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Get Ready to Groove: Neon Black Dance Festival Unveils Indy’s First-Ever Black Dance Extravaganza!

Celebrating Black Joy, Power, and Excellence Through Dance

The Circle City is about to witness an electrifying celebration of Black dance and culture. The Neon Black Dance Festival, the first of its kind in Indianapolis, is set to debut on June 8 and 9 at the Madame Walker Legacy Theatre.

This two-day extravaganza promises to be a vibrant showcase of Black joy, power, and excellence through the art of dance.

“The festival is for any age, any experience,” said Lauren Curry, director of Indy Movement Arts. “We are very adamant that this is a space for people to connect with each other and connect with the space.”

Renowned Dance Leader Michelle Gibson Takes Center Stage

Adding to the festival’s allure is the presence of Michelle Gibson, a renowned New Orleans-inspired dance leader. Her organic movements and worship of the mind-body-soul connection will be on full display during her “Buckshop” performance, accompanied by a live brass band.

“This is monumental. For me to be a part of this convocation is honorable for me,” Gibson said. “I want Indianapolis to embody and understand experience through culture.”

Showcasing Local BIPOC-Led Dance Groups

The Neon Black Dance Festival aims to inspire young dancers in the city and highlight the talents of dancers of color. Ten local BIPOC-led dance groups will grace the stage, celebrating the rich diversity of Black dance styles and expressions.

“People of color and specifically Black people in America have been shut out of this more formalized concert dance economy,” Curry explained. “Whether it’s the Black body being rejected or it’s Black culture being rejected or devalued, Black Americans have so much more to offer with dance.”

Fostering a Vibrant Arts Scene in Indianapolis

Beyond celebrating Black dance, the festival organizers at Indy Movement Arts hope to inspire artists and participants to feel valued and empowered. They envision Indianapolis as a thriving arts-friendly city that attracts and retains artists of all backgrounds.

“If Indianapolis doesn’t begin to strengthen the cultural and arts infrastructure, that’s going to continue to happen,” Curry said, referring to the exodus of artists to cities like Chicago.

To be a part of this groundbreaking event and experience the power of Black dance, register for the open workshop and learn more about the Neon Black Dance Festival at