2016 Dance Forum WEST


Dance Forum WEST (Pilot)
Monday, August 29

9:30 am – 1:30 pm
Platinum C Ballroom I 2nd Floor | JW Marriott at LA Live
900 W Olympic Blvd I Los Angeles, CA

Dance Forum WEST

Building off of Dance/USA’s Dance Forum at APAP in January 2016, Dance Forum WEST will explore the partnerships needed between the dance artists, presenter, agent, and others to create performance opportunities and to ignite excitement for an artist that is lesser-known in a presenter’s territory.  This pre-conference session will be interactive and feature a combination of large and small group conversations and networking opportunities.  


AMY FITTERER, Executive Director, Dance/USA
CHRISTY BOLINGBROKE, Deputy Director for Advancement, ODC Theater
SHEETAL GANDHI, Dancer, Choreographer, Performing Artist
PAMELA GREEN, Founder & President, PMG Arts Management
WALTER JAFFE, Co- Founder,  White Bird
JACKIE LOPEZ, Artistic Director, Versa Style Dance Company
ILAAN EGELAND MAZZINI, Program Manager, Artist Recruitment and Engagement,
     Ford Theatres, Los Angeles County Arts Commission
RENEE MITCHELL, Writer, Artist, Community Activist, Creative Revolutionist
ISABEL MIRANDA, President, Grandeza Mexicana Folk Ballet Company
MARGARET SELBY, President, CAMI Spectrum LLC


  • 9:15am | Mingling pre-Forum
    • Get coffee and find a seat!
  • 9:30am | Welcome & Introductions from Dance/USA | Amy Fitterer
  • 9:50 am | Setting the Stage | Kristopher McDowell
  • 10:00am | Group Exercise | Amy Fitterer
  • 10:15am | Snapshot #1
    • Christy Bolingbroke, ODC Theatre, National Center For Choreography in Akron, OH
    • Sheetal Gandhi, Choreographer, Performing Artist
    • Amy Fitterer (moderator)
  • 10:30am | Snapshot #2
    • ILaan Egeland Mazzini, Ford Theatres
    • Isabel Miranda, Grandeza Mexicana Folk Ballet
    • Jackie Lopez, Versa Style Dance Company
    • Amy Fitterer (moderator)
  • 10:45am | Table Discussion about Snapshot #1 & #2
    • Attendees sitting in round tables will converse with each other over prompt questions.
  • 11:00am | Networking Break
    •  Refill your coffee and tea.
    •  Attendees encouraged to sit at a different table to meet new people.
  • 11:15am | Snapshot #3
    •  Walter Jaffe, White Bird
    •  Renee Mitchell, Writer, Artist, Community Activist, Creative Revolutionist
    •  Kristopher McDowell (moderator)
  • 11:30am | Snapshot #4
    • Pamela Green, PMG Arts Management
    • Margaret Selby, CAMI Spectrum
    •  Kristopher McDowell (moderator)
  • 11:45am | Table Discussion about Snapshots #3 & #4
    •  Attendees sitting in round tables will converse with each other over prompt questions.
  • 12:00noon | Wrap up | Amy Fitterer & Kristopher McDowell
    • Reflect on your take-away from this workshop.
  • 12:15pm | Networking Hour Sponsored By Dance Resource Center LA
    •  Felicia Rosenfeld, Executive Director, DRC LA
    •  Alex Matthews, Associate Director,  Director of Programming, DRC LA
  • 1:30pm | Adjourn

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