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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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PS DANCE! is a new dance documentary *NY/NJ/Conn Airs May 15 PBS-TV, #DanceForEveryChild

PS DANCE! is a new dance documentary that steps inside the halls of 5 public New York City schools and watches what happens when dance takes its rightful place in a student’s school day along side their scholastic curriculum.

The footage is inspiring and heartfelt, the children’s point of views genuine–their enthusiasm, contagious!

Brought to us by dance ambassador JODY GOTTFRIED ARNHOLD,

produced and directed by award-winning dance filmmaker NEL SHELBY,

in collaboration with JOAN FINKELSTEIN, former NYCDOE Director of Dance,

this documentary will air on Thirteen, WLIW21 and NJTV beginning May 15th,






Premiering on NY/NJ/Conn Public Television May 15-17,

the Eye-Opening Film Shows That Dance is for Every Child



PS DANCE!, [2]an inspiring documentary showcasing the profound effects of dance education in NYC public schools, will air on tri-state public television stations THIRTEEN [3]on May 15 at 10:30 p.m., WLIW21 [4] on May 17 at 3:30 p.m. and 10:00 p.m., andNJTV [5]on May 26 at 10:00 p.m. After the initial broadcast, the full film will also be available for online streaming at THIRTEEN.ORG/SPECIALS [6]. Hosted by veteran TV journalist PAULA ZAHN and filmed in the classrooms of FIVE NYC PUBLIC SCHOOL FULL-TIME CERTIFIED DANCE EDUCATORS, this film reveals the impact that consistent and sequential dance instruction has on students’ aesthetic, artistic and expressive development. While every child is born with the innate inclination to create, imagine and dance, PS DANCE! highlights how the_BLUEPRINT FOR TEACHING AND LEARNING IN DANCE, PRE K-12, _supports dance teachers in developing these qualities.

Paul L King, Executive Director of the Office of the Arts for the New York City Department of Education notes, “We are pleased to support this excellent profile of dance education in New York City Schools. The story of the growth of dance programs is a testament to the value of arts education for all students and the commitment of the DOE and dedicated partners in providing these learning experiences. Dance learning provides a creative outlet for expressing student voice, for understanding culture and societies and for true collaboration through kinesthetic learning. And we are honored to see the expert practice of some of our dance teachers shared in this innovative film.”

Two years in the making, from dance ambassador JODY GOTTFRIED ARNHOLD,

produced and directed by award-winning dance filmmaker NEL SHELBY, in

collaboration with JOAN FINKELSTEIN, former NYCDOE Director of Dance 2004-2014,

this film exemplifies the ways in which dance can affect the trajectory of student development. The film captures a typical day in the classrooms of five extraordinary master dance educators–CATHERINE GALLANT (Pre-K-5), Battery Park City’s P.S. 89; ANA NERY FRAGOSO (K-5),the current NYCDOE Director of Dance, P.S. 315 in Midwood; MICHAEL KERR (6-8), Brooklyn’s New Voices School of Academic & Creative Arts; PATRICIA DYE (9-12), Science Skills Center High School for Science, Technology and the Creative Arts in Downtown Brooklyn; and ANI UDOVICKI (9-12), Frank Sinatra School of the Arts, in Long Island City.

“This eye-opening film shows dance education at its best and it happens in New York City public schools,” explains Jody Gottfried Arnhold, who has been instrumental in facilitating these programs in New York’s public schools since 2004. “The settings represented in this film are unrehearsed and unscripted. Hear directly from the kids as they explain what dance has meant to them in their education.”

In conjunction with the film, Arnhold, Shelby and Finkelstein are launching the DANCE FOR EVERY CHILD MOVEMENT. Dance education enthusiasts can submit their details at [7] and join in advocating for more dance in schools. The movement will empower implementation of quality dance programs in schools across the nation.

Dance for Every Child will provide instructional resources developed by

NYC Department of Education (Dance Education for Diverse Learners and the NYCDOE Dance Blueprint), Dance Education Laboratory 92Y, Lincoln Center Education, and the National Dance Education Organization.

Additionally, PS DANCE! will also provide a list of colleges and universities that offer dance education with teacher certification.

