Professional Development Opportunities

Professional development is essential to building a resilient dance field. Dance/USA strives to ensure that dance professionals have equitable access to the latest information and innovations on which to build our collective future. Through convenings, collaborative partnerships, and presentations, we connect our members to a wide range of ideas, leaders, and opportunities.

Information on Dance/USA’s exclusive professional development opportunities, which include convenings, webinars, trainings, and office hours, may be found by exploring both our Conference and Leadership and Learning pages.

Below, we also host a user-generated listing of opportunities from members and affiliates. For more information on getting your upcoming professional development opportunity listed and applicable fees (listings are FREE for Dance/USA members), please contact our Membership Team.

Organization: DeVos Institute of Arts Management
Application: May 15, 2021

In continuation of its mission to support and empower arts managers and their boards, the DeVos Institute of Arts Management is pleased to offer pro bono consultation for ten US-based organizations focused on strengthening or developing arts programming to enhance social cohesion.

At a pivotal moment in our nation’s journey — one that calls for justice, reconciliation, restitution, and healing — the program seeks to assist organizations in the development and implementation of arts programming that promotes engagement between parties that may not otherwise engage in constructive or creative dialogue.

Specifically, the program recognizes the disproportionate and unacceptable impact that structural and racial inequity has had within BIPOC communities and, while all proposals are welcomed and encouraged, will prioritize proposals that seek to support BIPOC-led or BIPOC-serving organizations.

To learn more and apply, click here.

Organization: Mark Morris Dance Group
Dates: June 21-25, 2021
Location: Brooklyn, NY (virtual option available)

The Mark Morris Dance Accompaniment Training Program highlights the importance of music in the dance studio and elevates dance accompaniment as a viable profession. This program aims to create a set of standards for dance accompaniment and ensure a baseline of competency.

Over the 5-day workshop, the Mark Morris Dance Accompaniment Training Program trains a cohort of 10-15 advanced to professional musicians—pianists, percussionists, and other instrumentalists—to accompany a variety of technique classes, children’s dance, and an introduction to adaptive dance programs like Dance for PD classes.

Known to be “undeviating in his devotion to music” Mark Morris is committed to live music at every performance of his company, creating the MMDG Music Ensemble in 1996. He brings this philosophy and passion to his arts-in-education programming, providing live music in every class and workshop, at the Dance Center and through Access/MMDG community programs in New York City and around the world.

Under Morris’ tutelage and led by pianist, composer, and Barnard College Music Director Robert Boston with MMDG Music Director Colin Fowler, MMDG’s Director of Education, Sarah Marcus, and several of the Dance Center’s faculty of all styles, the program is conducted in three phases over 5-days with the option of an internship in programming at the Mark Morris Dance Center.

To learn more and apply, click here.

Organization: Mark Morris Dance Group
Dates: June 24-26, 2021
Location: Virtual

The Mark Morris Dance Group’s Teaching Artist Summer Seminar is a three-day virtual workshop 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. This year’s workshop will have a specific focus on instruction in the online classroom.

To learn more and apply, click here.

Organization: Mark Morris Dance Group
Dates: June 14-18, 2021
Location: Brooklyn, NY (virtual option available)

Explore the innovative and challenging work of Mark Morris in our annual Summer Intensive held at the Mark Morris Dance Center. This year there will be an opportunity to study either in person or 100% online. All students will work directly with Dance Group company members, Music Director Colin Fowler, and Mark Morris himself! The Summer Intensive includes music seminars, daily classes in modern dance, ballet, pilates, and will culminate with an informal showing.

To learn more and apply, click here.

Organization: Threads Dance Project
Location: Minneapolis, MN

Threads Dance Project is excited to announce the return of our unique summer intensive experience! Over the years we have developed a one-of-a-kind dance training opportunity specifically designed to bring diverse youth together through the connective power of dance. Even more exciting is that this year’s intensive will serve as a preliminary workshop where students can get early practice with audition material in preparation for our upcoming audition for our new pre-professional dance training program, Youth Dance Project (YDP) scheduled for July 31st.

