In order to build a successful and sustainable event, The Austin Belly Dance Convention is now working in conjunction with Texas Folklife, a 501c(3) organization dedicated to preserving and presenting the diverse cultures and living heritage of the Lone Star State.
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For 20 years, the Austin Belly Dance Convention has served the Austin and Middle Eastern communities by promoting and supporting dance, music, and art in positive and creative ways. The convention offers opportunities for all audiences to experience a diverse cultural heritage. The ABDC participants have the opportunity to learn about regional Middle Eastern traditional and contemporary dances as well as fusion styles that developed in the United States over the past 140 years. The ABDC maintains tradition while embracing the contemporary.
Our goal for the ABDC is to achieve broad, diverse accessibility and participation. The event offers opportunities for education, performances, new product distribution, artist collaboration, networking, and professional development. The ABDC features emerging local talent, local talent who are nationally and internationally recognized, and other world renowned artists. Professional and amateur participants from any field that intersects with Middle Eastern dance, including dancers, musicians, costumers, vendors, artists, scholars, photographers, and videographers create this unique event.
The ABDC contributes to Austin’s cultural tourism development by helping make our city a recognized destination for learning. The ABDC is known as an international conference with its unique and artistic experience drawing in locals and international travelers alike. In 2015, our 250+ attendees came from 10 states and 4 countries.