PS DANCE! will be available on DVD, distributed by First Run Features –

All proceeds from the sale of the film will go to the Fund for Public Schools for dance education programs in the NYC Public Schools.

The website will also provide a link to donate directly to the Fund for Public School for those interested in increasing the reach of dance education in NYC.


May 15 – THIRTEEN at 10:30 p.m.

May 17 – WLIW21 at 3:30 p.m. and 10:00 p.m

May 26 – NJTV at 10:00 p.m.

PS DANCE! can also be viewed online after May 15 at [6].



Visit [8] to join the movement to bring dance to every


Follow the discussion on social media at:

Facebook| Twitter | Instagram – @PSDanceNYC

#psdancenyc #danceforeverychild



PS DANCE! is a documentary spotlighting the consistent and sequential dance education programs in five NYC public schools. The _Blueprint forTeaching and Learning in Dance, PreK-12, _used by dance teacherscitywide, frames this documentary created by award-winning dance filmmaker Nel Shelby, dance ambassador Jody Gottfried Arnhold, and dance education consultant Joan Finkelstein. Hosted by veteran television journalist Paula Zahn, the film was developed in collaboration with the NYC Department of Education Office of Arts and Special Projects.

Master Dance Educators Catherine Gallant, Ana Nery Fragoso, Michael Kerr, Ani Udovicki and Patricia Dye demonstrate and discuss how a rich dance education develops artistic, social, academic and life skills in their students from elementary through high school.



JODY GOTTFRIED ARNHOLD, dance educator/advocate and founder of 92Y Dance Education Laboratory (DEL), taught dance in NYC public schools for over 20 years. She serves on the Advisory Committee for Arts Education at NYCDOE and Co-Chair of the Committee that created the _Blueprint for Teaching and Learning in Dance, PreK-12_. She is on the Board at 92Y, Harkness Foundation for Dance, Hunter College and Chair of its Dance Advisory Committee, Honorary Chair at Ballet Hispanico, and on Dance/NYC’s Advisory Committee. Jody has received National Dance Education Organization’s Visionary Award, Teachers College Distinguished Alumni Award, and was honored by the NYC Arts in Education Roundtable. She holds a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, an M.A. in Dance Education from Teachers College, Columbia University, and is a Certified Movement Analyst_._


NEL SHELBY preserves and promotes dance by filming performances and creating marketing videos and original films. Nel Shelby Productions, based in NYC, boasts a diverse list of dance clients in New York and beyond. Nel serves as Festival Videographer for Jacob’s Pillow Dance and is Resident Videographer at the Vail International Dance Festival (VIDF). Her documentary about choreographer Nejla Y. Yatkin will premiere in 2015, and past films include The Altitude of Dance, a documentary on VIDF, which debuted on Rocky Mountain PBS; four short films for Wendy Whelan’s Restless Creature; and a short created with Adam Barruch that screened at NYC’s Dance on Camera Festival and San Francisco Dance Film Festival. She holds degrees in broadcast video and dance.


JOAN FINKELSTEIN, Executive Director of the Harkness Foundation for Dance, performed professionally in dance companies and in _RAGS _on Broadway_, _choreographed for the Atlanta Ballet and Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, and taught children and adults across the nation. She directed the 92Y Harkness Dance Center from 1992-2004, overseeing classes, the 92Y Dance Education Laboratory (DEL) teacher-training program, performances, workshops, lectures, and social dances. As Director of Dance for the New York City Department of Education from 2004-2014, she spearheaded the _Blueprint for Teaching and Learning in Dance, PreK-12 _and professional development for dance teachers. She is a writer of the new National Core Arts Standards in Dance.













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Sunday, February 22, 2015 Dance/NYC Symposium 2015 –Power, Privilege, & Perception: Voices on Race and Dance, Arts Education,

Major Event. Incredibly Important.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Dance/NYC Symposium 2015



Sunday, February 22
10:00 am- 6:00 pm

New venue: Gibney Dance Center
280 Broadway (enter at 53A Chambers)
New York, NY 10007

Individual Registration Options:
Early Bird Rate (until January 10) –  $100
Dance/USA Rate – $100
Artist Rate – $50
Click here for Tickets or to buy a program ad

Sponsorship options are also available; email Rachel Berman for more information.

