PRESS RELEASE: Aaron P. Dworkin Confirmed as Opening Plenary Speaker at Dance/USA Conference in Philadelphia

May 3, 2013

Contact: Laura Henning
Phone: 202.833.1717

Washington, DC. – Dance/USA, the national service organization for professional dance, announces that Aaron P. Dworkin will be its Opening Plenary speaker at its Annual Conference, June 12-15, in Philadelphia. Dworkin will speak on Thursday, June 13, 9-11:30 a.m. 

Named a 2005 MacArthur Fellow, a former member of the Obama National Arts Policy Committee and President Obama’s first appointment to the National Council on the Arts, Dworkin is the Founder and President of the Sphinx Organization, the leading national arts organization that focuses on youth development and diversity in classical music. An author, social entrepreneur, artist-citizen and an avid youth education advocate, he has received extensive national recognition for his vast accomplishments. His memoir titled Uncommon Rhythm: A Black, White, Jewish, Jehovah’s Witness, Irish Catholic Adoptee’s Journey to Leadership was recently released through Aquarius Press.

A lifelong musician, Mr. Dworkin is an accomplished acoustic and electric violinist, a spoken-word and visual artist. Read more.

About the Dance/USA 2013 Annual Conference
Dance/USA’s 2013 Annual Conference will take place in Philadelphia, PA, June 12–15, 2013. The conference is the country’s broadest gathering of dance professionals, including executive directors, artistic directors, company managers, choreographers, artists, presenters, agents, and others.
Dance/USA is grateful to William Penn Foundation, Lead Funder, American Harlequin Corporation, Title Sponsor, DeWitt Stern, Honors Celebration Sponsor, and Freed of London for their support of the 2013 Annual Conference. Additional thanks to Host Partners the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts and University of the Arts.

About Dance/USA
Dance/USA is the national service organization for the professional dance field. Established in 1982, Dance/USA serves a diverse national membership of over 490 dance groups working in the genres of aerial, ballet, contemporary, culturally-specific, hip-hop, ice, international, jazz, liturgical, single-choreographer, and tap, dance presenters, dance service organizations, dance agents, dance educators, independent dancers, freelance choreographers, students of arts administration and/or dance and business in service to dance, and individuals related to the field. Learn more about Dance/USA and our branch offices by visiting our website,

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