Keynote speaker

Theresa Ruth Howard is a former member of the Dance Theater of Harlem, and Armitage Gone! Dance. She has worked extensively with choreographer Donald Byrd, and has been a guest artist with Complexions Contemporary Ballet. She has been a member of the Ballet Faculty at the Ailey School, for over 17 years and has taught and choreographed internationally in conservatories, universities, festivals, and intensives.

As a journalist she has contributed to the Source and Pointe, Expressions (Italy), and Tanz (Germany) Magazines, and is a contributing writer for Dance Magazine. She is the founder and curator of MoBBallet. org (Memoirs of Blacks in Ballet) which was recently granted by the Knight Foundation. In addition to MoBB’s online initiative to curate the stories of Black Ballet artists internationally, it presents panels, workshops and gatherings dedicated to building bridges of understanding and education between communities and cultures in dance and beyond. Theresa Howard works as a Diversity Strategist and consultant assisting arts organizations better understand, design and implement DEI programs and initiatives. Presently she serves as a member of the Design and Facilitation Team of The Equity Project: Increasing the Presence of Blacks in Ballet, a three-year partnership program to support the advancement of racial equity in professional ballet companies. The Equity Project: Increasing the Presence of Blacks in Ballet brings together a cohort of artistic and executive leaders from 21 large budget, professional ballet organizations for inperson meetings and coaching, with the purpose of increasing the presence of blacks in ballet in all areas of the industry.