Photo Credit: Alexander Sargent; Photo caption: MADC artists completing a bow after Me<We: a solo dance concert.
MODArts Dance Collective (MADC), a Harlem based multicultural professional modern dance company established in 2011 by Leah & Shaun Tubbs, is composed of a community of dancers who strive to show up as their authentic selves inside and out of the studio, as well as doing the work to grow individually and as a collective. MADC employs a synthesis of movement from the African and Black American Diaspora: modern, jazz, and West African to celebrate the ancestors and honor the elders while articulating the human condition and spirit through the unbounded art form of dance. MADC uses movement as a vehicle to connect, inspire, and uplift people from various walks of life.
MADC holds space for BIPOC through its choreographic work, festivals, concerts, residencies, & workshops. The vision of MADC is to reflect the historical and cultural legacy of black and brown communities through all of its offerings to people and audiences nationwide. The mission of MADC is to utilize movement as the catalyst to increase IDEA (inclusion, diversity, equity, & access) as a form of resistance & liberation for Black & Brown people nationwide. The core values of MADC are to create, share, and inspire:
We create work, curriculum, and syllabi to honor and celebrate the ancestors and elders whose shoulders that we stand on.
We share movement that speaks to the history and subject matters relevant to all BIPOC communities.
We inspire people through our choreographic work, classes, workshops, and residencies that hold safe, open spaces for Black & Brown people to heal, grow, and thrive as individuals and as a collective.
MADC prides itself on its distinction as a collective as we maintain that the ‘we’ is greater than the ‘me’ and that our primary goal is to establish a sustainable and nurturing community. We hold space for BIPOC communities to show up as their most authentic selves as a form of resistance. We nurture art as a form of liberation - creating a world where we can be seen and heard as our whole selves, not in constant fear for our lives. MADC is not only a traditional dance company whose season consists of two concerts and a gala. We know firsthand the deficiency of IDEA (Inclusion, Diversity, Equality, Access) in the dance field and provide open, safe spaces for Black and Brown artists and communities to heal, grow, and thrive through our free residencies, free workshops, festivals, and concerts with cost effective ticket prices so everyone has access to dance that reflects BIPOC culture and histories that resonate with a broader audience.