• The Utility of the Creative Process


    The average dancer leaves performing by their mid-30s, often facing the critical question: What’s next?

    Until recently, the answer has been all but clear. It would seem obvious that decades of intense discipline, long hours of practice and deep passion and commitment for the craft would produce a valuable human being with a skill-set worthy of a potent and fulfilling second career. Yet, many retired ballet dancers relegate themselves to becoming teachers of dance – a noble endeavor that only some genuinely enjoy – or transition to a similar profession utilizing a portion of their physical intelligence (bodywork, Pilates, physical therapy, etc.) 

    What can dancers do beyond dance? Read what dancer and arts executive John Michael Schert has to say on this topic.

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  • An Unconventional Perspective From Stables to Studios


    Joanna Mendl Shaw has taught dancers for many years. But it was when she began working with horses in large-scale choreographic pieces that she gained new insights into what dance teachers should be doing in the 21st-century studio to train healthy, competent and creative dancers. To learn more, read her piece exclusively in From the Green Room. 

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  • Comprehensive Corporate Relations


    There has been a fundamental shift in the way corporations interact with universities. Though developed in a university environment, the Network of Academic Corporate Relations Officer’s Five Essential Elements should be of strong interest to the arts and culture sector and can provide a valuable guide to improving the ways in which cultural institutions can offer better value to, and enhanced relationships with, corporate partners. Read on to further explore these mutually beneficial partnerships.

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  • Residencies on the Rise


    A professional life in the dance field is often a fragmented one. Few choreographers have the luxury of working in the studio with a group of full-time dancers. One powerful antidote to this fragmentation comes in the form of artist residencies, which allow for time and space to develop choreographic projects. Read on for Ellen Chenoweth's look at a few models that support artistic exploration through the artistic residency.


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  • Dance/USA’s Fall Forecast: Policy and Legislative Update


    Brandon Gryde, Dance/USA's director of government affairs, gives us the scoop on the legislative issues dancers, choreographers, company managers, board members and executive directors should be watching in Congress this fall.

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  • 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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