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Dance/Opportunity – Contemporary Intensive, International Independent Study Program and The School at Steps Summer Intensive Seek Talent with International Audition Tour 



Steps Conservatory, Summer Study NYC: A Contemporary Intensive, International Independent Study Program and The School at Steps Summer Intensive Seek Talent with International Audition Tour 

 Steps on Broadway, NYC’s legendary professional dance center committed to training and maintaining the integrity of the art form, increases their international reach with a first-time national and international audition tour. Led by newly appointed Student Programs Audition Director, Davis Robertson, under the direction of Mindy Upin Jackson, Director of Professional Training Programs, and Kate Thomas, Director of The School at Steps, a 12-city tour is underway through early Spring and offers the dedicated dancer various opportunities for study during the summer months and beyond.  Through intensive training, performance, and evaluations, these intimate curriculum-based programs, Summer Study NYC: A Contemporary Intensive, Steps Conservatory, and the International Independent Study Program, create polished, versatile dancers brimming with the confidence and enthusiasm to enter the highly competitive world of concert and commercial dance. The audition tour will also be recruiting students for The School at Steps’ Senior Summer Intensive, for aspiring professional dancers ages 15-18.

“While we are a home for local dancers to maintain their training, our carefully curated programs utilize the expansive network we have built at Steps, and open our doors to dancers from all over the world throughout the year,” explains Diane Grumet, Co-Artistic Director of Steps on Broadway. “These summer programs give dancers an important next step in their training—broadening their home studio or university training with leading choreographers and artists in the dance capital of the world that is New York City.”

Summer Study NYC: A Contemporary Intensive (ages 18 and older) is specifically designed for the dancer preparing for a professional career. This program offers intermediate and advanced dancers, one or two 4-week sessions with classes taught by world-renowned contemporary masters as well as by our illustrious faculty. This intensive is designed to strengthen technique and artistry and provide an introduction to NYC’s professional dance community. Students take 17 classes per week including technique, Steps with Contemporary Masters, Creative Tools, and Performance Skills, and build relationships with at least nine Artistic Directors and Contemporary choreographers in each session. Students from past summers have been hired by Heidi Latsky Dance, Janis Brenner & Dancers, have freelanced with Francesca Harper, and been awarded apprenticeships with Rioult Dance NY. Upon fulfilling program requirements, students receive a Certificate of Completion at their final performance.

Steps Conservatory (ages 17-24) is a two-year curriculum-based intensive program specifically designed to strengthen technique and artistry, thus preparing the dancer for a professional career in either the concert or commercial dance world. Dancers in the Conservatory take 15-18 weekly classes from our daily schedule as well as private Performance Enrichment workshops, such as vocal training, health and wellness, repertory, composition, dance history, career development, and much more. Over the two years, students build a professional network, thereby positioning themselves for future employment. The program provides an introduction to NYC’s professional dance community, not only through study but also through multiple performance opportunities throughout the four semesters. Upon fulfilling program requirements, students receive a Certificate of Completion.

International Independent Study Program (ages 18-35) is designed so that each participant has the flexibility to create their own class schedule and experience New York City’s dance community in motion. This M-1 visa program is designed for dancers and dance educators at the intermediate to professional level, who want to explore the diversity of techniques and styles Steps has to offer. To date, the program has hosted dancers from Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Uruguay, Colombia, Argentina, United Kingdom, Spain, Morocco, Hungary, Austria, Netherlands, Sweden, Germany, France, Italy, Australia, Ukraine, Israel, Lebanon, Uzbekistan, India, South Africa, Japan, and Taiwan. Students may join the program for three, six or twelve months.

The School at Steps Summer Intensives offer a rigorous multidisciplinary curriculum for the aspiring professional dancer. A minimum of four to five years of significant ballet training is required. Students are placed by audition in either the Junior (ages 9-12) or Senior Intensive (ages 12-18) based on age and ability, each with their own set of core classes and minimum class requirements. Daily classes in ballet and pointe are supplemented with pas de deux, variations, contemporary partnering, repertory, coaching, theater dance, jazz, hip hop, and Horton-based modern. Each session culminates in a studio performance.

MEXICO: Escuela Cubana de Ballet de Veracruz, March 13
CHINA: The Hong Kong Academy for the Performing Arts, March 18
NEW YORK: Steps on Broadway, March 18, and May 13
NEW YORK: The School at Steps, February 25, March 4, March 18, April 8, and May 6
BOSTON: Boston Conservatory at Berklee, April 2
CHICAGO: Lou Conte Dance Studios/Hubbard Street Dance Center, April 22
JACKSONVILLE, FL: Florida Ballet, April 22
FLORIDA: Lauderhill Performing Arts Center, April 23

Dancers in Sydney, Australia, Florence, Genova, Milan, Urbino and Ravenna Italy have already auditioned.

For the full audition tour and information, visit

All classes will take place at Steps on Broadway, located at 2121 Broadway between 74th and 75thStreets and is accessible by the 1,2,3, C, and B trains to 72nd Street.


Founded by Carol Paumgarten in 1979, Steps on Broadway is an internationally recognized training center providing excellence in programming that supports the art and the artist. Steps is home to more than 250 world-renowned teachers who offer over 300 dance and exercise classes a week. Throughout the year, Steps incorporates guest artists, special master classes, performances and special events. For over three decades Steps has been a training ground for generations of aspiring and professional dancers. Steps also offers professional training programs which include the two-year Steps Conservatory, Summer Study NYC, International Independent Study Program, and Steps’ Steele Pilates Teacher Mat Certification.

