In 2011, Dance/USA launched a national professional dance mentorship program as a pilot, proposed by the Dance/USA Emerging Leaders Task Force. In 2012, with generous funding by the American Express Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the mentorship grew into the Dance/USA Institute for Leadership Training (DILT) to leverage connections between Dance/USA members and to bolster personal and professional development through one-on-one mentoring relationships.
Dance/USA invites its members to apply to participate in DILT each year. Based on the applicant pool, a limited number of pairs are matched based on experience, area of interest, personality, geography, and/or professional affiliations by a Dance/USA constituency committee.
Participating members of the Dance/USA community will engage in the Leadership Training Institute, held during the Dance/USA Annual Conference, and a 6 month one-on-one mentorship experience. DILT emphasizes regular communication between these established leaders (mentors) and emerging leaders (mentees) to foster self-direction, self-reflection, and embracing challenge. The relationships between mentors and mentees can extend beyond geographic boundaries, explore various areas of interest, and provide exposure to opportunities available in the field.
Questions about the Institute should be sent to Kate Folsom, director of programs.
Dance/USA is grateful to the American Express Foundation for their generous support of the 2014 Institute for Leadership Training, and additional funding provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.