Located at 138 S. Oxford St in the Brooklyn borough of New York City, Urban Bush Women (UBW) was founded in 1984 by Jawole Willa Jo Zollar.  Having majored in dance, Zollar is an alumna of University of Missouri at Kansas City and Florida State University, where she is tenured professor of dance. 

In 1980, she studied under the direction of Dianne McIntyre, the founder and director of Sounds in Motion Dance Company, a studio and dance company in the Harlem community of New York City.  Inspired by the work of McIntyre and African-American pioneer of modern dance, Blondell Cummings, Zollar created Urban Bush Women, the first dance company comprised of only Black women dancers.

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