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What’s the Score?

August 14, 2014

Does sport have anything to do with ballet? Artistry poses infinite questions. Sport is finite. It ends. It pits two teams, or several individuals, against each other to compete for one very decided, satisfying goal: who has the most points? Who was first to reach the finish line? These aren’t questions we ask about ballet.Read and discuss this timeless and timely issue: athlecism and artistry. We want to hear what you think.

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Sugary Deals, Dissolving Dance Troupes and the Riddle of Accessibility

August 06, 2014

While the River to River Festival in Lower Manhattan and on Governor’s Island offers artists who participate welcome exposure to the public, these performances, sponsored by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and its dance-loving president, Sam Miller, were also implicated in a real-estate scheme meant to lure culturally sophisticated (i.e., wealthy) audiences into parts of the city earmarked for development, but still blighted in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.

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Working Internationally: More Than Just Touring With a Passport

July 24, 2014

Working abroad holds an enormous catalogue of benefits for American artists and our nation: increased visibility; expanded marketplaces; enrichment of the art form through global exposure; decreased insularity; plus the more elusive contribution that dance enhances public diplomacy between our country and the world. While many dance organizations are eager to work abroad, lack of knowledge and resources can make it difficult to happen. Read on for more on bridging the passport divide.

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Writer, Educator, and Speaker Liz Lerman Receives Dance/USA Honor

June 04, 2014

Liz Lerman is a performer, choreographer, writer, educator, and speaker. She has been described as “the source of an epochal revolution in the scope and purposes of dance art” by The Washington Post. Her aesthetic approach spans the range from abstract to personal to political. This month Lerman receives the 2014 Dance/USA Honor Award during the organization’s annual conference in Minneapolis.

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Colleen Callahan-Russell Bringing Dance to Diverse Schools and Communities

May 27, 2014

In 1984, Colleen Callahan-Russell was teaching dance at North High School one of the Twin Cities’ most racially diverse schools. She’d attended several basketball games and loved the players’ moves. So she asked the team, state champs in basketball that year, if she could choreograph a game for them. The players were game, especially when she began rehearsals by working with the Harlem Globetrotters’ theme song. By the time the piece reached the stage of the Walker Art Center as part of a Choreographers’ Evening, Colleen had switched the music to Vivaldi. Her dancer/athletes were unfazed and got a standing ovation. Read more about Callahan-Russell, Dance/USA 2014 Inspiration Award recipient.

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David Brown: Danseur Noble, Administrator Extraordinaire

May 27, 2014

D. David Brown has had an illustrious career, first on stage and as a second act he spent two decades at Boston Ballet as production manager, general manager, and executive, before moving over to Pacific Northwest Ballet. At Dance/USA's 2014 annual conference, Brown will receive Dance/USA’s Ernie Award (named for Ian “Ernie” Horvath). The award is given to an individual working “behind the scenes” in the dance field to empower artists.

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Saving Our Collective Memory

April 29, 2014

Are we ignoring or squandering our 20th century modern dance legacy? As if the public agony of the Martha Graham Dance Company weren’t enough, the tragedy of the Cunningham company’s disappearance should be a wake-up call to all American dance companies and arts funders. Dance critic Robert Johnson examines this issue.

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Toward a New Definition of Arts Administrator

April 16, 2014

You might have heard the saying: “Those who can, do; those who can’t, teach.” In fact, if you’ve worked in the arts, not only have you most likely heard this, but you might also consider what I feel is the implied third part of this phrase, “Those who can’t do either, administrate.” This article is ultimately about arts administrators; read on for more.

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Advocacy: Anywhere and Anytime

April 09, 2014

I’d never experienced face-to-face advocacy firsthand to gain true insight into its meaning — and outcomes. In imagining what my first governmental advocacy meetings might be like, I wondered: How could I be the most effective voice in representing a diverse field of artists? Do I need to be an expert on the issues? Ultimately, what sort of impact can I make? Read on for more from Michelle Lynch Reynolds.

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March 25, 2014

As a judge in any competition, you are expected to be “objective.” But there is no such thing as pure objectivity, since we all come with our own set of past experiences. I am aware of my personal biases and try to move beyond them, but part of the value of my — or anyone’s — feedback is in the passionate personal response. If we know a person from our past, we see more in their performance than if we never laid eyes on them. This is why the American College Dance Festival Association requires that its adjudicators be kept away from the participants — “sequestered.” Read about dancer/critic Wendy Perron's experience.

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