Directed by Kate Thomas, The School at Steps cultivates young dancers, ages 18 mos. – 18 yrs., from their first step in a dance studio through their pre-professional training. Students discover their individual artistic voices in a creative environment with the guidance of an internationally recognized faculty. The personal attention the school provides encourages students to mature as dancers, grow as individuals, and enrich their passion for the art form. School at Steps graduates go on to dance with professional companies, study at top college dance programs, and perform on Broadway.

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MoBBallet’s Roll Call is a list of professional black ballet dancers that today features 301 names and is growing as black ballet artists submit their names. The site also houses an E–Zine that features insights on issues affecting both the ballet world and society such as diversity and inclusion –and a timeline that spans the history of black ballet from 1919 to present day.



Initiative Creates a Shift in Perspective on the Current Conversation around Diversity in Ballet through Stories of Current and Past Black Professional Ballet Dancers

Dancer Theresa Ruth Howard announces the launch of Memoirs of Blacks in Ballet (MoBBallet), a groundbreaking legacy project documenting and transforming conversations around black ballet artists. The initiative will focus on bringing visibility to the lesser-known history of black ballet dancers around the world through video profiles, essays and archival data which capture the artistry and humanity of black ballet dancers. At launch, MoBBallet’s website houses a community sourced Roll Call which lists the names of black ballet dancers past and present, a digital timeline that places historical moments in black ballet history next to key events in world history, and an E-Zine that sheds light on issues affecting the ballet community and society at large.


The recipient of a $50,000 grant from the Knight Foundation, MoBBallet’s first anchor project, the Philadelphia Project, will document the stories of four Philadelphia trained black ballerinas— including Joan Myers Brown, founder of The Philadelphia Dance Company (PHILADANCO!), Delores Browne from the New York Negro Ballet Company and Judith Jamison, Artistic Director Emerita of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.

Coinciding with the launch of MoBBallet, founder Theresa Ruth Howard will serve as keynote speaker at Dutch National Ballet’s Positioning Ballet conference on February 11th, where she will officially introduce MoBBallet’s mission to promote larger discussions within the international dance community around the stories of black ballet dancers. A select group of leading artistic directors from America, Europe, Asia and Russia have been invited to attend the conference.

“Diversity in Ballet in America is a very specific challenge given our racial history” remarks Howard. “The histories and demographics of each of the companies that will be represented during Positioning Ballet are just as specific. This is an unprecedented opportunity to see and hear what their issues are regarding diversity in the field.”

To date, MoBBallet has captured over 301 names to the Roll Call and calls for professional black ballet dancers not already on the list to add their names. MoBBallet’s archival information covers important moments in the history of black ballet from 1919 to present day.


ABOUT MOBBALLET Memoirs of Blacks in Ballet (MoBBallet) is a non-profit organization that is building a digital archive where the history of blacks in professional ballet can be preserved. Founded by ballerina Theresa Ruth Howard, MoBBallet facilitates authentic dialogues on diversity, equality and aesthetics through workshops, panels and video profiles of both iconic and emerging black ballet dancers. The online archive provides timelines of important moments in the history of black ballet and juxtaposes them against key moments in world history. The Roll Call initiative is an ever-expanding list of black ballet dancers past and present –E-Zine brings visibility to issues that loom large in both the ballet world and society such as diversity and inclusion.
ABOUT THERESA RUTH HOWARD Founder of MoBBallet, Theresa Ruth Howard is an expert and advocate on the issue of diversity in Ballet. She has sat on panels for Dance/USA, Dance/NYC, Collegium for African Diaspora Dance at Duke University, and collaborated with International Association of Blacks in Dance in the planning and facilitation of the first Ballet Audition for female ballet dancers of color. A former member of the Dance Theater of Harlem, and Armitage Gone! Dance, Howard has worked extensively with choreographer Donald Byrd, and was a guest artist with Complexions Contemporary Ballet. As a contributor to Pointe, Expressions (Italy), Tanz (Germany) and dance media publications, Howard has emerged as a clear and defining voice on topics such as body image and race. She holds more than 17 years of experience as a dance educator including Ballet Faculty at the Ailey School.

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CONFERENCES Theater Music Dance Arts APAP NYC 2017 Jan 3-10, NYC

The Association of Performing Arts Presenters (APAP) will bring more than 3,600 artists and performing industry leaders from the worlds of dance, theater, music, opera, family programing and more to New York City Jan. 6-10. Preconference workshops and events, many of which are free and open to the public, take place Jan. 5-6. You will especially want to attend and cover plenary sessions, where major artists and leaders from arts, culture and other sectors will share their perspectives on conference themes and engage with the audience of local, national and global arts professionals. Please also spread the word early that plenaries are also live streamed.

APAP works to advance the global performing arts industry, and the annual conference offers one-on-one contact and shared experience and insights for members, the public, and the media. The event provides significant opportunities, economically and creatively, for the range of constituents comprising the performing arts presenting field. This year APAP|NYC will feature artists and arts leaders at the top of their fields; more than 1,000 world-class performance showcases; more than 370 exhibitors promoting their artists and their work in the EXPO Hall; more than 60 professional development sessions and intensives, some open to the public; the annual APAP awards luncheon, and a free classical music concert at Carnegie Hall.


The conference again provides a platform for artists, presenters, promoters, and other performing arts professionals to reflect and engage in discussions and solutions around pressing current issues such as cultural conflict and social justice—issues that have intensified since last January and that resonate throughout our communities in the U.S. and worldwide, fueling our collective need for innovation and creativity.


