Dance/USA Webinars and Workshops

Dance/USA offers field-wide and member-only webinars, workshops and other virtual programming on timely and relevant topics. Many of Dance/USA’s events are recorded and made available to attendees to watch at a later date. Registration is required for all events, regardless of membership.

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Centering the Artist Series

Dance/USA presents Centering the Artist, a series of programming for independent artists this October. Join us for three virtual events this month.

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Informational Session with Dance Artists’ National Collective
Friday, October 15, 2021 | 2:00 PM ET
Cost: Free
*Open to Dance/USA Members ONLY

Dance/USA is excited to offer an informational session with Dance Artists’ National Collective (DANC) about important issues affecting dancemakers. This webinar will feature Emily Hansel, dance artist and DANC communications coordinator, Alex Rodabaugh, dance artist and DANC co-founder and treasurer, and Visioning Coordinators April Biggs and Tony Wright, discussing the following topics:

  • An introduction to DANC and how dancemakers can get involved
  • DANC standards
  • DANC’s modular Letter of Agreement (LOA) template
  • DANC audition guidelines
Speakers

A white woman with long reddish brown hair and wearing a white top looks forwardApril Biggs (MFA) is a queer, disabled dance artist, educator, and advocate who splits her time between the unceded territory of the Kiikaapoi peoples, colonially known as Milwaukee, WI, and the Lenapehoeking peoples, colonially known as Brooklyn, NY. Her pedagogical, choreographic and advocacy work is based in a framework of Disability Justice, an intersectional lens that celebrates the nuanced, full and exquisite experiences of disabled people. Since 2005, she has presented several dance works and evening-length productions in venues across NYC and the Greater & Western NY regions and has taught contemporary technique, improvisation, composition, contact improvisation, and ballet extensively throughout the US, including at the University at Buffalo, Ohio State University, and now, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She has performed the work of Bebe Miller, Doug Varone, Third Rail Projects, Urban Bush Women, Valerie Norman, and many others. Biggs was a 2020 Dance/NYC Disability.Dance.Artistry.Dance and Social Justice Fellow, has served as an NHSDA adjudicator, is a lead member of the Disability+ Working Group of the collective, Creating New Futures (CNF), a Visioning Coordinator for Dance Artists’ National Collective (DANC), and has experience serving on grant panels. She holds a BFA in Dance from Florida State University, an MFA in Dance from the Ohio State University, and an MFA in Creative Writing/Poetry from The New School. www.aprilbiggs.org IG: @biggbiggsdance

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Individual against white background and shaved head looks forwardEmily Hansel is a San Francisco-based dancer, choreographer, dance teacher, arts administrator, and artist advocate. Originally from Rochester, Minnesota, Emily received her BFA in Dance from the University of South Florida. Emily currently dances for Post:Ballet, Robert Moses’ KIN, Mark Foehringer Dance Project, Christy Funsch, FACT/SF, and ZiRu Dance, and recently performed Cunningham repertory in Signals from the West: Bay Area Artists In Conversation with Merce Cunningham at 100. She also choreographs her own work, teaches dance, and works in numerous administrative roles.

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Individual sits in a park and stares directly at the cameraAlex Rodabaugh is a choreographer, dancer and performer based in NYC. Alex recently showed work in Dance and Process at the Kitchen. Alex has worked with artists such as Tess Dworman, Simone Forti, Miguel Gutierrez, Ishmael Houston-Jones, Derek Smith and Bailey Williams among others. Alex’s work has also been shown at Movement Research at Judson Church, Draftworks, Double Plus at Gibney, PRELUDE, and American Realness Festival. See more at www.alexrodabaugh.work.

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Light brown skin man looks straight forwardrobert wright preferred name tony (he/him) is from st.petersburg florida and is african american freestyle dancer of ten years. he has trained in hip hop and tutting mainly along with knowledge of other styles such as popping. he currently resides in the tocobaga/seminole land otherwise known as clearwater FL.

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Presented in partnership with Dance Artists’ National Collective.

