FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 30, 2019
CONTACT: Johanna Tschebull
Washington, DC - Dance/USA, the national service organization for professional dance, is pleased to announce the selection of nine early-career dance leaders and nine mentors for the Dance/USA 2019 Institute for Leadership Training (DILT), a national dance mentorship and leadership development program. The overarching goal of Dance/USA’s Institute for Leadership Training is to build the leadership and decision-making skills of early-career dance leaders who represent the diversity of the national, professional dance community. The program has a specific focus on supporting individuals of African, LatinX, Asian, Arab, and Native American descent; individuals with disabilities or working in physically integrated dance; and individuals from a diversity of gender identities including transgender, agender, gender fluid, and genderqueer. The members of the 2019 DILT cohort were selected through a competitive process, and work within a broad range of genres and communities across the country. The 2019 cohort will engage in a nine-month one-on-one mentorship experience which begins at the Dance/USA 2019 Annual Conference and runs through March 2020. Learn more about the 2019 mentees here and the 2019 mentors here.
"Dance/USA is excited to launch the 2019 DILT cohort. Mentorship is a highly valuable tool for supporting our next wave of leaders. Congratulations to all of this year’s program participants!" said Dance/USA Executive Director Amy Fitterer.
Dance/USA is grateful to American Express and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for their generous support of the Institute for Leadership Training. Dance/USA is also grateful to its ongoing funders who support the program: Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, The Harkness Foundation for Dance, National Endowment for the Arts, and The Shubert Foundation
Propelled by our belief that dance can inspire a more just and humane world, Dance/USA will amplify the power of dance to inform and inspire a nation where creativity and the field thrive. Dance/USA is the national service organization for the professional dance field. Established in 1982, Dance/USA champions an inclusive and equitable dance field by leading, convening, advocating, and supporting individuals and organizations. Dance/USA’s core programs are focused in the areas of engagement, advocacy, research, and preservation. Learn more at danceusa.org.