Urban Jazz Dance Company
A member of Intersection for the Arts
Founded in 2007 by pioneering Deaf dancer/choreographer Antoine Hunter, Urban Jazz Dance Company consists of a mix of professional Deaf and Hearing dancers. UJDC's mission is to provide opportunities for Deaf and other-abled artists to contribute to the arts and larger society, increasing awareness around Deaf issues via the performing arts. Featuring the syncopation of urban jazz rhythms, the company values the importance of play and performance to connect cultures of all races, ages, abilities, and backgrounds. UJDC performs all over the Bay Area and beyond, including at festivals, such as at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Black Choreographers Festival, CubaCaribe Festival, Art and Soul Festival, DeafNation, DisneyLand Disney's Signin' in the Street, Oregon Shakespeare festival's Green Show, and the Ethnic Dance Festival. Its programs thrill Deaf and Hearing audiences alike. UJDC is also the producer of the annual Bay Area International Deaf Dance Festival and views Deafness as a human experience with its own values, principles, and cultural norms – not a disability.
A project of Urban Jazz Dance Company, The Bay Area Deaf International Dance Festival (BAIDDF) celebrates the creative talents of Deaf and Hard of Hearing performing and fine artists in the disciplines of dance, music, painting, and handcrafted artisan wares. It includes workshops in Deaf Leadership Development within the arts and showcases the exciting results of collaborations between hearing and Deaf artists. Exciting workshops are provided for both children and adults by our Deaf Domestic and International Artists.