Dance Artists’ National Collective (DANC) is a united group of dancers advocating for safe, equitable, and sustainable working conditions for dancers in the U.S., especially those who are most impacted by systems of oppression. DANC works to empower dancers, who are often underpaid, mistreated, manipulated, and misclassified, by engaging in research, sharing resources, educating members, organizing for collective action, and championing labor standards.

This event is a part of Dance/USA’s Centering the Artist series.

Dancers Protecting Their Labor
Wednesday, October 20, 2021 | 6:00 PM ET (Online Only)
Cost: FREE
*Hosted by Dance/NYC

This dialogue unpacks the workforce experiences of dancers across genres and those who work to champion livelihoods in dance. Bringing together dance workers and advocates, the conversation offers a range of perspectives from a labor standpoint that respond to ongoing economic scarcity and inequity across the dance field, and point to collective ways to redefine current practices. 

ASL interpretation and closed captioning will be provided. To learn more about Dance/NYC’s town halls, participants, and program visit dance.nyc.

Speakers

BRAT is standing in front of an all white background with her hair out in a Fro.BRAT (She/Her/Hers) is a pro choreographer/dancer with Grenadian-Nevisian roots living in NYC. Traveling to the West Indies and back again, she developed a love for dance from Carnival and family fetes. Realizing that she had been bitten by the dancing bug, BRAT’s mother enrolled her in Harlem School of the Arts and other after school programs. Eventually, BRAT landed a scholarship to Dance Theater of Harlem’s Community Program where she realized she wanted to be a dancer. This love led her to attend Columbia College Chicago which helped her evolve greatly as a dancer.There she added more color to her movement palate by studying techniques like Bhyrata Natyam, Contact Improvisation, Capoeira, Popping, and Aerial Dance. While living in Chicago, she was homesick and wanted to connect with her West Indian roots. This longing eventually led BRAT to enter the Midwest Dancehall Queen Competition. She won. This victory gave her the opportunity to compete in the International Dancehall Queen competition. Doors were opened afterwards such as choreographing and/or performing at BAM, Performa 19, Nasty Woman Art Exhibit, The Shed, VOGUE, Target, Coachella, VMAS, and The US Open. It also allowed BRAT the fortune of co-founding her dance crew, Queen Moves, which connects and empowers women through dance. BRAT communicates with the world through dance and she is forever grateful for this language.

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Joey is rocking brown skin and an afro with black hair. He is back bending with his palms splayed to frame his face.Joey Kipp is an Afro-Latinx-Brazilian Queer/Gay dancer/performer/actor/singer/writer/painter who was raised in the Bay Area, California. He studied Dance and Biology at Marymount Manhattan College. Joey has most recently worked/collaborated with Heather Kravas, Vic Haven, Pioneers Go East at Judson Church, David Byrne and Yasmine Lee in SOCIAL at the Park Avenue Armory, Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company’s production of Deep Blue Sea also at the Armory, Occupy City Hall, and Cynthia Madansky’s film “Flowers for Lorraine” featured at the Horse Gallery in Dublin, Ireland. Joey’s artistry intersects with dance, theater, opera, film, and visual art all while advocating for healthy and equitable workspaces and processes within and outside of the arts.

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Woman with dark brown hair and wearing a black shirt, smiles at the cameraAmy Lehman comes to the practice of law after having a long career as a professional ballet dancer before returning to school to get her bachelor’s degree in theater history and dramatic literature from NYU.  She studied copyright, trademark, media law while at University of Michigan Law School, where she served as president of the Entertainment, Media and Arts Law Students Association.

Prior to joining Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, Amy practiced in New York as a commercial litigator, and advised clients in non-profit corporate compliance. She is a trained mediator, running VLA’s MediateArt program, and is now on the panel of mediators assigned to resolve cases for the Southern District of New York. 