•The opening plenary Friday at 5:00 pm will include

welcome remarks from  Mario Garcia Durham, President and CEO of APAP,

opening remarks from a nationally-known arts and cultural leader (to be confirmed),

followed by a panel discussion moderated by Robyn Archer, Deputy Chair of the Australia Council.

Panelists will include several dynamic thought leaders such as

Chicana activist Martha Gonzalez, who is a singer/percussionist with Quetzal, a bilingual (Spanish-English) Chicano rock band from East Los Angeles

and Jose Antonio Vargas, founder of Define American.

An additional speaker will join the above to explore how artists and cultural leaders, in collaboration with agent/managers, presenters and other co-producers have the potential to serve as catalysts for positive community engagement that leads to social change and social justice.

•At the 9:00 am featured session Saturday, “Changing the Flow: Creativity, Innovation and Disruption at Work,”

Steven Tepper, dean of the new Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at ASU will lead a discussion

with digital media expert Michael Hawley and others to explore the creative capacities needed to advance culture, build community and address the most pressing challenges of today. (The institute at ASU is a think tank that brings high-powered creatives together to reconsider how we talk about the arts as a creative and innovative force.) The session is followed by breakout discussion groups.

•Sessions that tie to APAP year around programs, grants and resources, including:

oAPAP’s Building Bridges:  Arts, Culture, and Identity grants program, aimed at building greater knowledge and awareness about Muslim societies and how to affect social change in these troubled times

oThe Cultural Exchange Laboratory (CXL), a new tool and resource to support the process of identifying, booking and touring international artists

oA session on how to use marketing research to build arts audiences, including hints on designing and applying market research activities to arts organizations (based on The Wallace Foundation’s Building Arts Audiences initiative)

oSharing of experiences by members of the first cohort of APAP Leadership Fellows who reach across generations, gender, job sectors and other ways performing arts professionals identify themselves in the presenting field

•The APAP|NYC “5 Minutes to SHINE!” competition Jan. 9 at 9:30 a.m., where artists, presenters, agents and other industry professionals share a compelling story or idea in an exciting pecha kucha format and the audience votes on one winner to present at the Annual APAP|NYC Awards Luncheon the same day

•New this year, each plenary will open with a “creative moment,” a brief performance or guided creative experience that provokes, inspires or otherwise sets the stage for the conversation that follows (e.g. spoken word artist Marc Bamuthi Joseph and violinist Daniel Bernard Roumain before Friday’s opening plenary; and Heidi Latsky’s piece, “On Display,” with up to 50 dancers with disabilities strategically placed across the entrance area to the Saturday plenary session.

•Each year the popular, fast-moving pecha kucha-style plenary Saturday at noon features five ultra-creative artists that talk about their source of inspiration, their career arc, and their place in these challenging times.

APAP|NYC 2017 is a monumental gathering of performers, agents, presenters, producers and more, with great stories to tell and mesmerizing visuals everywhere you look.

Plenary and Featured Speaker Highlights:

•Taylor Mac whose recent work, “A 24-Decade History of Popular Music,” speaks directly to today’s headlines around equality, equity, civility and our fundamental human rights; his recent 24-hour marathon performance was featured in The New York Times, and he was recently reviewed by The  Guardian.

•Camille A. Brown, dancer, choreographer, and founder of Camille A. Brown & Dancers, which is recognized for its introspective approach to cultural themes through visceral movement and socio-political dialogues.

•Maysoon Zayid, Arab-American comedienne, writer and tap dancer from New Jersey; at her TED Talk she said “I got 99 problems…palsy is just one”

•Paola Prestini, plays the German lieder and composed the new production of the opera “Gilgamesh”

•Jonah Bokaer, choreographer and media artist whose latest collaboration with Daniel Arsham and Pharrell Williams, “Rules of the Game,” is in the midst of a global tour.

•Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, dancer, teacher and choreographer of modern dance, and founder of Urban Bush Women dance company

•Jose Antonio Vargas, who started the platform called “Defining American,” and explores the question, “What does it mean to be American?” He is a Filipino immigrant who is gay, and thus has been through most of the identity battles

•Aaron Dworkin, dean, School of Music, Theater and Dance; University of Michigan

•Steven Tepper, dean, Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts

December 24, 2016 Posted by | avant-garde, BUSINESS, CULTURE, ENTREPRENEURS, HOLIDAY GUIDES, Music, opportunity, Uncategorized, We Recommend | , , , , | Leave a comment

DANCE : Floor Friends/ Sarah Chien, Ethan Meigs + Dinner 12//17 * Brooklyn, NY

This Saturday at 7:30pm, Sarah Chien be showing a new improvised duet called “Tethered” and it would mean so much to see you there!
She hasjoined forces with fellow improviser Ethan Meigs, and they are exploring the duality of structure- how it can both restrict and liberate us. There’s a certain magic that happens when we’re in the space together- and we all hope you can come witness it!
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Brooklyn Studios for Dance, where I’ve been teaching this fall, is organizing this incredible hybrid evening that includes an improv jam, a dinner and an improvisationally arranged showcase of work by 12 artists. Our duet will be part of the performance portion of the evening (starting around 7:30), but you are welcome to come earlier and join us in all of the festivities starting from 5pm.
Dinner is included in the $10 admission (whaaat?!). No reservations, just show up!
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If you’re not free on Saturday, they will be doing a preview performance on Tuesdayat 7:30 pm at The Woods Cooperative, 1826 Palmetto. #1 in Ridgewood. I believe its free as part of Dance to the People’s Holiday Partylet-light-in-12-17-sarah-chien
They are so excited to showing this work at such welcoming, community-focused spaces. You’ll be welcome too!
– Please support Sarah and her wonderful choreography. We Recommend it!
Sarah Chien

