Dance/USA hosted its 6th Annual Conference in Minneapolis, MN from June 18-21, 2014. From executive directors and emerging arts leaders to managers and presenters, agents and artists, nearly 450 individuals associated with the professional dance field came together for networking, creative conversation, enriching training sessions, discussion on important issues facing the field, and performances.
Attendees participated in conversations around health and wellness, best business practices, audience engagement strategies, technology, accessibility and opportunity, and more. They learned from industry experts and were inspired to advance dance together in business and on stage at this exciting national convening!
Cecily Sommers (Author, and Professional Futurist) presented the Keynote Address.
At the 2014 Opening Night Celebration Dance/USA and the Minneapolis Host Committee recognized this year’s recipients of the Honors, Ernie (named for the late Ian “Ernie” Horvath), and Special Citation Awards. This extraordinary event took place at the Nicolett Island Pavilion, was cause for reflection upon these individuals’ contributions to dance in America and an acknowledgement of the roles they play in the national and local dance community.
The Dance/USA 2014 Champion Award was awarded the following night at the first Minneapolis Performance Showcase in the Goodale Theater at The Cowles Center for Dance and the Performing Arts.
Colleen Callahan | 2014 Special Citation: Inspiration Honoree
D. David Brown | 2014 Dance/USA 'Ernie' Honoree
Liz Lerman | 2014 Dance/USA Honor Honoree
Dr. Robert & Katherine Goodale | 2014 Dance/USA Champion Honorees
Dance/USA is deeply grateful to DeWitt Stern Group, title sponsor, and Target, gold sponsor, for their generous support of the 2014 Opening Night Celebration.
The Closing Plenary was moderated by Suzanne Carbonneau (Essayist, Critic, Historian) with panelists Renae Williams Niles (Music Center of Los Angeles County), Zachary Whittenburg (Hubbard Street Dance Chicago), and Aparna Ramaswamy (Ragamala Dance).
Videos by Ben Doyle.