Amy is a member of the Entertainment Law Committee of the New York City Bar Association and was selected to Super Lawyers Rising Stars 2014, 2016, 2017 and New York Metro Super Lawyers 2018-2021.

www.vlany.org

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A Caucasian woman with short brown hair, wearing a grey V-neck dress in an industrial setting looks at the camera.Kate Shindle became President of Actors’ Equity Association in 2015, the youngest member and the third woman elected to the union’s highest office. Since then, she has led Equity through multiple high-profile contract negotiations, a strike that resulted in profit participation for actors and stage managers who develop Broadway shows, the introduction of a new dues model that stabilized the union’s finances, the creation of the first-ever national convention, increased representation on the National Council for members who live outside of Equity’s three major office cities, and of course, the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, which took Equity members from record employment to 100% unemployment practically overnight. Kate is passionate about framing the performing arts as a vital financial engine for communities of all sizes across the country, in addition to their cultural value. Consistent with that philosophy, she believes that artists deserve the fair wages, safety standards, and employment protections that are valued by workers in other industries. She also believes that is is essential to continue transforming the theatre into an actively anti-racist, anti-discrimination industry that provides unprecedented access, inclusion, and belonging to those with historically marginalized identities.

She has starred or co-starred in four Broadway shows, numerous regional productions, and two national tours, in addition to film/TV work in projects like “Capote”, “Law & Order: SVU”, and most recently, an eight-episode arc on “The Good Fight.” Her writing has been featured in “Variety”, “Newsweek”, “Salon”, “The Daily Beast” and other publications, and her first book, “Being Miss America: Behind the Rhinestone Curtain” was published in 2014. She is also President of Theatre Authority, and a Trustee of The Actors Fund and Broadway Cares/Equity Fight

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Peter is a disabled dancer, originally from New York City. Peter is a company dancer for Full Radius Dance, Heidi Latsky Dance, and General Mischief Dance Theater He also has a passion for acting and performance. In addition to dance Peter works in accessibility and technology as it relates to performance with a focus on the betterment of accessibility practices from both the audience and performer. He works with the belief that if we prioritize accessibility at the beginning, art will be better for it. Peter has performed at the United Nations, the Whitney Museum, The New York City Highline, High Museum of Art, and the Lincoln Center Atrium.

Presented in partnership with Dance/NYC.

Curated and moderated by Candace Thompson-Zachery, Dance/NYC Senior Manager of Programming and Justice Initiatives.

This event is part of Dance/NYC’s Redefining Practice series and Dance/USA’s Centering the Artist series.

Music and Dance – How to Find Your Creative Partner and Make New Collaborations Happen
Thursday, October 28, 2021 | 4:00 PM ET
Cost: FREE

New Music USA and Dance/USA proudly team up to present an exciting roundtable discussion exploring the collaboration possibilities between music creators and choreographers. The event will feature Emmy® Award-nominated choreographer/director and The Black Iris Project founder Jeremy McQueen in conversation with dancer and Juilliard dean & director of dance Alicia Graf Mack, as well as McQueen’s collaborators on his acclaimed dance film series WILD: Composer and vocalist Chari Glogovac-Smith; singer-songwriter Morgxn, and composer and musician Amina Scott.

The artists will share their experiences, insights, and unique perspectives on working in the collaborative world of dance and music, and provide advice for those excited to explore this intersection of creative work. The event will also feature video excerpts from WILD, McQueen’s groundbreaking four-part dance film documenting and amplifying the voices of system-involved young men of color. WILD is supported by New Music USA, learn more here.

Speakers

individual sings into a microphoneChari Glogovac-Smith is a composer, vocalist, instrumentalist, filmmaker, and mixed media artist. Using an evolving mixture of traditional and experimental techniques, Chari is dynamically exploring and illustrating various counterpoints between society and the human experience. Chari’s recent works have posed questions about empathy, conflict, emotional intelligence, identity, social justice, healing, listening, and time. Their examinations and integrations of mediums, materials, and methodologies have centered around their research into the theories and practices of afro-futurism, deep listening, minimalism, jazz, classical music, experimentalism, mechatronics, and machine learning. 

