The Dance/USA 2010 Annual Conference is your opportunity to examine and eliminate the borders -- real or imagined -- that define us. Conference participants are invited to choose from a series of breakout sessions which are designed to make connections and eliminate barriers. These sessions, defined by four program envelopes (management, artistry, international exchange, and audience engagement) will provide experiential hands-on learning, paired with stories of successes in the field and the philosophies that spawned them.
In today's uneven climate, managers in the field have been called upon to revise roles, responsibilities, and relationships. While emphasizing hands-on learning, this track will help administrators identify bold new business models, evaluate opportunities for shared resources, and examine innovative strategies for successful governance. Participants will come away with new goals and ideas, backed by the skills and resources to achieve them.
Artists are known for their propensity to challenge and cross boundaries, and such ingenuity among dancers and choreographers is more critical now than ever. In this track, gather with artists to explore pioneering partnerships in cross-discipline projects, methods for merging traditional and contemporary work, and more. These conversations will push participants to expand their imagination.
As technology makes the world a smaller and more accessible place, the opportunities for international artistic exchange are easier to envision but are still difficult to realize. Learn more about cultural diplomacy and how it is shaping the future of our field. This track will dive into the challenges and opportunities of international touring, making it easier for participants to employ dance as a tool for transforming perceptions and initiating conversations among disparate people.
The ever-important audience - how do we attract, educate and assess them? With an eye toward engagement, this track investigates ways to improve the creative experience for ticket buyers and shape communities who view dance as integral in their cultural life. We'll look at who's attending performances, and who's in the pipeline as tomorrow's dance audiences. By breaking down barriers such as age, ability, geography and ethnicity, participants will develop strategies to build sustainable audiences and draw them deeper into our art form.