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December 13, 2016 Posted by | ART, avant-garde, BUSINESS, CULTURE, ENTREPRENEURS, FOOD AND WINE, HOLIDAY GUIDES, Uncategorized, We Recommend | , , , , , | Leave a comment

ARTS – #APAP #NYC — January In NYC links 12 major performing arts festivals and conferencess around APAP|NYC 2017 1/3-22/17

45,000 Performing Arts Professionals and Enthusiasts Await the Most Comprehensive Celebration of the Performing Arts Around the Globe
 January 3-22

January In NYC links 12 major performing arts festivals and conferencess around APAP|NYC 2017

November 3, 2016– Every January in New York City, more than 45,000 industry professionals and enthusiasts come together to experience the most comprehensive celebration of the performing arts around the globe. This January 3-22, a dozen events organized by leading arts organizations will spotlight the best and newest in theater, dance, opera and music. With more than 1,500 world-class showcases and full-length performances, concerts and public programs, conferences, keynote speakers, professional development and networking opportunities, the partnership of public festivals and industry events, January In NYC demonstrates how rich, vibrant, vast and diverse the performing arts are.


“There is an electricity in the air the moment all of these performing arts professionals and festival-goers descend upon the streets, clubs, performance spaces and conference hotels of New York during the first few weeks of January,” said Mario Garcia Durham, president and CEO of the Association of Performing Arts Presenters (APAP).


EVENTS FOR 2017 include conferences, festivals and concerts—many open to the public. Details are available at and individual event websites:


American Dance Platform, Jan. 3-8,

Performance Space 122’s COIL Festival, Jan. 3-22,

The Public Theater’s Under the Radar Festival (UTR), Jan. 4-15,

Jazz Connect Conference, Jan. 5-6,

Wavelengths: APAP World Music Preconference, Jan. 5-6,

NYC Winter Jazzfest, Jan. 5-10,

American Realness, Jan. 5-15,

PROTOTYPE: Opera/Theatre/Now, Jan. 5-15,

APAP|NYC 2017, Jan. 6-10 and Preconference, Jan 5-6,

globalFEST, Jan. 8,

ISPA’s 99th Congress, Jan. 10-12,

Chamber Music America (CMA), Jan. 12-15,

January In NYC grew organically as live arts festivals and professional events were scheduled around the annual Association of Performing Arts Presenters conference (APAP|NYC), which will celebrate 60 years in 2017. Organizers of events built onto the concentration of artists and presenters already traveling to New York. In January 2014, nine such organizations formed a deliberate collaboration to more effectively and efficiently serve the performing arts community. A dozen groups now comprise the partnership.

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Steps on Broadway is the NYC epicenter for dancers tucked upstairs on the upper west side with nearly a dozen studios. It is a place where dancers come to train, to network, and to become educated on their place in the field, or the place dance holds in the lives of those artists that we like to celebrate, support, and watch from the audience.

This fall season launches a new season of Artist Talks, kicking off November 12 with “Ballet Training for the 21st Century Dancer”- a conversation with actress, dancer and teacher, Nina Goldman, master teacher Zvi Gothheiner,  Artistic Director of Juilliard’s Dance Division, and former ABT prima ballerina Ashley Tuttle. The conversations are always insightful, informative and empowering, providing useful tools and resources for particpants. The remainder of the season is included below. We always love to sit in a theater to watch dance. Rarely do we sit in a studio and talk about it.


  The Steps Beyond Foundation, Steps on Broadway’s non-profit arm which connects artists and community through dialogue, performance, and artistic collaboration, announces upcoming 2016-17 Performance Lab and Artists Talk Series. In engaging emerging dance makers, aspiring professionals, and dance enthusiasts, the Foundation will host a winter and spring Performance Lab January 15 and May 21, four Artist Talk’s November 12, February 11, April 22 and June 24 and a benefit performance of Mimi Quillin’s one woman show, Call Fosse at the Minskoff on December 3rd. All events are held in the Steps Studio Theater on Manhattan’s Upper West Side.

In line with the Foundation’s mission to act as an educational vehicle for both aspiring and professional artists, the Artists Talk Series consists of conversations with internationally renowned industry professionals, book signings, DVD launch parties, and film screenings. The series fosters a creative and provocative learning environment, and the opportunity to network with dance, theater and music professionals. On November 12, the Foundation will welcome Artistic Director of the Juilliard Dance Division, Larry Rhodes, master teacher and founder of ZviDance, Zvi Gotheiner, dancer and teacher Nina Goldman, and prima ballerina and teacher, Ashley Tuttle, for the first talk of the 2016-2017 Season: Ballet Training for the 21st Century Dancer. Future artist talks are scheduled for February 11, April 22 and June 24, covering aspects of auditioning, teaching, performance, and elements of the creative process.

The Performance Lab offers choreographers and emerging dance makers an opportunity to present completed works, works in progress, or experimental concepts in a highly curated studio theater setting. Led by Steps Beyond’s Production Manager Bradley Shelver, each choreographer selected for the lab presents an eight-minute premiere and is granted technical tools and support to cultivate an evening presentation. The first lab of the season took place October 9 and featured performances by New Jersey Dance Theater Ensemble, Periapsis Music and Dance, FJK Dance, and more. The next lab will take place January 15, with a focus on musical theater, and May 21, for an evening of ballet premieres. Choreographer selections and works to be presented will be announced upon application deadlines.