Chari’s compositional trajectory was ignited during their MFA studies in Electronic Music and Recording Media at Mills College (2018-2020). During this time Chari had the great privilege to study with Roscoe Mitchell and Tomeka Reid of the Art Ensemble of Chicago, William Winant, Steed Cowart, Zeena Parkins, Laetitia Sonami, Molly Holm, David Bernstein, and John Bischoff. Before this time, Chari spent a decade as an underground vocalist/rapper in various touring rock and hip-hop bands, sharing stages with The Flobots, Nappy Roots, Dj-Quik, Uh-Huh Her, Sage Francis, K-Flay, and Jodeci.  

Chari currently resides in Seattle, WA, and is pursuing their Ph.D. in Experimental Arts and Digital Media at the University of Washington. Chari is a proud McNair Scholar and a Nevada Art Council Fellow. Chari has worked as a commissioned composer in collaboration with The Center for the Art of Performance UCLA, The Black Iris Project, and has exhibited media works internationally. 

Individual crouches low looking directly at the camera in front of a blue backgroundThe world according to morgxn is one where traditional boundaries do not exist. At his core, alt/pop artist morgxn is a storyteller who navigates the expanse between everything devastating and joyous about the human condition. Through his collection of danceable, relatable and memorable songs, morgxn moves seamlessly between the alternative and pop worlds; using his soulful voice and magnetic presence to set an intoxicating, mesmerizing mood. Over the past two years, morgxn has been not-so-quietly releasing new music that has culminated in a debut album, vital, and a lush, acoustic EPvital :blue (s t r i p p e d). His work has since made festival debuts at Lollapalooza, Firefly, LaurelLive and Hangout Music Festival. He has toured extensively with artists including XAmbassadors, Phoebe Ryan, Skylar Grey, miike snow, Dreamers, Robert Delong, ARIZONA;  received megawatt licensing looks (ABC, HBO, SHOWTIME, NBC, The CW, USA Networks); and has garnered high praise across the board. A re-recorded track of his song “home” featuring WALK THE MOON was released in 2018, and in 2019 reached Top 10 at alternative radio and adult alternative and has accrued upwards of over 25 million combined global streams.

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Black man, facing directly towards the cameraJeremy McQueen is an Emmy® Award-nominated choreographer & director, dedicated to story-telling rooted in experience and social engagement. His work aims to create spaces of comfort, solace, and connection through reflection—a sharing of observations of what is going on around him. McQueen is the founding artistic director & choreographer of The Black Iris Project, a ballet collaborative and education vehicle which creates new, relevant classical and contemporary ballet works that celebrate diversity and Black history. Based in New York City, the project hosts a team of predominantly artists of color delivering cross-discipline and wholly original works. Championing individuality, the collaborative harnesses the Black community’s inherent creative spirit to encourage and inspire youth of color to pursue art, movement and music as an expressive outlet and a means for collective healing.  Since its inception in 2016, The Black Iris Project has been committed to telling Black narratives through ballet, using art as a mirror to reflect the times and consistently intertwining themes of social justice in everything they do. Born and raised in San Diego, California, McQueen is a graduate of The Ailey School/ Fordham University, B.F.A. in dance program and has also trained in the schools of American Ballet Theatre, San Francisco Ballet, and Alonzo King’s LINES Ballet. McQueen is a 2020 Soros Justice Fellowship (Open Society Foundations), 2019 recipient of the Bronx Council of the Arts’ BRIO (Bronx Recognizes Its Own) Award, a 2013 recipient of the Joffrey Ballet of Chicago’s Choreographers of Color Award [Winning Works] and two-time finalist of the Capezio Award for Choreographic Excellence (2012 & 2013). McQueen has performed in Broadway’s Wicked and The Color Purple, the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, and numerous Metropolitan Opera productions. www.blackirisproject.org

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Woman stands holding a base (instrument)Amina Scott, born and raised in Oakland, CA, is an upright and electric bassist, composer, and arranger. Her interest in music began at an early age when her grandmother began giving her piano lessons. From then, her love and passion for music has yet to cease, playing electric bass at the age of twelve and was soon playing gigs with local bands in Oakland. 

