2017 Dance Forum

Friday, January 6, 2017

New York Hilton Midtown | Trianon Ballroom | 3rd Floor
1335 Avenue of the Americas I New York, NY


Sharing the Art: Success Stories for Inspiring Audiences and Presenting Dance

The annual Dance/USA Dance Forum convenes a wide variety of individuals working in the dance industry to connect with peers and discuss timely, field-wide topics of interest. The 2017 Dance Forum was presented in a workshop-style with opportunities to dialogue with peers and speakers from across the country in both large and small group conversations.

Many community members joined Dance/USA for this two-part event to discuss models and strategies for empowering dance audiences, presenters, and artists. Part I dove into audience engagement learning from Dance/USA’s Engaging Dance Audiences, followed by a close look at dance touring in the U.S. with a snapshot featuring the National Dance Project and North American Performing Arts Managers and Agents. Part II featured snapshots with multi-disciplinary presenters who have successfully brought dance to their communities.

The Dance Forum was interactive and featured networking opportunities.The event was free and open to the entire dance community; APAP registration was not required.  Multi-disciplinary presenters were encouraged to attend! 

All attendees had the opportunity to enter a drawing to win a 50% discount to the 2017 Dance/USA Annual Conference.

Learn more about the 2017 Dance Forum Speakers here!


8:45am | Networking

·  Coffee service will be provided from 8:45am to 10:45am.

9:00am | Welcome & Updates from Dance/USA

Part I

9:15am | Warming Up the Room

·  Get to know your colleagues in the room through a series of facilitated activities. 

9:25amAudience Engagement Snapshot

·  Features speakers from Dance/USA’s Engaging Dance Audiences (EDA).

9:40am | Small Group Discussions

9:45am | Q &A with Speakers

9:55am |  Dance Touring Snapshot

·  Features speakers from the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project (NDP) and the North American Performing Arts Managers and Agents (NAPAMA).

10:10am | Small Group Discussions

10:15am | Q & A with Speakers

10:25am | Networking Break


10:40am | Setting the Stage

·  We will take time to frame the dialogue around the upcoming snapshots.

10:45am | Snapshot A

11:00am | Snapshot B

11:15am | Snapshot C

·  These three snapshots will feature success stories from multi-disciplinary presenters who have successfully brought dance to their communities.

11:30am | Small Group Discussions

11:35am | Q & A with Speakers

11:50am | Wrap Up & Reflection

12:00pm | Adjourn  

The 2017 Dance Forum took place on Friday, January 6, 2017 from 9am- 12noon at the New York Hilton Midtown.

Dance/USA is grateful to the Kristopher McDowell, Dance/USA Agents Council Chair; Walter Jaffe, Dance/USA Presenters Council Chair; and Charles Santos, Executive Director/Artistic Director of TITAS Presents, for their guidance and shaping of the 2017 Dance Forum programming.