General Audiences

Walker Recipe 1: Opening Night Reception
The Walker's Thursday night receptions provide audiences intimate, interactive, one-on-one access to artists. These receptions differ from the post-show Q&As, where the audience does not typicall...
Walker Recipe 2: Post Show Q & A
Every Friday night after a dance performance at the Walker, the artists return to the stage after their curtain call for an interactive question and answer session with either a member of the Walke...
Walker Recipe 3: SpeakEasy
SpeakEasys are informal gatherings after our Saturday-night dance performances where audience members can discuss a performance together in a non-intimidating bar setting.The interactive conversati...
Walker Recipe 4: Talk Dance Podcasts
Talk Dance podcasts are audio interviews between a selected artist (or our curator) and the Talk Dance host, a local choreographer. A choreographer was hired to schedule, host, record, and edit a f...
Walker Recipe 5: Video Interviews
Video interviews with artists are archived on the Walker Channel and are available to stream or download. Our videotaped interviews usually take the form of curatorial conversations between visitin...
Walker Recipe 6: Dance Trailers
Dance trailers mix excerpts from the Walker’s video interviews with performance footage to create short, promotional videos about a specific work. The existing interview and performance documentati...
Walker Recipe 7: Walker Dance Commissions on Archive
Basic information about dance commissions throughout our presenting history are archived online on the Walker website. Rudimentary “tombstone” information, with a photo and links to blogs and/or a ...
Walker Recipe 8: Talking Dance Lectures
The Walker's Talking Dance lectures are conversations led by a facilitator, open to the public, where choreographers/dance artists speak about their work, in dialogue with a scholar or expert staff...
Walker Recipe 9: Dance Blogs
The Walker's performing arts blog provides contextual and promotional information about Walker dance shows. The blog serves as an immediate communication platform tool to get the word out about beh...
Walker Recipe 10: A Think & A Drink
A Think & A Drink is a social gathering for a self-selected group of Walker members after gallery hours that involves a guided exhibition tour pre-performance. Most often these events link exhibiti...
Walker Recipe 11: Ticket Buyer Emails
Targeted Ticket Buyer emails provide information, either immediately after the audience members bought tickets to a dance show or after they attended the performance. Pre-show emails include links ...
Walker Recipe 12: Program Notes
For every dance show, we have paper programs that give cast and crew information, and often biographies and statements of the artists involved that audience members can reference pre-performance to...
I Speak Dance
ODC, based in San Francisco, has developed I Speak Dance to introduce 18-25 year old college students to the world of dance. It aims to cultivate fluency and life-long interest in dance among a you...
On the Boards
OntheBoards.tv (OtBtv), is first-of-its-kind website offering high quality full-length videos of contemporary performances, through both streaming and download, via a range of fee-based options. I...
SLAM Remote
As background, dance companies are beginning to stream live performances to reach more audiences. While streaming captures the visual aspects of a dance performance, it fails to portray other impor...
Opening Acts
The Cowles Center and its consortium partners (ARENA Dances, Black Label Movement, James Sewell Ballet, Minnesota Dance Theatre, Ragamala Dance, Stuart Pimsler Dance and Theater, Zenon Dance Compan...
Dance Up Close: The Dance Enthusiast
Dance Up Close is a web-based project designed to reveal the choreographic process to an online audience. We go behind the scenes to show artists as people our audiences can relate to, rather than ...
The X-Process: Post Your Thoughts: BalletX
During the course of each BalletX performance series, audiences are encouraged to respond to two prompts on a communal bulletin board in the theater lobby. These prompts have included: "Tell us wha...
The X-Process: Conversations with the Artists : BalletX
Conversations with the Artists is a pre-show Q&A discussion with BalletX’s guest choreographers and artistic directors that is moderated by a leading dance critic. As an outsider to BalletX, the da...
Dance: A Moving Canvas: Audience Architects
Moving Canvas is a highlight component of our EDA programming, and take place four times per year in the Chicago Artist Coalition art gallery. Moving Canvas events cross pollinate and engage dance ...
Dance Is...What YOU Make of It: Audience Architects
This 14-part video series is intended to teach / show new dance audiences how to view / watch dance, and demonstrate some of the ways that people, especially non-dance audiences, think and talk abo...
Field Guide to Dance: Portland Institute for Contemporary Art (PICA)
Field Guide to Dance is a public engagement and education program encompassing a series of pre-performance workshops and post-performance downloads that aim to increase comfort with and confidence ...
Metro STEP: Supplying a Team Engagement Process: Pentacle
Pentacle’s unique position as a not-for-profit organization that represents dance companies in the marketplace has allowed it to explore creative and outside-the-box ways for presenters and artists...
