Strong Family Dance Assembly Welcomes Back UBW Troupe

Written by Jay Gerlach, Drama & Dance Department Chair

As part of the annual Strong Family Dance Assembly, RCDS welcomed Urban Bush Women (UBW), a modern dance company based in Brooklyn, N.Y., for a series of on-campus performances and workshops. UBW had performed last year for the RCDS community and was so warmly received that a repeat performance was scheduled. The troupe weaves contemporary dance, music, and text with the history, culture, and spiritual traditions of African Americans and the African diaspora. UBW's performance impressed students, faculty, and staff in all three divisions with its bold, innovative, demanding, and exciting style that challenged assumptions about people of color, body types, movement styles, society, and history. We are immensely grateful to Roger, Nancy, and Sarah Strong for their continued support of dance education at RCDS and for bringing this meaningful experience to the community.