desktop publishing, graphics and educational development. Tina sits on the National Dance Education Organization Arts Advocacy Committee. She served two consecutive terms on the American College Dance Association Board for the South Region. She is a dance specialists for Louisiana A Plus Schools, dance education specialist for the International Association of Blacks in Dance, a certified Pilates Mat Instructor (Balanced Body, LLC), a M'Singha Wuti Umfundalai instructor. She was a member of the 2017 DanceUSA's Institute Leadership Training Program. Specialities: Dance Artist, Educator and Advocate.

    Mission Chasse Dance

    Mission Chasse’ is the regions only mobile/Pop Up dance studio, offering the finest training in dance techniques. Whether for personal growth, children's birthdays, team building, group events or group enrichment, we’re here to help you achieve your goals.

    Breyonna Erakae Milton

    Breyonna Milton started her dance training on her high school drill team, the J. Frank Dobie Lariaettes. She attended San Jacinto Community College where she obtained her Associates Degree in Dance. Currently, Milton is studying dance at the University of Houston where she plans to finish up her Bachelors of Arts Degree. Milton's first job was at AMA Dance Etc, where she taught jazz and hip-hop to children ages four through sixteen . She is currently volunteering as a dance coach for the Southbelt Alliance dance team. Milton finds great joy in working with the youth. After graduating, she plans to go into the field of dance education where she will be teaching dance to children K-5. ​

    Individuals

    $25

    Organizations

    $40