• Reports of the Death of the American Dance Critic

    Like great American humorist Mark Twain, who remarked that “reports of my death are greatly exaggerated” upon hearing that a New York journal published his obituary, the same holds true for the long-reported dying art form of dance criticism. Writer Christine Jowers contends that dance criticism in America is far from dead. It is evolving. Read more in her response to a recent article in The Atlantic.

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  • REAL TALK: Race and Dance at the Dance/USA Conference

    During the Dance/USA 2015 conference held in Miami from June 17-20, race and diversity were hot topics featured in multiple breakout sessions. Designed as freeform discussions between panelists and audience members, the Dance/USA breakout sessions provided an excellent forum for the sometimes personal and emotional experiences surrounding the topic of race in the dance world. Two consecutive sessions, collectively titled “Race and Dance Townhall: REAL TALK,” were held Thursday, June 18.

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  • The Dance Field Gives Back

    Missed Dance/USA's Annual Conference in Miami in June 2015 and want a rundown on what happened? Or need a refresher as your new season gets into gear? Read this report, with links to the plenary sessions, on key events and topics from Dance/USA's gathering of world class artists, administrators, managers and collaborators, exclusively in From the Green Room

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  • LEADERSHIP CORNER: Andrea Lodico Welshons, Executive Director, KEIGWIN + COMPANY

    From the Green Room's Leadership Corner continues with a conversation with KEIGWIN + COMPANY's Executive Director Andrea Lodico Welshons. Read about how Welshons and Artistic Director Larry Keigwin view their working relationship as symbiotic and collaborative and Welshon's recipe for relatively accelerated, high-visibility growth for the company.

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  • Marketing Misty: Missed Opportunity or Business as Usual?

    The much anticipated announcement of Misty Copeland’s promotion to principal dancer at American Ballet Theatre was heralded with media fanfare – a breaking news banner across the homepage of The New York Times, coverage on the major television news networks, and a hastily arranged, widely viewed press conference. But the actual press release from American Ballet Theatre was routine.

    Arriving as expected at the end of the season, it presented company promotions in the order of position and alphabetically, meaning that Copeland’s name was second, behind fellow new principal Stella Abrera. There was no mention of Copeland’s place in history as the first African-American principal ballerina at the company. Read on for Karyn Collins exploration as to what's in store for Copeland beyond the media hype.

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  • Bringing Down Barriers

    A discussion on expanding the boundaries of inclusiveness featuring illustrious members of the first generation of non-white arts leaders, among them Dance Theatre of Harlem's Arthur Mitchell, Ballet Hispanico founder Tina Ramirez and dancer, choreographer and actress, Carmen de Lavallade on the increasing necessity for arts managers and organizations to create arts programs and field arts administrators who "look like America." Read author/editor Robert Bettmann's report on this 2015 panel of experts, exclusively in From the Green Room.

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  • Dance/USA 2015 Ernie Awardee Linda Shelton

    Linda Shelton receives the 2015 Dance/USA “Ernie” Award for “an individual working ‘behind the scenes’ within the infrastructure of the dance field. A long-time arts administrator, Shelton has a long-view of the dance field through her extensive work with the Joyce Theater in Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood. A current trustee and former chair of Dance/USA's board, Shelton has spent a career serving the non-profit concert dance world. Listen in as dance writer and scholar Mindy Aloff and Shelton talk about her work.

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  • Trisha Brown: Choreographer, Innovator, Humanist, Dance/USA Honor Awardee

    Who would have thought that a dance could consist of the audience lying on their backs and looking up at the ceiling to imagine seeing what Trisha Brown’s voice is telling them? Or that two people surprising each other with what direction they would fall toward could be a piece of choreography? Or that the optical illusion created by people walking on walls could hold the attention for a good thirty minutes? Former Dance Magazine editor, writer, and Trisha Brown dancer Wendy Perron  reflects on Brown's work, her kineticism intellect, and perceptual sensibility.

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  • Toby Ansin, Miami City Ballet Founder, Receives Dance/USA's Champion Award

    This June 2015, long-time Miami City Ballet supporter, and founder, Toby Ansin, receives one of Dance/USA's highest honors, the Champion Award. Dance/USA pays tribute to Ansin's believe that an excellent ballet company could flourish in the South.

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  • Raven Wilkinson: 2015 Dance/USA Trustee Awardee

    Raven Wilkinson helped change the complexion of the classical ballet world. Notable as the first African-American ballet dancer in a major American ballet company, Serge Dehnam's Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo, Wilkinson's lengthy stage career spanning 70 years has proven to be inspiration for young dancers of color around the U.S. and beyond. This month, Wilkinson receives the prestigious Dance/USA's Trustee's Award in recognition of her strength in the face of adversity and her contributions to the dance field as a groundbreaker.

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