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Michael Kaiser: Exit Interview, part 2

August 27, 2014

Michael Kaiser, the outgoing president of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., talks candidly about the state of the dance field, funding, American dance abroad, challenges and perceptions, and his love of baseball and baking. In September 2014, he leaves the Kennedy Center to bring the DeVos Institute of Arts Management to University of Maryland joining the College of Arts and Humanities’ Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, a leading national arts incubator. This is the second part of his conversation with Dance/USA.

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Michael Kaiser: Exit Interview, part 1

August 25, 2014

Michael Kaiser, the outgoing president of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., talks candidly about the state of the dance field, funding, American dance abroad, challenges and perceptions, and his love of baseball and baking. In September 2014, he leaves the Kennedy Center to bring the DeVos Institute of Arts Management to University of Maryland joining the College of Arts and Humanities’ Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, a leading national arts incubator. 

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So, You Think You Can Ace College Dance?

August 20, 2014

I spend a lot of time thinking about the transition from college to the professional field of dance and all the places that dance study can take you. So it was fun when a friend asked me to think about study skills for dancers just entering college. If you and I were to sit down for coffee, read on for some ideas I’d encourage you to think about and discuss with your new classmates.

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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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No CommentsTags: 2014 Annual Conference · Advocacy · Artistry · Arts Administration

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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