Our Mission

The mission of Ohio Black Dance is to cultivate a diverse community focused on the advancement of African American dance artist and culture.

  • Promoting increased professional, educational, social, and economic development and equality...
  • Facilitating the retention of dance professionals through the development of culturally specific funding and employment opportunities...
  • Celebrating the contributions made to the American dance tradition by African American dance artists in and from Ohio.

Our Story

Established in 2011, Ohio Black Dance is a state-wide dance education and advocacy organization that promotes the preservation of the black dance tradition and continued cultivation of dance artists of color.  Ohio Black Dance was created to affect positive change to the artistic environment for Ohio's African American Dance Artist.


Lawrence T. Lemon

Founder & CEO

Gamal Brown

Vice President

Charmella Wilks

Community Advisory Chair

Roger Colbert

Financial Committee Chair

Welcome to Ohio Black Dance...

If you are interested in learning more about the Ohio Black Dance organization or joining the Movement to "Keep Black Dance Alive", then this is for you!