Other Professional Development Opportunities

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Upcoming Conferences, Workshops, Seminars, Symposiums, and Intensives

  • 2020 Winter Institute- Dance Exchange
  • 2020 NALAC Leadership Institute: Informational Webinar
  • Actors Fund: Career Transition for Dancers & Remote Orientation Process
  • APAP: National Dance Presenters Forum
  • Dance/NYC 2020 Symposium 
  • DataArts: Free Online Webinars
  • Disability. Dance. Artistry. Residency Program Call for Proposals
  • The Center for Ballet and the Arts
  • The International Association of Blacks in Dance Call for Choreographers, Schools and Studios 
  • Liz Lerman, LLC's Critical Response Process Certification Program 
  • The Mark Morris Dance Group: Teaching Artist Summer Seminar 
  • Moving Forward: The 2020 American Dance Platform Symposium
  • National Arts Marketing, Development and Ticketing Conference 
  • PUSHfest Call for Choreographers

2020 NALAC Leadership Institute: Informational Webinar

NALAC is currently accepting applications for the 20th edition of the NALAC Leadership Institute (NLI). The NLI is a week-long rigorous program in arts management and leadership development that delivers innovative and practical strategies that lead to successful business practices in the arts.

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Actors Fund: Career Transition for Dancers & Remote Orientation Process

Dancers with at least 5 years professional performing experience can apply for Professional Development grants ($1,000), which can be used to create a non-dance income as well as build marketable skills. Scholarships for undergraduate (up to $2,000) and graduate degrees (up to $,5000) are also offered to dancers with at least 7 years professional dance experience. Click here to learn about additional application criteria as well as the range of services offered by The Actors Fund. 

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AARP: Purpose Prize Award

An opportunity for stories and work to be promoted across a variety of media channels. Each AARP Purpose Prize Winner’s founded 501(c)(3) or 501(c)(4) nonprofit organizations will receive $50,000. Each AARP Purpose Prize Fellow’s founded 501(c)(3) or 501(c)(4) nonprofit organization will receive $5,000. Our hope is that the funds will be used for future work towards the greater social good.

APAP: the 2020 National Dance Presenters Forum

The Association of Performing Arts Professionals (APAP), in partnership with the New England Foundation for the Arts and Jacob’s Pillow, invites emerging dance presenters to apply for the National Dance Presenters Forum (NDPF), an immersive professional development experience, at Jacob’s Pillow from August 5-8, 2020. Deadline to apply is Mar. 16, 2020 at 5 p.m. (EDT).

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Dance/NYC 2020 Symposium

Dance/NYC’s 2020 Symposium will consider 21st century models for building a resilient and thriving dance ecosystem. It will invite participants to investigate topics of labor organizing; transformative justice; dance education in a changing political climate; and the business of dance-making, among others. 

As the only gathering of its kind for the dance community in the metropolitan New York City area, the Symposium aims to share information, innovation, and to stimulate awareness, interest, and ongoing engagement in dance and dance education. The 2020 Symposium will be hosted campus-style and make use of Hunter College’s expanding dance facilities and performance spaces for panel discussions, case studies, interactive workshops, a networking lunch, and more. The Symposium will take place Friday, March 20, 2020, 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. and

Saturday, March 21, 2020, 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.

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Data Arts: Free Online Webinars

DataArts is offering free, interactive courses to help arts leaders use data effectively. For more information on the courses, click here

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Disability. Dance. Artistry. Residency Program Call for Proposals

Dance/NYC and its program partner Gibney are pleased to invite you to apply for the Disability. Dance. Artistry. Residency Program, made possible by the generous support of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs Create NYC Disability Forward Fund and the Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation. Dance/NYC will award week-long residencies to disabled dance artists and/or integrated dance companies at Gibney from May 21, 2020 through June 20, 2020.  The purpose of the residency program is to expand opportunities for dancers with disabilities, and to advance accessibility and inclusion within the larger dance, residency and presenting communities.

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The Center for Ballet and the Arts

The CBA Fellowship Program awards residencies to artists and scholars across disciplines to work on projects that expand the way we think about the history, practice, and performance of dance. Applicants are not required to be experts in dance but must have an interest in engaging with the art form.  These engagements between artists and scholars, two communities that do not often intersect, strengthen and deepen the work of both. Click here for more information.

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The International Association of Blacks in Dance Call for Choreographers, Schools and Studios

"January 10, 1995, Joan Myers Brown, Founder/Executive Artistic Director of PHILADANCO! published the Directory of Choreographers for Black Dance Companies. At the time, this one-of-a-kind publication was in response to the frequent questions for information about "Black choreographers who work with Black dancers or predominantly Black dance companies." In the same spirit of this publication, IABD wants to hear from you and know who you are. As the organization grows and expands, IABD continues to bring visibility to the dance community. We can't think of a better way to maintain this awareness than to begin the enhancement of our existing dance directory. Help us to shift the narrative about the lack of Black choreographers, dance schools and studios. We know you exist." Click here for more information. 

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Liz Lerman, LLC's Critical Response Process Certification Program 

Aimed at practitioners who already have a strong working practice of CRP, the Certification program provides ten months of highest-level mentoring, peer-to-peer learning, and intensive practice in the foundations, principles, and variations of Critical Response Process. Participants will study directly with CRP book co-author and master trainer John Borstel, in addition to master classes with and guidance from Liz Lerman. Applications are now open, and can be found here

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Mark Morris Dance Group: Teaching Artist Summer Seminar

The Mark Morris Dance Group’s Teaching Artist Summer Seminar is a two-day workshop, June 13-14, 2020, for teaching artists at any stage of their career to gain new skills and perspectives. Built on Mark Morris’ vision for dance education, the seminar is led by Mark Morris Dance Group company members, principal teaching artists of the Mark Morris Dance Center, and the Education team. For more information and to register, click here.

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Moving Forward: The 2020 American Dance Platform Symposium 

This symposium designed for dance professionals in higher education asks: “How are you and your university moving forward and responding to the next generation of artists, educators, and innovators?”; and offers the opportunity for faculty and graduate students in dance education and performance to engage in discourse on the following topics: Defining and Advancing Diversity in Higher Education Dance Programs; Envisioning Dance in Digital Space; and Related Research and Position Papers. Dates: January 8-11, 2020. Fee: $425. The Symposium fee includes nightly performances at The Joyce and dance workshops. The event is hosted by NYU/Tisch and NYU/Steinhardt.

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National Arts Marketing, Development and Ticketing Conference 

This conference will be especially significant, given its overall theme: "Rocket-Boost Your Marketing & Fundraising Into the Next Decade and Beyond!" The Early Bird Registration Deadline is January 31. The In addition to the $180 discount mentioned above because of their relationship to you, your constituents can receive the lowest prices and bring two colleagues for FREE (3-for-1) if they register by January 3. Plus, each additional delegate is just $199.

To see the details, click here

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PUSHfest Call for Choreographers 

PUSH is seeking original 5-8 minutes in length by Emerging and Mid-career Choreographers to present at its 7th annual PUSHfest. This year’s Festival will take place at ODC Theater, a premier arts venue in San Francisco on September 18 -20, 2020. For more information on how to apply, click here.

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* postings updated as of February 7, 2020

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