In Oakland, Amina has ties to the Oakland Public Conservatory of Music (OPCM) which was started by trombonist Angela Wellman to provide arts and music classes the Oakland community with an economical way. Through OPCM, Amina was able to take her skills to Lima, Peru to be part a of a group that represented the United States at the first Festival of Music and Dance in the African Diaspora where she played various concerts around Lima and held seminars discussing the music of the African Diaspora in the United States. 

In 2012, Amina relocated to New Orleans, LA where she studied at Loyola University New Orleans under Allen Nisbet, Roland Guerin, and Ed Wise. She graduated from Loyola in 2016 with a Bachelor of Music in Music Industry Studies. In 2017, Amina began her studies at Florida State University (Tallahassee, FL) studying with Rodney Jordan, Leon Anderson, Marcus Roberts, and Bill Peterson. In 2019, she obtained her Masters in Music in jazz studies. In 2017, Amina joined the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra led by Adonis Rose. With them, she has performed at festivals such as the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, Detroit Jazz Festival, Ascona Jazz Festival (Ascona, Switzerland), and the Detroit Jazz Festival as well as with the small group, NOJO 7, performing at venues and festivals such as the St. Lucia Jazz Festival (St. Lucia) & the Exit Zero Jazz Festival (Cape May, NJ). Additionally, she also led her own quartet at the 2019 Jacksonville Jazz Festival (Jacksonville, FL). 

Now based in New Orleans, Amina has performed with various artists including Steve Turre, Wessell “Warm Daddy” Anderson, Nicholas Payton, David Murray, Jamison Ross, Joanne Brackeen, Herlin Riley, Christian Scott Atunde Adjuah, and more. She has also performed with the Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra (Tallahassee, FL) and the Albany Symphony Orchestra (Albany, GA). In 2017, Amina was a fellow in the Steans Institute of Music Jazz Program (Ravinia, IL) under the direction of Rufus Reid, Billy Childs, and Nathan Davis. She is also a bandleader in her own right leading her quartet, her six-piece fusion band PHYRA, and the up and coming band, Noruz. Noruz has currently released two records with their most recent being The Witching Hour which can be found on all streaming services. Amina currently teaches as an adjunct professor at Loyola University New Orleans working with various ensembles and bass students within the Popular and Commercial Music program. She endorses Aguilar Amplification.

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Moderator

Woman with long dark hair looks directly forwardAlicia Graf Mack began her inaugural season as the Dean and Director of Dance at The Juilliard School in the fall of 2018. Over the last two decades, Alicia enjoyed a distinguished career as a leading dancer of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and a principle ballerina with Dance Theatre of Harlem under the tutelage of Arthur Mitchell. She has also danced with Complexions Contemporary Ballet, and as a guest performer with Alonzo King’s LINES Ballet, Beyoncé, John Legend, John Batiste, Andre 3000, and Alicia Keys.

Ms. Graf Mack graduated magna cum laude with honors in history from Columbia University and holds an MA in nonprofit management from Washington University in St. Louis. Ms. Graf Mack was an assistant professor of dance at Webster University in St. Louis, and on faculty at Washington University and University of Houston. She is a co-founder of D(n)A Arts Collective, an initiative created to enrich the lives of young dancers through master classes and intensives.

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Photo Credit: Gregory Costanzo

Presented in partnership with New Music USA.

New Music USA supports the sounds of tomorrow by nurturing the creation, performance, and appreciation of new music for adventurous listeners around the world. We empower and connect US-based music makers, organizations, and audiences by providing funding through our grants; offering support and fostering new connections through our programs; deepening knowledge through our online magazine, NewMusicBox; and working as an advocate for the field. New Music USA envisions a thriving and equitable ecosystem for new music throughout the United States.

This event is a part of Dance/USA’s Centering the Artist series.

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