Dance/USA’s Institute for Leadership Training (DILT) is a one-on-one mentorship program aimed to build the leadership and decision-making skills of emerging dance leaders who represent the diversity of the national, professional dance community. Since 2011, over 115 individuals have participated in the program, including mentors and mentees.
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The design of the program has evolved from a national professional dance mentorship program for Dance/USA members to a program devoted to shifting patterns of inequity in the dance field, open to members and non-members alike. In 2015, DILT began intentionally recruiting members from diverse communities with a specific interest in supporting emerging leaders of color. Today, DILT is continuing to expand its reach. The 2017 program has a specific focus on supporting individuals of African, Latino(a), 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, genderqueer, etc.
See below for a full list of past program participants. Learn more about the program here.
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