November 12, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.: Artist Talk: Ballet Training for the 21st Century Dancer
December 3, 2016 – Call Fosse at the Minskoff
January 15, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.: Performance Lab Series: A Look at Musical Theater Choreography
February 11, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.: Artist Talk, Topic to be announced
April 22, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.: Artist Talk, Topic to be announced
May 21, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.: Performance Lab Series: A Look at Ballet
June 24 at 7:30p.m.: Artist Talk, The Creative Process Unraveled

All tickets are on sale at

Steps on Broadway is located at 2121 Broadway at 74th Street, and is accessible by the 1,2, and 3 trains.


Launched in 2015 and directed by Diane Grumet, The Steps Beyond Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to developing and sustaining dance artistry and cultivating supporters of the dance community. The Foundation offers collaborative opportunities among established and emerging artists through community engagement, dance scholarships, performances and special events.

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DANCE — TICKETS GOING FAST FOR E-MOVES 17!!! 4/7 – 4/8 *Harlem Stage Saturday 4/9(Sold Out)


As you may already know, Davalois Fearon will be performing & premiering the “Water, Thirst & Storm” sections of Consider Water as part of E-Moves 17 at Harlem Stage. She Co-Headlines the performances with Emmy-winning tap artist Jason Samuels Smith, hip-hop and soul artist Laurie Taylor, and salsa specialist Desiree Godsell.
With One Show Already SOLD OUT, you don’t want to wait-GET YOUR TICKETS TODAY!To Purchase Tickets, click on the links below:
Thursday, 4/7
Friday, 4/8    Saturday 4/9(Sold Out)Harlem Stage
150 Convent Ave, New York, NY 1003l
1, B or C train to 135th stEMoves 2016
Support for the creation and development of Water, Thirst & Storm  has been provided through the Harlem Stage Fund for New Work, which has received support from the Jerome Foundation. Water, Thirst & Storm premiered at The Harlem Stage Gatehouse on April 7th, 2016 as part of EMoves 17.
Water, Thirst & Storm is a part of a larger work in progress piece titled Consider Water which received generous support from the Bronx Council on the Arts.

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DANCE SYMPOSIUM : Town Hall: Perspectives on Cultural Identity in Dance 4/4/16 *nyc

Monday, April 4, 2016

Town Hall: Perspectives on Cultural Identity in Dance

Monday, April 4, 2016
5:00-8:00 p.m.

City College Center for the Arts
Aaron Davis Hall, Marian Anderson Theater
West 135th Street and Convent Avenue
Harlem, NY 10031

Wheelchair Accessible
Register: Register now. Requests for reasonable accommodations should be made in advance by contacting Dance/NYC at 212.966.4452 (Voice only)

The Harlem Arts Alliance (HAA), in partnership with Elisa Monte Dance, the City College Center for the Arts, Dance/NYC and Women of Color in the Arts (WOCA), present a DANCE-focused TOWN HALL meeting that includes:



  • Dance Resource Stations with information provided by Asian American Arts Alliance, Dance/NYC, Dance/NYC Junior Committee, Elisa Monte Dance, EmcArts, The Field, Fractured Atlas, Harlem Arts Alliance, Harlem Arts Festival, Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce/Harlem Week, Inception To Exhibition, Pentacle, and Women of Color In the Arts
  • Award Presentations to Dance Icons Dianne McIntyre and Virginia Johnson
  • Perspectives on Cultural Identity in Dance: An esteemed panel of guest speakers in a lively discussion about cultural representation in dance. Moderator: Kaisha Johnson | Panelists: Theresa Ruth Howard, Sita Frederick, Marya Weathers, Francine Sheffield, and Camille A. Brown


Dance Resource Station Providers:





Dance/NYC Town Halls are supported in part by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. They are also made possible, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council, and from the National Endowment for the Arts. Consolidated Edison is the lead corporate sponsor.

HAA Dance is made possible with support from the Mertz Gilmore Foundation.

(Photo credit: Elisa Monte Dance by Matthew Murphy)

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Theatre/Performance/Grants – Cole Foundation 2016 Award Recipients

The Cole Foundation, the only private foundation in Montreal with an intercultural theatre program, announces this year’s winners including First Nations theatre companies, theatre for young audiences, and production, commissioning, and translations grants, to promote dialogue between diverse cultures on stage. New works this year explore the effects of radicalization, sex-selective abortion, racial profiling, feminist dialogue between Christians and Muslims, and little known circumpolar communities, among other topics. Full press release attached and below, including quotes from theatre companies.


Intercultural Conversations – Conversations interculturelles

Encouraging theatrical dialogue between the various cultures in Montreal


Twenty local companies awarded indispensable grants for their upcoming seasons


The Cole Foundation is pleased to announce the latest grant winners for the Intercultural Conversations-Conversations Interculturelles (IC-CI) program, established to encourage greater understanding of Montreal’s cultural mosaic by having audiences enjoy professional plays showing diverse cultures on stage and seeing their stories presented. Barry Cole, president and chairman of the Cole Foundation, explains: “Our belief is that these financial awards animate change of theatre practice to include intercultural conversation as part of mainstream theatrical society.” There are three types of intercultural dialogue considered: plays with more than one cultural community in dialogue; plays with only one cultural community- in this case the dialogue is with the audience; and plays that show the uniqueness of the French or English Quebec communities translated into the other language.


It’s heartening that intercultural dialogue is a hot topic. Of note is the ongoing ‘black face’ discussion sparked by Théâtre Rideau Vert, along with conferences on racism (Centre des Auteurs Dramatiques) and diversity (Conseil du theatre Québecois). Awareness and momentum continues with sizeable, established theatre companies submitting requests, including Centaur Theatre and Duceppe, promoting the cause on a considerable scale.  As well, there are ever-increasing numbers of new applicant companies and those that specialize in theatre for young audiences.

