The Annual Urban Bush Women Dance Residency

UB Theatre and Dance (THD) hosts an annual Urban Bush Women (UBW) Dance Residency. Over a two-week period each academic year, the company teaches classes and workshops for Department and University students and develops new work for UBW in the Center for the Arts Black Box Theatre.

Initiated in 2021, the collaboration between the company, the Department, and the College of Arts and Sciences helps to fulfill an educational priority, giving upcoming student-artists exposure and access to professionals in the field. Sustained engagement not only expands opportunities for student and faculty research and creative activity, but also brings a diverse array of artist-scholar-collaborators to interact across the College, University, and Buffalo-at-large.

Photos by Meredith Forrest Kulwicki

Lead by Artistic Directors Chanon Judson (UB Visiting Associate Professor) and Samantha Speis, UBW galvanizes artists, activists, audiences and communities through performances, artist development, education and community engagement. With the groundbreaking performance ensemble at its core, and ongoing programs including the Summer Leadership Institute (SLI), BOLD (Builders, Organizers & Leaders through Dance) and the Choreographic Center Initiative, UBW promotes artistic legacies; projects the voices of the under-heard and people of color; brings attention to and addresses issues of equity in the dance field and throughout the United States; and provides platforms and serves as a conduit for culturally and socially relevant experimental art makers.