Dance/NYC’s 2015 Symposium will invite participants to consider opportunities for “rising together” and dive deep into questions of cultural equity, resilience, technology, and private sector practices. How can we, by working together and across sectors, advance the art form and more than 1,200+ dance makers and companies in the metropolitan area? And how can dance and New York City work as one?

2015 Sessions
(in formation)

Meet NYC Arts Advocates: Dancing Toward Cultural Equity

(10:15- 11:30 am)

This session explores the state of arts advocacy in New York City one year into a new Mayoral Administration and City Council and opportunities to advance cultural equity. Colleague advocates share select efforts, issue statements, and lessons learned for dance. How can we—all of us—advance collaboration and common messaging to move the creative sector and all New Yorkers forward? How can we rise together?

Featured Speakers:
Kerry McCarthy, Program Officer, New York Community Trust (Moderator)
Sharon Jensen, Executive Director, Alliance for Inclusion in the Arts
Andrea Louie, Executive Director, Asian American Arts Alliance; NYC Arts Coalition
Eric G. Pryor, Executive Director, Center for Arts Education
Laurie A. Cumbo, New York City Council
Dr. Marta Moreno Vega, President/ Founder, Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute

Dance Education for Every NYC Child


What will it take to make dance education possible for every child in New York? And, what would universal dance education mean for all New Yorkers? This panel, moderated by dance educator and advocate Jody Gottfried Arnhold, brings together the voices of educators, advocates, funders, and artists to imagine this New York. Panelists will also discuss plans and opportunities to leverage $23 million in new funding included in New York City’s adopted FY 2015 budget to expand arts instruction in the public schools. The investment follows an April 2014 report by the Office of the new Comptroller, Scott Stringer, State of the Arts: A Plan to Boost Arts Education in the New York City Schools, and is a step toward realizing Mayor de Blasio’s four-year goal of ensuring that every child in every school receives arts education.

Featured Speakers:
Jody Gottfried Arnhold, (Moderator) Dance Educator and Advocate, Dance Education Laboratory 92Y, Founder
Lannette D. Alvarez, Heather Watts Scholar, Arnhold Graduate Dance Education Program, Hunter College
Ana Nery Fragoso, Director of Dance, NYC Department of Education
Russell Granet, Executive Director, Lincoln Center Education
Kathleen Isaac, Director, Arnhold Graduate Dance Education Program, Hunter College
Kitty Lunn, Artistic Director, Infinity Dance Theater
Ella Rosewood, Lincoln Center Scholar; Dance/NYC Junior Committee
Pedro Ruiz, Artistic Director/ Choreographer, The Windows Project

NYC Dance Facilities and Geographic Equity

(11:45 am-1:00 pm)

In 2010, Exploring the Metropolis published a rehearsal space report for The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, We Make Do: More Time is Better But Budget is King, which has made the case for investment in rehearsal space subsidies and creative interventions to leverage underutilized space in service to the art form, including the new CUNY Dance Initiative launched in 2014. Also in 2014, Exploring the Metropolis published Queens Performing Artists and Workspaces, which offers general recommendations for the borough and recommendations for pilot activity in Jamaica, including cultural leadership development, community engagement and arts funding, and artist housing and live/work space. This session puts the new findings in conversation with others focused on space solutions and considers need and opportunity in non-Manhattan geographies.

Featured Speakers:
David Johnston, Executive Director, Exploring the Metropolis (moderator)
Michael Hickey, Man About Town
Prentice Onayemi, Consultant, Exploring the Metropolis
Charles Rice-Gonzalez, Executive Director, Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance (BAAD!)
Paz Tanjuaquio, Vice-President and Co-Founding Director, Topaz Arts
Melissa West, Independent Dance Artist

Power, Privilege, & Perception: Voices on Race and Dance

Dance/NYC works in alliance with Dance/USA, the national service organization for professional dance, and shares its core values of equity and inclusion. These sessions, curated by Dance/USA Executive Director Amy Fitterer and former Dance/NYC Director Michelle Ramos-Burkhart, bring together leading national voices focused on issues of race and dance. What is already and what can be done to realize a more diverse, inclusive, and equitable sector? What can dance in the metropolitan New York City area learn from and contribute to national dialogue? These sessions are meant to build upon one another, though it is not mandatory to attend all.

