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Raising the Curtain on the Affordable Care Act

January 10, 2014

Few professionals have as keen a need as dancers to stay as healthy and injury-free as possible, yet health care coverage is by no means guaranteed in the dance world. The Affordable Care Act seeks to improve access to health insurance across the country, while also improving the quality and comprehensiveness of coverage for those who currently have it. Read on for more on the ACA written for the dancer and dance company.

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How To Find Help Understanding Coverage Options

January 10, 2014

With all of the new coverage options and requirements under the Affordable Care Act, most people will need some help understanding their coverage options and responsibilities under the Affordable Care Act. Fortunately, the law creates a number of programs designed to provide help online, over the phone, and in person.

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Buyer Beware: Dancers and the ACA

October 15, 2013

Most dancers can easily spot a hazardous bobby pin on the studio floor. It’s also important to be aware of a few potential pitfalls when buying health insurance.

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Conference 2013 Report: From Racial Equity to the Future of Dance

June 23, 2013

From crucial networking sessions for artistic and executive directors to share programming hits and budgetary misses to paperwork how-to’s for grants and insurance, to sustaining partnerships and forging bonds in the community, Dance/USA’s 2013 Annual Conference held June 12-15 in Philadelphia reflected the wide spectrum of interests and issues confronting the organization’s members. Read on here for Karyn D. Collins’ report.

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Come Dance With Me, part 2

June 20, 2013

Dance teachers have long known the positive effects of dance training: from improved concentration and grades to better physical health and better behavior. In recent years science has begun to back up what many in the dance field have known instinctively for decades. Read Part 2 of Veronica Hackethal's article on educational dance programs that tap into the science while transmitting the artistic discipline of dance.

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Come Dance With Me

June 18, 2013

Only recently has science tried to analyze how dance benefits the brain and brings such joy. One theory holds that, like most exercise, dance releases a cascade of feel-good chemicals in the brain. Dancing induces the release of endorphins, the body’s natural pain killers that increase pain tolerance and boost mood. Endorphins are responsible for the euphoria experienced during a “runner’s high” and have a similar effect on the body during dancing. Read on to see how dance educators are using dance to stimulate these brain-boosting effects in children and teens.

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Dance/USA Honors a Legend: Philadanco’s Joan Myers Brown

June 07, 2013

Joan Myers Brown has had an extraordinary career. The founder of Philadanco!, one of Philadelphia's preeminent dance companies, as well as the driving force behind both the International Conference of Black Dance Companies and the International Association of Blacks in Dance, Myers Brown has lent her artistic guidance, her nurturance of many dancers and choreographers, her visionary leadership and grace under fire to many in the dance field. On June 13, she will be honored by Dance/USA for her contributions to the field. Read this personal account about Joan from long-time Philadelphia dance critic Merilyn Jackson.

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EDA: One Piece of the Audience Engagement Puzzle, Part 2

May 29, 2013 · 1 Comment

Catch up on Dance/USA’s Educating Dance Audiences research and best practices with this report by EDA director Suzanne Callahan.

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Reforming the Rules of Engagement, Round Two

May 28, 2013

This moment of reformation [in the arts field] is not a threat … It’s an invitation for us to think more expansively …. Yes, we have been obsessed with the performance or the exhibit … [and] with contextualizing or introducing audiences to [them] or with talk-backs. But forward-thinking organizations are asking new questions.

Ben Cameron, program director for the arts, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Speech for Arts Fund, Atlanta, December 2012

Read on to find out more about how Dance/USA through Educating Dance Audiences (EDA) has begun to harness new thinking to create new models for 21st-century dance organizations.

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Parsing the Merce Cunningham Dance Company Legacy Plan: A Special Report

April 25, 2013 · 3 Comments

On December 31, 2011, the Park Armory in New York was filled with a wet-eyed crowd of modern dance lovers bidding farewell to the Merce Cunningham Dance Company. Never before had a legacy company, one that made its mark over 58 years and changed the way we understood and created dances, shut its doors in such an abrupt but planned manner. Cunningham was an iconoclast from beginning to end.

Earlier this month the Merce Cunningham Trust released a case study detailing the extensive Legacy Plan crafted by the Cunningham Dance Foundation. The 88-page report provides details on the controversial arrangement that dismantled the Cunningham Dance Company, shut down the Cunningham Dance Foundation, as well as closed and sold off of the Merce Cunningham Studio in New York City.

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