Urban Bush Women

Urban Bush Women (UBW), founded in 1984 by Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, is a Brooklyn, New York-based non-profit dance company and the only professional African-American women's dance company in existence. The ensemble performs choreography by Zollar and other choreographers, often with a focus on the experiences of women of African descent.

Complete Works

2016 -

  • SCAT!

2015 -

  • Walking With ‘Trane Side A & B

2014 -

  • Hep Hep Sweet Sweet
  • Walking With 'Trane, Chapter 2
  • dark swan
  • Chalabati

2010 -

  • Zollar: Uncensored
  • Body Talk

2009 -

  • Naked City


  • Batty Moves


The company has been commissioned by presenters nationwide, and includes among its honors a New York Dance and Performance Award (“Bessie”); the Capezio Award for Outstanding Achievement in Dance; and two 2004 Doris Duke Awards for New Work from the American Dance Festival. In March 2010, UBW toured South America as part of DanceMotion USA, a cultural diplomacy initiative spearheaded by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and the Brooklyn Academy of Music.[1]


UBW has performed in New York City and throughout the United States, as well as Asia, Australia, Canada, Germany, South America, Europe and Senegal (in collaboration with Germaine Acogny and her all-male Compagnie JANT-BI).

Performances in the USA include Jacob's Pillow, Spoleto USA, National Black Arts Festival, Dance Umbrella UK, and Lincoln Center. The company's repertory consists of 33 works choreographed by Zollar including ambitious collaborations with jazz artist David Murray; poets Laurie Carlos and Carl Hancock Rux; directors Steve Kent and Elizabeth Herron; and the National Song and Dance Company of Mozambique (supported by The Ford Foundation's Africa Exchange Program).


  1. "DanceMotion USA Blog: Dance Motion USA 2010, a recap". Dmusa.blogspot.com. 2010-08-11. Retrieved 2017-03-09.

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