This year’s awarded companies

As theatre holds a mirror to society, the IC-CI granting program has reflected the varying cultural landscape over the years, marking our artistically sensitive evolution. New works this year explore the effects of radicalization, sex-selective abortion, racial profiling, feminist dialogue between Christians and Muslims, and little known circumpolar communities, among other topics. Lauded returning applicants strengthen the message: playwright Sarah Berthiaume continues to offer hard-hitting, poignant stories, Annabel Soutar addresses headlines we can’t ignore and Marcus Youssef engages and enlightens children. Cole is especially encouraged seeing requests from theatres for young audiences, “This kind of support has lasting benefits, impressing important values on children and offering productions that return to schools for multiple years.” He also appreciates following the arc of an important, intercultural piece, “The Foundation supported the commission of Porte Parole’s play about Fredy Villanueva and I’m looking forward to see the resulting production.”


COMMISSIONING grants include: Black Theatre WorkshopA Tale of Two Islands by Christine Rodrigues; Geordie ProductionsRadical by Marcus Youssef; Mise au JeuLa pour rester, collective creation; Teesri Duniya TheatreMissing Girl by Rahul Varma and Théâtre BluffAntioche by Sarah Berthiaume.

PRODUCTION grant awards go to: L’Acteur en MarcheKarma by Mohsen El Gharbi; Black Theatre Workshop- Angelique by Lorena Gale, and Bluenose by Emil Sher; Centaur TheatreYou Will Remember Me by François Archambault; DuceppeRace by David Mamet; Geordie ProductionsJabber by Marcus Youssef; Imago TheatreDonna by Stefano Massini (also translation grant); Mise au JeuFéministe et Croyante by Alice Pascual; Nouveau ThéâtreAi-je du sang de dictateur? by Didier Lucien; Porte ParoleFredy by Annabel Soutar; Productions MenuentakuanMuliats, collective creation; Productions OnishkaTsekan, collective creation; Talisman TheatreYukonstyle by Sarah Berthiaume; Théâtre de l’OpsisJ’appelle mes frères by Jonas Hassen Khemiri; Théâtre InclinéNordicité/Walking on the Circle by José Babin; Théâtre I.N.K.File d’attente by Marilyn Perreault (also commissioning grant); Théâtre La ChapelleThe Agokwe Collective by Waawaate Fobister; Théâtre MotusRêves by Izumi Ashizawa & Marco Collin (also commissioning grant) and Volte 21Les Électres des Amériques Les Phares de la Mémoire by Hanna Abd El Nour.


Wide range of theatre companies concur on the need for intercultural dialogue

Race- Duceppe, photo by Caroline Laberge 2

For Théâtre MotusMarie-France Bruyère, “This important contribution will enable us to achieve an intercultural project that would not have otherwise happened, involving artists from different origins as well as children from here and the Innu community of Mashteuiatsh.” For L’Acteur en Marche’s Mohsen El Gharbi, the Cole Foundation contribution is crucial, “This grant will serve as leverage to obtain the rest of the necessary funding. It shows that we have a common concern for dialogue regardless of our origins and the need to fight the demonization of ‘the other’. The Foundation has significantly strengthened Teesri Duniya Theatre’s mission, according to Artistic Director Rahul Varma, “There won’t be intercultural conversation if there isn’t intercultural creation. Here, support goes to the source–the playwright; we can now create original work that diversifies our literary field, enriches our cultural fabric and fosters critical understanding.” For Sarah Chouinard-Poirier from Volte 21, the grant program encourages other partners to invest in daring theatre as necessary for cultural enrichment within a healthy and egalitarian society, “By promoting diversity and providing a forum for artists from various disciplines, generations and cultural backgrounds, the Cole Foundation makes us believe that it is still possible to create art where we can put social issues at the forefront.” Geordie Productions’ Artistic Director Dean Fleming accomplished a successful American showcase of their award-winning Jabber as only one of twelve invited international companies. Fleming adds, “On top of this great news, we are excited to continue our ongoing relationship with playwright Marcus Youssef as he probes the world of an isolated teen’s obsession with a radical group.” The Haitian community is the subject of the next show at Nouveau Théâtre Expérimental according to GM Isabelle Gingras, “We continue our mandate to explore local cultural communities and ensuing healthy and inclusive discussion.” Michel Dumont, artistic director for Duceppe, was able to offer more than a hundred free tickets to youth from different cultural communities, “This is an opportunity to develop audiences; ensuring theatre remains a place of meeting and exchange.”  Joachim Tanguay from Théâtre Bluff welcomes the invaluable support of the Foundation to commission Sarah Berthiaume’s new text inspired by a Radio-Canada report on Cegep youth who joined the Syrian Jihad. “Here, the story of a Muslim woman and her disillusioned Quebec-born daughter explores with great sensitivity the real causes of indoctrination and perceptions of Western values.”

Cole by the numbers


The Cole Foundation is the only private foundation in Montreal with an intercultural theatre program, offering companies up to $25,000 for production grants with the aim to modify public opinion. There is no set limit on the number of companies who can receive funding. Recent grants, totalling a record $334,000 presented to the highest number of applicants since the program’s creation, went to theatre companies for their 2016-2018 seasons. For this year’s competition, the Foundation received 40 applications from 35 companies – 23 French and 12 English, an 11% increase compared to last year. These figures include 3 First Nations productions; 2 in French and 1 in English. Thirty-four applications were for production grants, 10 requests for commissioning money and 1 for translation. Since its inception, the Foundation has contributed to the costs of commissioning 34 plays, the translation of 32 plays, production costs of 90 plays, plus various workshops and outreach events. A panel of bilingual Montreal theatre professionals adjudicate the applications.