My Lens, My Dance
(2:30-3:30 pm)

This interactive workshop, facilitated by Michele Ramos-Burkhart (former director of Dance/NYC), will provide a safe space in which participants can discuss and better understand personal biases, perceptions and lenses through which they view the world and dance.

National Voices
(3:30-4:30 pm)

A panel of national voices will build on and responding to issues raised in My Lens, My Dance. Moderated by Tammy Bormann, Chair of the board of Urban Bush Women.

Featured Speakers:

Michelle Ramos-Burkhart, Verdict Works, LLC
Denise Saunders Thompson, Chairperson/ Executive Director, International Association of Blacks in Dance
Carlton Turner, Executive Director, Alternate ROOTS

Making Change: Artist Voices
(4:30-5:30 pm)

What is already being done to realize a more diverse, inclusive, and equitable sector? Hear from a panel of Dance/USA members and Dance/NYC committee leaders and partners already doing work in the field. How can you institute change within your organization and how can we work together to advance a more equitable art form. Moderated by Carlton Turner, Regional Development Director Executive Director, Alternate ROOTS.

Featured Speakers:
Sydnie Mosley, Artist; Dance/NYC Junior Committee
Alice Sheppard, Artist; Academic; Activist
Richard Toda, Artistic Coordinator of Educational Outreach, American Ballet Theatre
Eduardo Vilaro, Artistic Director, Ballet Hispanico

Private Sector Practices

Release of State of NYC Dance and Corporate Giving Research
(1:30-2:30 pm)

Christopher Caltagirone of the Cultural Data Project (CDP) will present Dance/NYC’s recent report, State of NYC Dance and Corporate Giving, which uses data from the CDP to highlight findings on corporate giving in the dance community operating within the five New York City boroughs. How do we move beyond these findings, how can we facilitate and promote a more collaborative environment?

Dynamic Duos: Conversations with Dance Companies and their Corporate Partners
(2:45-4:00 pm)

Hear how corporations and dance companies build relationships and work together to share efforts.
(List in formation)

Corporate Sponsorship Today:  What Works?  What Doesn’t?
Alice Sachs Zimet, President, Arts + Business Partners, LLC
(4:15- 5:30pm)

Are you frustrated that you can’t get in the door? Is your written material so long that it overwhelms the sponsor (and you)? Do you want to move from philanthropy to sponsorship dollars? Today, visibility no longer delivers a sponsor. Smart companies and savvy non-profits use sponsorship to deliver measurable results. Alice Zimet, a pioneer in the field who spent 20 years at The Chase Manhattan Bank, will show you how to build meaningful bridges between a non-profit and a sponsor—how to write for a business audience, benefits most sponsors want, how the arts can meet a sponsor’s needs and other “insider tips” on corporate sponsorship.


Emergency Preparedness and Response

These sessions take as their starting point Dance/NYC’s study, Emergency Preparedness and Response: The Case of Superstorm Sandy and NYC Dance, and acts on its recommendations to connect the field to resources to catalyze resilience to future shocks. Dance/NYC’s study leverages lessons learned through the NYC Dance Response Fund, a program of Dance/NYC established by the Mertz Gilmore Foundation, which delivered $200,000 to 51 dance groups hard hit by the superstorm and was featured by The New York Times, “Modern Dance Groups to Receive Hurricane Sandy Relief.” #sandydance

Introduction to CultureAID
(10:00-10:30 am)

Steering Committee co-chair Maria Villafranca, New York Foundation for the Arts, will discuss CultureAID (Culture Active in Disasters), a collaborative network of stakeholders and service providers committed to strengthening New York City’s cultural community – including artists and organizations – before, during, and after disasters through an organized communications system, as well as coordinated activities and services to the field.