To learn more and apply click here.

Organization: Jacob’s Pillow
Location: Virtual

DEL Mini Workshop: Flamenco with Nélida Tirado
Join Ann Biddle, Felice Santorelli, and guest artist Nélida Tirado in the exploration of dance education practices dedicated to artistry, collaboration, and dance-making in a 3-hour embodied and interactive Zoom workshop. Inspired by the work of Pillow Lab artist Nélida Tirado, participants will also learn about the rich, cultural history of the art of flamenco and DELve into the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Interactive site to discover how the art of flamenco has evolved from the past to the present.

Early bird special access! Participants that register by April 14th are invited to attend Nélida Tirado: Inside the Pillow Lab April 15 at 7pm Eastern, screened on YouTube, immediately followed by a intimate Zoom Q&A conversation with Tirado and collaborators.

Sunday, April 18 | 2:30-5:30pm Eastern
For ages 16+ | Open to all levels | FREE

DELving into Dance History
In celebration of Asian-Pacific Heritage month, join Ann Biddle, Felice Santorelli, and guest artist Dian Dong of Chen Dance Center to DELve into discovering the rich history of Asian and Asian American dance artists from the 20th century to the present. Learn about their contributions to a broad canon of works in early modern dance and explore distinctly Asian forms of dance such as Bharatanatyam and Butoh.

Sunday, May 16 – Sunday, May 23 | 2:30-5:30pm Eastern
For ages 16+ | Open to all levels | $99

Organization: Alternate ROOTS
Location: ROOTS is interested in receiving applications from artists living and working in all southern states within our service region and especially Alabama, Arkansas, and West Virginia. These states are an organizational priority.
Applications due: April 30, 2021

Alternate ROOTS’ mission is to support southern artists and organizers working at the intersection of art, community, and activism. Artistic Assistance provides direct support to individual artists and cultural workers in the South to enhance their skills, create unique Professionals, and build community.

To learn more and apply to join the 2021-2022 cohort by May 3rd, click here.

Organization: The School at Jacob’s Pillow
Location: Beckett, MA
Contact: Email

How do you see the work of dance-making as essential? Probe this and other questions in a year-long online institute with a network of fellow choreographers facilitated by core faculty: Celeste Miller (Institute Director), Kimberli Boyd, and Michael Richter.

The Institute is a training program in the Curriculum in Motion® method: a co-creative workshop/residency model applying choreographers’ methods to the curriculum, question, issue or theme of a community partner.

Using body-based practices, The Institute works with the Curriculum in Motion® pedagogy to integrate our art, values and our place in the world. With its roots in over 25 years of application with community partners, Curriculum in Motion® artists have partnered with K-12 schools, museums, after-school programs, non-profits, medical groups, businesses and civic planners.

To learn more and apply to join the 2021-2022 cohort by May 3rd, click here.

Organization: Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation

Alan W. Cooper served as Executive Director of MAAF for 23 years, from 1994 to 2017. Under Cooper’s Leadership, MAAF established a reputation for excellence, integrity, and innovative programs and services that extends beyond the mid-Atlantic region to national and international communities. Cooper fostered a true partnership among the region’s State Arts Agencies and the nation’s Regional Arts Organizations. His belief in the importance of public-private partnerships and international cultural exchange was reflected in the programs he developed and fostered, including USArtists International, the French-American Jazz Exchange, Southern Exposure: Performing Arts of Latin America, and the Living Legacy Jazz Award. Cooper’s commitment to diverse artistic expression and belief in the arts as an agent of change made him a champion of artists, arts organizations, and audiences throughout his career. His impact will be felt for many years to come.

Established in 2017, the Alan Cooper Leadership in the Arts Award honors the legacy of an arts leader who has made outstanding contributions to the arts through extraordinary leadership. The Award seeks to recognize individuals who continue Cooper’s legacy of leadership in the arts sector.

To learn more, click here.

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.

* postings updated as of May 14, 2021

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