Dance/USA Fall 2018 Webinar Series

Dance/USA presents a series of five free webinars this fall, made possible by The Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation and The Wallace Foundation.  Three webinars will explore issues around music and dance and two webinars will explore new learnings from The Wallace Foundation’s Building Audiences for Sustainability initiative. 

Finding Music for Choreography

Wednesday, September 12, 2018
2:00pm-3:00pm EST 
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This webinar will feature national experts and highlight resources to assist in the search for music for choreography.   


  • Mary Ellen Childs, moderator. Independent Composer and Program Director for the McKnight Artist Fellowships for Dancers and Choreographers
  • Philip Blackburn. Director of Artist Services, American Composers Forum; Director, Innova Recordings Label
  • Taja Will. McKnight Choreographer Fellow 
  • Nick D'Angiolillo, Director, Licensing and Library Services, Naxos of America

Navigating Music Rights for Dance 101

Wednesday, September 26, 2018
2:00pm-3:00pm EST
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Obtaining music rights for choreography can be complicated, time consuming, and expensive. Gaining insights into the process of securing music rights and licensing for dance is a must for every choreographer and dance manager. This webinar will discuss how to navigate the process as a choreographer and/or manager who is new to securing rights. 


  • Corey Fields. Entertainment lawyer, legal writer, teacher, and scholar
  • Eric Wendell. Director, Rental & Grand Rights Licensing at Boosey & Hawkes.

Community Engagement: Lessons from CAC on Building Audiences for Dance 

Thursday, October 11, 2018
2:00pm-3:00pm EST 

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Hear from the Contemporary Arts Center (CAC), which with the support of The Wallace Foundation, is working to attract the growing, local community of young African Americans in New Orleans, a group historically underrepresented in the CAC’s performance programs, by launching educational and social programs that promote lively interaction between performing artists and the community.


  • Neil Barclay. Director and CEO, CAC
  • Stephanie McKee-Anderson. Executive/Artistic Director, Junebug Productions

Engaging New Audiences for Unconventional Works: Lessons from UMS 

Wednesday, November 7, 2018
2:00pm-3:00pm EST  

Hear from the University Musical Society (UMS), which with the support of The Wallace Foundation, is working to develop adventurous audiences with its Renegade events. Renegade features innovative, risk-taking music, dance, and theater, often in alternative and unexpected places. As part of Renegade, UMS has presented dancemakers including Batsheva Dance Company, Charleroi Danses, Igor and Moreno, Nederlands Dans Theater, and Nora Chipaumire. Learn how UMS is expanding its audiences' appreciation for new work, including dance. 


  • Sara Billmann. Director of Marketing and Communications, UMS
  • Jim Leija. Director of Education and Community Enagement, UMS

Music and the Choreographer: Stories from the Field

Wednesday, November 28, 2018
2:00pm-3:00pm EST
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Choreographers are constantly seeking, securing, and commissioning music to create their works of dance.  This webinar will hear from several of today’s female choreographers on how they are navigating the world of music for choreography. 


  • Christy Bolingbroke, moderator. Founding Executive/Artistic Director, National Center for Choreography at The University of Akron (NCCAkron)
  • Rulan Tangen, featured choreographer 
  • Sarah Reich, featured choreographer
  • Stephanie Martinez, featured choreographer

If you have any questions please contact Dance/USA’s Communications Specialist Johanna Tschebull.