The Case of Superstorm Sandy and NYC Dance
(10:45-11:45 am)

Researcher Anne Coates presents findings from Dance/NYC’s Emergency Preparedness and Response: The Case of Superstorm Sandy and NYC Dance and invites open discussion among grantees and participants about how, by rising together, we can increase resilience in our sector and our sector’s capacity to contribute to the resilience of all New Yorkers.

Funders Respond
(12:00-1:15 pm)

This session situates lessons learned from the NYC Dance Response Fund in conversation with funders who responded to Superstorm Sandy with investments in New York’s wider arts and cultural communities. Funders respond to recommendations in Emergency Preparedness and Response: The Case of Superstorm Sandy and NYC Dance and discuss their part in ongoing preparedness, recovery, and resilience efforts. What do they recommend for New York’s dance communities? How can funders and those working on the ground in dance and culture work together in addressing future emergencies?

Featured speakers (List in formation):
Anne Coates, Researcher, Co-facilitator
Ted Berger, Board of Directors and Treasurer of the Joan Mitchell Foundation, Co-facilitator
Leah Krauss, Program Officer, NYC Dance, Mertz Gilmore Foundation
Rise Wilson, Director of Philanthropy, Robert Rauschenberg Foundation

Prepare for the Worst – Get ArtsReady!
(2:00-2:30 pm)

Whether your next crisis is another Superstorm, a suspicious package in your event space just hours before the show, or the sudden loss of a key individual – do you know what to do? Learn key readiness principles and how the ArtsReady online tool can help your organization build a customized plan so you can keep your doors open, no matter what!

Mollie Quinlan-Hayes, Deputy Director and Accessibility Coordinator, South Arts/ArtsReady

NY State Citizen Preparedness Corps Training Program
(2:45- 3:45 pm)

The NYS Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services will offer a training course for attendees to have the tools and resources to prepare for any type of disaster, respond accordingly and recover as quickly as possible to pre-disaster conditions.


Moving through GOOGLE Glass
(10:00-11:00 am)

Former Mark Morris Dance Group dancer David Leventhal, who now directs the company’s Dance for PD® program, will discuss MMDG’s Moving through Glass project, which is building an interactive Google Glass-based dance App for people with Parkinson’s. MMDG’s Glassware amplifies the company’s 13-year, global initiative–a collaboration with Brooklyn Parkinson Group–to improve the lives of people with Parkinson’s disease by creating a portable platform that helps users benefit from dance- and music-based exercises and tools wherever they are. Leventhal will explore the opportunities this new technology offers, providing a stimulating, in-progress case study relevant to anyone interested in the frontiers of dance, technology and community engagement.

Technology with Sydney Skybetter –in the hot seat!
(12:00 – 6:00 pm)

Join choreographer Sydney Skybetter as he talks tech, one-on-one, with some of the smartest, crankiest, most brilliant and most cantankerous minds in the NYC dance industry. Skybetter will be joined by choreographers, artists and filmmakers to discuss everything from TV shows to YouTube, apps and commercials, and how the internet is reshaping our industry, bit by bit.

Featured Speakers (List in formation):
Kevin Clark: New Music USA,
Jamie Jewett: Associate Arts Professor, Dance and New Media Program, NYUTisch,
Selena Juneau-Vogel: Program Director,, Fractured Atlas,
Marc Kirschner: Founder, TenduTV/Cultureband,
Noemie LaFrance: Choreographer and Director,
Zach Morris: Co-Artistic Director, Third Rail Projects,
Richard Move: Artistic Director MoveOpolis!,
Susan Gluck Pappajohn: Founder, Arthenia; Dance/NYC Board,
David Parker: Founder, The Bang Group
Celia Rowlson-Hall: Filmmaker/ Choreographer,
Alexandria Wailes: Actor; Dancer; Teaching Artist,
Adam Weinert: Artist

Save Your Videotapes! : a Hands-on Workshop on Managing Digitization Projects 
(2:45- 3:45 pm)

Bring your tablets or laptops to this working session and learn best practices and practical steps to save your videotapes. A team from Dance Heritage Coalition (DHC) will share inventory tools and discuss key issues, including: how to curate your videos; the advantages of preparing thoroughly in advance of a digitization project; how to select a vendor or preservation partner; coming up with a feasible long-range storage plan for digital video; how to identify videos at risk of deterioration; and where to go for reliable advice on developing a digitization project. Presenters include a technical expert able to answer questions about video formats and the nitty-gritty of digital preservation; and DHC staff who can address project management, funding options, intellectual property/copyright concerns, and the benefits of creating greater access to your works.

