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

    The dance world lost an icon this week, the audacious and visionary Trisha Brown. Former Dance Magazine editor, writer, and Trisha Brown dancer Wendy Perron reflects on Brown's work, her kineticism intellect, and perceptual sensibility, on the occasion of Brown's 2015 Dance/USA Honor Award. From the Green Room is re-sharing that piece in memory of Trisha Brown's contributions to the dance world. 

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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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  • Leadership Corner: C. Brian Williams, Founder/Executive Director, Step Afrika!

    Leadership Corner continues with this conversation featuring Brian Williams, founder and director of Step Afrika! the Washington, D.C.-based troupe dedicated to bringing step dance to the concert state here in the United States and around the world. Williams says: "First came the artistic opportunity, then came the business. For me, the question was, ‘How do I make this happen? What do I need to do and what are the first steps?’ I wanted to share stepping with the world. Making money really wasn’t the idea. If money had been the primary motivation, then I am sure I wouldn’t have gotten too far. Instead … it was the idea to step all across the continent of Africa, learn traditional dances, and explore the nexus between stepping and traditional African culture that really motivated me to launch Step Afrika! The question became: ‘How do I make that happen? And what are the opportunities?’" Read on for more.

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  • Casing Out a Case Study

    From the Green Room speaks with Pacific Northwest Ballet's Ellen Walker about the company's participation in the Wallace Foundation's audience engagement study and grant. Walker takes us through the process she and her marketing and executive team followed to attract and build a new target audience -- teenagers. Read on to learn more about the research component and strategies Walker and PNB took to attract young people.

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  • Letter to a Young Dancer

    Choreographer and 2011 Dance/USA Honor recipient Lar Lubovitch recently composed this letter to an anonymous young dancer. It should be required reading for anyone who wishes to dance. Just as he choreographs, Lubovitch writes, too, with great humanity and understanding of an emotional inner life residing within each of us. Read on.

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  • Attracting a Crowd

    The October 2014 study published by The Wallace Foundation, entitled The Road To Results: Effective Practices For Building Arts Audiences, seeks to take some of the guesswork out of choosing the right answers to your organization’s particular audience-building riddles by examining the examples of ten arts organizations. What can you learn from this report? Read on here.

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  • NEA Report: Reading Between the Lines

    Every decade the National Endowment for the Arts conducts large-scale quantitative research on audiences, providing a compendium of longitudinal information on audience behavior. How do we interpret and use this wealth of information? What do you need to know to participate in this ongoing conversation in the field? Read on here for more.

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  • How To Pick a College Dance Program That Will Work for You

    High school dancers — and parents — wondering what to look for in a college or university dance program? Ashley Thorndike-Youssef has some ideas and talking points to use on you college tours as you begin your process of narrowing down the right school for you. Not a matriculating at a college? This material is a anecdote of sorts to the ongoing discussions on academic dance programs as a pyramid scheme. Read on for more, exclusively in From the Green Room, Dance/USA's eJournal.

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  • A Philosophy Major Rants on Dance as a Pyramid Scheme

    Responding to the commentary “Is American Modern Dance a Pyramid Scheme?” Nancy Wozny writes: Not everyone has the mettle to navigate the difficulty of being an artist, but I have yet to meet one person who wants to live in a world without art. So the question remains as educators, practitioners, and citizens of this dance world, how can we go forward without the burden of old paradigms of success? Read on here for more.

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