Cole Foundation, Barry Cole photo by Steve Gerrard 2

Grants for the next competition relate to shows starting March 1 for the 2017-18 and 2018-19 theatre seasons. The deadline for the next competition of the award is Sept. 30, 2016. Theatre companies interested in applying for a grant will be able to download the necessary application forms from the Cole Foundation’s web site at:

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Dance — Dayton Contemporary Dance Company: 2016 DREAM CATCHERS Season is a Celebration of Women

Dayton Contemporary Dance Company:

The world-renowned Dayton Contemporary Dance Company (DCDC) is the oldest modern dance company in Ohio. Founded in 1968, DCDC is known for its extraordinary artistic DCDC’s words execution and story-telling through dance art of international standard.  Having the world’s largest repertoire of classic works by African-American choreographers, this company continues to celebrate dance around the world.  DCDC “is a culturally diverse contemporary dance company committed to reaching the broadest audience through exceptional performance and arts-integrated education.”  Artistic Director Debbie Blunden-Diggs continues the company’s long legacy with fresh new dance works by top choreographers.

DCDC’s words about their season:

Today’s woman is inventive and nurturing. Enterprising and filled with ambition, resolve, and even sassy verve, she thinks fast on her feet. She has to. Today, a woman can aspire to worldly accomplishment yet she also has the option of being a nurturer.

Restless yet still, she is like the dream catcher, which can be taken anywhere in a busy world but remains intact, reliable, and protective.

Dayton Contemporary Dance Company’s 2015-2016 season Dream Catcher pays tribute to today’s woman as a catcher of dreams. But not just any dream. Good dreams that make one’s day creative, productive, purposeful, and meaningful.

Now that the sun rises on a changing world where women are making history in greater numbers, Dream Catcher celebrates their arrival and endurance through the art of dance and a series of special events.

Dance weaves stories and dreams unlike any other art form and in the hands of women artists, good dreams will pass through a magic web to enter the minds of grown children—we, who are fortunate to be in the audience.

Dayton Contemporary Dance Company’s Dream Catcher season invites you to dream nurturing visions full of power, grace, and verve. Even sassy dreams that the morning sun lights on fire.

Our season, entitled Dream Catcher, celebrates women whose character and accomplishment distinguish them as sources of inspiration and motivation. One such woman was our founder Jeraldyne Blunden whose vision and mission continue to function as a mirror and lamp reflecting and illuminating our experience. We will commemorate her 75th birthday this December.

The season will host our first-ever women’s conference entitled Women in Motion: Empowered by Dance. The conference will focus on the whole woman—her mind, body, and spirit.  March 17 through 20, 2016, will feature several workshops and empowerment sessions addressing women’s physical, financial, and spiritual health. We will partner with the American Heart Association and offer heart-healthy programming as well.  The weekend will culminate in a performance of “In the Spirit of . . . Joy.”

Togetherness will be an underlying theme of the season, which will recognize and acknowledge the creativity of women in leadership and the synergy of women working together.

The season will recognize the tenth anniversary of one of us—Ro Nita Hawes-Saunders as Executive Director of DCDC—as well as the enduring and dynamic collaboration between us, the company’s Executive Director and Artistic Director. We enjoy working with one another as well as being connected and committed to the community in special and significant ways.

In addition to performing works by choreographers Francesca Harper, Kiesha Lalama, Bridget L. Moore, Crystal Michelle and Debbie Blunden-Diggs this season, the Dream Catchers season will have its own women’s conference titled Women In Motion: Empowered by Dance, March 10-12, 2016, Dayton, Ohio. This is DCDC’s first-ever conference, providing sessions on the most important aspects of what it is to be a woman in today’s world. Sessions will focus on women’s health and spirituality, finances and building wealth, and the joys of being a woman. The conference will unleash the dreams required for a more sustaining and healing world.
In March, DCDC will also be back out for its Spring touring dates. On March 5, 2016 DCDC is being presented by 651 ARTS at the Kumble Theatre in Brooklyn, NY and performing as guests of Paul Taylor’s American Modern Dance at Lincoln Center, March 22, 24, and 26, 2016. DCDC will be performing Donald McKayle’s Rainbow Round My Shoulder, a classic piece of contemporary work.
DCDC’s initiative for historically black colleges and universities, Young, Gifted and Black: A Transformative Experience will continue its 2015-2016 residencies at five universities in March and April: Rust College, MS, Tuskegee University, AL, Florida A&M University, FL, Bethune-Cookman University, FL, and Central State University, OH. Central State University is one of three of DCDC’s university partners along with University of Dayton and Wright State University.
The company will finish it’s season performing as part of the Constella Festival’s Constella Dance in Cincinnati, OH and Spring to Dance, St. Louis, MO.
Friday, December 4, 2015 – 7:30 pm

Saturday, December 5, 2015 – 3:00 pm & 7:30 pm

University of Dayton Boll Theatre – 300 College Park Drive, Dayton, Ohio

It moved me to tears, an audience member said of last year’s production. Set beautifully to dance, The Littlest Angel is the endearing tale by Charles Tazewell about a little boy who enters heaven far too soon. But the gift he offers for the Christ child transforms the meaning of giving and sacrifice. The Littlest Angel will get inside your heart and stay there. Ideal for the entire family and for the child in you.


