Dance has always been there and humanity and the tiny musical strands of which it is made have been vibrating in one way or another since the beginning of known history.
Join Dance/USA and From the Green Room in an online discussion on the state of the field. Here is where the discussion to implement change and share new ideas, models, methods or practices that can help us acclimate to this shift in the field. What do we want: stability, job opportunities, long-term contracts, insurance? We look forward to your fruitful and productive contributions to this conversation.
In the face of artistic repression, budget cuts, a general disregard for the arts in the United States, and for this art form in particular, with the growing lack of space to create and perform work, the decline of touring opportunities, the loss of high quality and the frequency of dance criticism, international competition, declining audiences – need I say more? – you have remained a fearless community, dancing toward the problems and finding innovative solutions and alternatives that keep us moving forward.
More than ever in the arts, we dancers and dance administrators need some good spiritual food for sustenance – especially as the world pushes us to move ever faster in its service and sometimes, it seems, far away from the art we love. It is imperative to thrive despite many draining challenges that face us. It is important to find balance in our lives.
Don’t let her small stature and soft-spoken, polite nature fool you. She is highly intelligent and a fiercely passionate advocate for dance. Julie Nakagawa, co-founder and artistic director of DanceWorks Chicago (DWC) and an officer on the Board of Trustees for Dance/USA, is an artist, teacher, mentor and director that focuses on nurturing not only the individual artist, but the global dance community as a whole. There is no ego here.
Welcome to Dance — Chicago Style
Scene: Opening Reception — On Stage at The Harris Theater for Music and Dance
Dance artists and practitioners in the Champaign-Urbana (C-U) area have it made; they have access to a respected University dance department and a vibrant local dance community, and they are just a short drive away from one of the central hubs for dance in the U.S. – Chicago. This July, Dance/USA, a national service organization for professional dance, is giving C-U residents a great reason to make the drive.