Other Professional Development Opportunities

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Upcoming Conferences, Workshops, Seminars, Symposiums, and Intensives

  • BDF/Gibney Connect - Digital Intensive
  • Dance/NYC 2021 Symposium
  • Organizing with Artists for Change Initiative (OAC)
  • Mark Morris Dance Group – Teaching Artist Training Program
  • Nten: How to Find Nonprofit Work-Life Balance in a Digital World

BDF/Gibney Connect - Digital Intensive

Join Bates Dance Festival & Gibney virtually for our 7th annual five-day winter intensive, where we’ll explore dancing as a cultural, creative, inspired exchange with a focus on investigation, action, and discovery. This event will be held online via Zoom.

With BDF Faculty: D. Sabela Grimes, Thomas F. DeFrantz, Kendra Portier, Vanessa Anspaugh, Miguel Gutierrez, Ani Taj, and Joya Powell.


1:00-2:20pm EST Groove with D. Sabela Grimes
2:30-3:50pm EST Rotating Practice with BDF Faculty
4:00-5:30pm EST Creative Process with Thomas F. DeFrantz


January 4-8, 2021
1:00pm-5:30pm EST Daily
Drop-Ins Available for Rotating Practice Only: 2:30-3:50pm EST Daily
Early Bird Price: $160*
Full Registration: $200
Drop-in for Rotating Practice: $15.00 per Session
*Final day for Early Bird Registration Price is 11/23

Register Now!

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Dance/NYC 2021 Symposium 

The Dance/NYC 2021 Symposium will take place on Wednesday, March 17 - Saturday, March, 20, 2021 and will be fully digital. As the only gathering of its kind for the dance community in the metropolitan New York City area, the Symposium is a meeting place for the dance field to exchange ideas, expand networks, sharpen organizational practices, and deepen the inquiry around New York City's legacy and trajectory of dance-making. 

Save the date! Registration opens December 2020 at https://www.dance.nyc/programs/dancenyc-events/dancesymp/overview.

The 2021 Symposium will convene on an all-in-one digital conference platform. Platform features include: video live-streaming, speaker and audience engagement, community bulletin board, virtual expo hall, sponsor placement, and more.


Wednesday, March 17, 2021, 10am-3pm ET
Wednesday, March 17, 2021, 6pm-9pm ET
Thursday, March 18, 2021, 10am-7:30ppm ET
Friday, March 19, 2021, 10am-7:30pm ET
Saturday, March 20, 2021, 10am-7:30pm ET

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Organizing with Artists for Change Initiative (OAC)

Join movers, makers, artists, and leaders from communities near and far to explore tools and practices for collaborating and creating across generations. With faculty from across Dance Exchange history and across the globe, this Institute will take place in connection with Dance Exchange’s Dance On program which celebrates aging with dance, creativity, and connection.

As part of our Organizing with Artists for Change Initiative (OAC), Dance Exchange Institutes embrace process and performance, dialogue and dancemaking, and the role of artists as changemakers. The 2021 OAC Winter Institute will include live online movement classes (adapted for our home spaces) and workshops that delve into creative tools and practices from Dance Exchange as well as our peers and collaborators.

Facilitation of the 2021 OAC Winter Institute will rotate each day to include a range of voices and perspectives including Dance Exchange staff and partnering artists. More on our Institute faculty coming soon.

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Mark Morris Dance Group – Teaching Artist Training Program

Tuition: $900, scholarships available
Application deadline: December 4, 2020
Program begins January 29, 2021

Launch your career as a dance educator in the Mark Morris Dance Group’s Teaching Artist Training Program. This comprehensive 16-week program provides a robust opportunity to learn the unique teaching methodology of the Mark Morris Dance Center and build formal teaching practices, whether you're coming straight out of a university program or a professional performing career.

Participants will:

  • Learn Mark Morris Dance Group’s pedagogical methodologies of music prioritization and artistic excellence in a recreational environment
  • Explore core curricular structure and get hands-on training in its application to inclusive and adaptive classroom settings
  • Attend classes, lectures, and idea shares
  • Observe and assist in classes, practice teaching, receive feedback
  • Meet peers in the field, expanding their professional and personal networks
  • Have access to an Advisor Group of lead teaching artists at the Mark Morris Dance Center
  • Have access to employment opportunities at the Dance Center

Artists of any race, color, creed, religion, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, or veteran status should apply.

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Nten: How to Find Nonprofit Work-Life Balance in a Digital World

A fun, interactive class on finding the balance and intentionality you need to thrive in the nonprofit sector even during crisis times. Fortunately, there’s a way to combat work-life imbalance and digital distraction and remain engaged and inspired, no matter your role in your organization or career level. Come prepared to pause, reflect, and practice a more mindful approach to your work, life, and technology.

In How to Find Nonprofit Work-Life Balance in a Digital World, you'll learn to:

  • Identify which essential skills you are missing for living a balanced and intentional life in a digital world.
  • Learn how to create a solid personal and professional life vision to help you be intentional about living a balanced life even during a crisis.
  • Discover strategies to help you combat technology burnout and focus on mission-critical activities.
If your job involves data collection, analysis, or reporting, then this is the course you need to deepen your knowledge.

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