Gregory Lisi, NYC Digitization Hub Manager; Moving Image Specialist, New York Public Library
Libby Smigel, Executive Director, Dance Heritage Coalition
Imogen Smith, Project Manager, Dance Heritage Coalition

Consultations and Workshops

The Legal and Financial Clinic  
(10:00 am- 1:00 pm-sign up is available in-person on the day of the event)

The clinic features 30-minute individual consultations with arts and entertainment attorneys who are volunteering through the Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law and Intellectual Property Sections of the New York State Bar Association. Attorneys are prepared to discuss legal issues concerning entertainment, intellectual property (i.e. copyright and trademarks), licensing, corporation/incorporation, and collaboration agreements.

Jina Paik, Associate Director of the Nonprofit Finance Fund’s Advisory Services, advises nonprofits and their funders in areas of financial planning and management. Ms. Paik will answer questions in 30-minute individual consultations about a range of topics, including better budgeting techniques, crafting your financial story, communicating with and through financial reports, balancing money with mission, and effective capitalization.

Cultural Data Project Training
(10:30-11:30 am)

How many times in the past month have you told a story to update a board member about your work, appeal to prospective patrons, or apply for a grant? In this hands-on workshop Joanna Reiner Wilkinson from the Cultural Data Project will share how to select the right data to support talking points and effectively communicate your organization’s story to stakeholders. Participants will employ a step by step process to develop a pitch targeted to a specific audiences and work in small groups to select data points from sample data from CDP’s free analytics tools.

Revitalization of Not-For-Profit Corporations: 5 areas where compliance helps grow your career
(11:45 am-12:45 pm)

Madeleine M. Nichols, attorney and Curator Emerita of the Jerome Robbins Dance Division at The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, leads a workshop that offers a “pause” for dancers and choreographers to learn to re-see their careers as businesses; to identify current success habits; to select future key habits; and to find a career’s rhythm of due dates, benchmarks and “compliance” habits.

SmART Bars
(2:00 pm- 5:00 pm-sign up is available in-person on the day of the event)

SmART bars are 30-minute individual strategic consultations that follow the National Performing Arts Convention model. Teaming with arts consultants from the Arts and Cultural Consultants Network (ACCN), SmART bar tenders will respond to any range of questions—from board and fundraising issues to fresh business ideas—providing tailored recommendations and direction to further resources. SmART Bar tenders’ specialties include: Board Development, Fundraising, Human Resources, Marketing, Strategic Planning, Technology, and Disaster Planning: Preparedness and Recovery, Licensing and music resourcing among others.

Employees, Independent Contractors, Interns and Volunteers 
(1:30-2:30 pm)

Employment lawyer Kristine Sova will discuss the distinctions between employees, independent contractors, interns and volunteers, and the importance of classifying and compensating them appropriately to avoid Department of Labor scrutiny and costly lawsuits.  This workshop will clarify these laws for both administrators and artists alike.

Cultivating Leadership in Dance- Intern Program
(4:00-5:00 pm)

Pentacle’s Director of Cultivating Leadership in Dance, Clarissa Soto, will led a workshop outlining the program, which offers artists and organizations the opportunity to work with smart and experienced interns. Through a structured program, CLD matches interns with artists, and works with them to create a program experience that is rewarding and useful for both. This workshop will focus on the important role of interns in the workplace and the relationship between artist and intern. We will also provide tools on how to work most efficiently with interns, and how to help interns gain skills that will further their career.

Please note that sessions, speakers, and schedule are subject to change.

Gibney Dance Center is an accessible venue. Wheelchair ramps and elevators are available via the 280 Broadway entrance. If you require reasonable accommodation please contact Rachel Berman at at least two weeks prior to this event.

Leadership support is provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and The Howard Gilman Foundation. The Symposium is also supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council, from the New York State Council on the Arts, with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and from the National Endowment for the Arts.





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