Friday, January 22, 2016 – 11:30-1:00 pm

Dayton Contemporary Dance Company Studios

840 Germantown Street, Dayton, Ohio

Up Close & Personal is a chance for you to see a live rehearsal of DCDC dancers working with a noted choreographer in the creation of a new dance work. You will also enjoy a catered lunch. Up Close & Personal is DCDC’s way of reaching out to the public to demystify the art of contemporary dance and reveal its highly relevant place in today’s world. Choreographer to be announced.


Saturday, February 20, 2016 – 7:30 PM

Sunday, February 21, 2016 – 3:00 pm

Eichelberger Theatre, Stivers High School for the Arts – 1313 East 5th Street, Dayton, Ohio

Watch four new creations of dance art by women choreographers as they bring down to earth their dreams and have them leap up and soar into the sun. These women artists will etch their creations on the landscape and in the sky of movement and grace. Two of the works will be created by DCDC’s artistic leadership, Artistic Director Debbie Blunden-Diggs and Associate Artistic Director Crystal Michelle. Rounding out the program will be nationally recognized women choreographers.

Saturday, March 12, 2016 – 7:30pm
Sunday, March 13, 2016 – 3:00 pm
Dayton Masonic Center – 525 W. Riverview Ave., Dayton, Ohio

In the Spirit of…Joy is the ninth installment of the In the Spirit of…series that celebrates the music of the African American church. Rallying the forces of dance, gospel choir, live instrumentalists, soulful soloists, and special features, this foot-stomping and hand-clapping occasion will bring down the spirit to envelope all in everlasting truth. This performance is in celebration of women and the spirit of dance and song. Joy will open your spiritual heart! Community churches lend their incomparable music talent to this deeply grassroots undertaking.

Click here for the Community Choir Registration Form


DCDC2 and UD Dance Ensemble Concert

Friday, March 18, 2016 – 8:00 pm

Saturday, March 19, 2016 – 8:00 pm

University of Dayton Boll Theatre –  300 College Park Drive, Dayton, Ohio

DCDC2 is one of the nation’s leading preparatory dance ensembles. Its annual concert showcases rising talent in the art of dance and choreography. In a new collaborative enterprise, DCDC joins forces with University of Dayton Dance Ensemble. The program exhibits some of the best emerging pre-professional dancers in the nation.


Saturday, June 11, 2016

Activities begin at 4:00 pm. Concert begins at 6:00 pm

Location to be announced.

Kick off your shoes and dance with us as Street Beats ends the DCDC season, opening the door to summer. Street Beats is an outdoor concert accompanied by a big sky, and Dayton Contemporary Dance Company’s exceptional dancers. Special offerings include food vendors, dance lessons, and other extras for the entire family.

Tickets are on sale at or you can call 937-228-3630.

The Dayton Contemporary Dance Company presents its 47th Anniversary Season.
Extra Specials

Thursday, December 10, 2015 – 11:30 am

Dayton Contemporary Dance Company

840 Germantown Street

Dayton, Ohio

On the 75th anniversary of the birth of Jeraldyne Blunden, founder of the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company and visionary leader and matriarch, whose spirit informs the company to this day, the Jeraldyne Blunden Living Legacies Luncheon honors special women in the Dayton community. Not only women, but also their descendants, will be acknowledged for bestowing their legacy to the people of the Miami Valley. Who are these matriarchs and their descendants? That’s a secret for now. You will have to come and see!

Luncheon Tickets are $40 each



Friday, January 29, 2016 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Saturday, January 30, 2016 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Sunday, January 31, 2016 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Dayton Contemporary Dance Company Studios

840 Germantown Street, Dayton, Ohio

This is an intensive weekend for up and coming choreographers. Dayton Contemporary Dance Company’s best dance minds will work with these choreographers to bring their work to the next level through classes in dance composition, a master class, and performances. Showing is the culminating event for advanced work.

$65 for full workshop participants. $25 for observers.

Click here for more information and registration materials.



Thursday, March 10, 2016 – 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Friday, March 11, 2016 – 8:30am – 4:00 pm

Saturday, March 12, 2016 – 8:30 am – 12 noon


33 E Fifth St, Dayton, Ohio

The Dream Catchers season will have its own women’s conference titled Women In Motion: Empowered By Dance. This is DCDC’s first-ever conference, providing sessions on the most important aspects of what it is to be a woman in today’s world. Sessions will focus on women’s health and spirituality, finances and building wealth, and the joys of being a woman. The conference will unleash the dreams required for a more sustaining and healing world.

Early bird registration is $109 and $129 beginning February 22, 2016. Conference Registration fee also includes lunch on March 11 and a ticket to In the Spirit of…Joy (March 12 or March 13)


Saturday, May 14, 2016 – 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Sinclair Community College, Ponitz Conference Center

301 West Fourth Street, Building 12, Dayton, Ohio

Think of a sultry night, a bright moon, an intimate gathering, and a singer who gets under your skin. She knows what she’s singing and your heart replies, enthralled by her magic. Dayton Contemporary Dance Company’s 2016 Soulstice: Ladies Sing the Blues features local women blues and jazz singers, fine dining, the company dancers, smiles, festivities, and celebration. Come and see why Soulstice is unlike any special fundraising event in town.

Individual tickets are $125. Sponsorship opportunities are available.

Tickets are on sale at or you can call 937-228-3630.

DCDC’S 47th Anniversary Season – Dream Catchers

Click Here to Turn the Page

Individual tickets will be available September 1, 2015 – but reserve your seat of preference by getting a season subscription!

For more information visit the DCDC offices located at 840 Germantown Dayton, Ohio 45402 or call 937-228-3232.

Michelle Van Huss

Phone: 937-228-3232


840 Germantown Street

Dayton, Ohio 45402


Phone: 937-228-DCDC (3232)

Fax: 937-223-6156

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