AXIS Explored: AXIS Dance Company
AXIS Explored is a selection of targeted engagement opportunities surrounding the creation and presentation of our work. For an $80 subscription, AXIS Explorers gained admittance to the following a...
Pop Up SLAM : STREB Inc.
Pop Up SLAM, a mechanism to transmute the spirit, essence and action landscape of SLAM into roving, adaptable action zones which can occupy a myriad of public spaces -- parks, vacant lots, parking ...
RISKY TALKING: STREB Inc.
RISKY TALKING, a platform for investigating the possibilities and impact of dance as seen through the prisms of politics, urban development, cultural history, architecture, engineering, design, med...
GETTING CLOSER TO DANCE: Your Dance Score: The Joyce Theater
Two workshops for up to 15 participants are led by TAs. The workshop opened with a continental breakfast and refreshments. In each workshop participants explore and work with the material of dance...
GETTING CLOSER TO DANCE: Going to the Dance; and That's a Rap: The Joyce Theater
GETTING CLOSER TO DANCE: Going to the Dance; and That’s A Rap are performance events followed by facilitated discussions. They are part of a series of three interrelated activities providing audie...
Make Dance Stick With You (MDSWY): DANCECleveland
Make Dance Stick With you is an audience engagement program focused on being a catalyst to ignite conversation during and after a performance. Each audience member receives a sticky note attached t...
Input/Output: Stephen Petronio Company
Input / Output is conceived as a dynamic, ever-evolving interactive hub for all past, present and future constituents of the extended Petronio universe. Social media capabilities are embedded throu...
You Can Dance: University Musical Society (UMS)
UMS contracts with a dancer or choreographer from the visiting company to lead a community workshop. The workshop is usually held one or two days before the opening of the performance. Part of the...
CONGREGATED CHATS: Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre
CONGREGATED CHATS are organized remote audience events, or ‘engaged viewing parties,’ where participating individuals experience the Q&A during the live stream of a performance. The simultaneity of...
Creating a Dance Advance Team: DANCECleveland
Who: The Dance Advance Team is a group of dancers, dance educators and choreographers who acted as ambassadors to explore new ways of communicating with dance novices about live performance, primar...
“Seeing Dance, Talking Dance”: Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
In 2013 Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival launched “Seeing Dance, Talking Dance”, a multiple touch point initiative designed to stimulate and support meaningful peer-to-peer conversations among audienc...
DanceLink Fellowship Program: Wesleyan University Center for the Arts
Wesleyan students interned with three professional dance companies during the summer, and then served as ambassadors for the companies when they were presented on campus during the 2013–2014 Breaki...
Black Girl Spectrum (BGS): Camille A Brown and Dancers
Founded in 2014, Black Girl Spectrum (BGS) is a multi-faceted community engagement initiative that explores the spectrum of identities among Black girls and women while working to create safe space...
Audience Engagement During Dance Presenting Series: Dance Center of Columbia College
Our goals with the EDA grant revolved primarily around building and sustaining relationships with communities and artists of color. We have a long history of diverse programming, but embracing thi...
AXIS Dance Company Disability Arts Residency: Ware Center
This multi-faceted residency begin with a free 11/20 evening screening of the documentary film INVITATION TO DANCE which features the AXIS company. Filmmaker Simi Linton joined the AXIS dancers an...
Classically Black Salons: 651 ARTS
Our Salon Series was held in intimate venue with a capacity of 50 people or less. In addition to the Museum of Contemporary African Diaspora Arts space, we held one event in a private home. The spa...
Stomping Grounds: Chicago Human Rhythm Project
The 2016 Stomping Grounds festival featured six dance/drumming companies (American tap, African, Asian, Irish, Mexican, Spanish) in performance, education, and outreach events. For each of six free...
Tap Treasures: American Tap Dance Foundation
“Tap Treasures” takes place during Tap City, the annual New York City Tap Festival. It provides opportunities for participants to learn about and experience Tap’s history in its birthplace, New Yor...
Community Choreographic Laboratories (“Labs”)
: CONTRA TIEMPO
When Lab participants arrive on site, the Artistic Director (serving in the capacity as facilitator) introduces the company and gives a brief history of our work and what we’ll be doing in the sess...
Community Renewal Event: FirstWorks
FirstWorks Community Renewal Events involve food, conversation, and a series of short performances center around a dance and offered in the spirit of a gift. Doors open at 5:30PM; dinner starts at...
Engagement Program: Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
The Pillow’s Audience Engagement Program offers extensive opportunities for audiences – a notable portion of which are introduced to dance for the first time here – as well as long-time dance lover...
FishEyes: Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre
While The Fish is in residence, Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre teaching artists lead site-specific dance workshops for neighborhood participants or local dance groups. During each workshop, the teachi...
Written in Water: Ragamala Dance Company
Ragamala presented a series of engagement activities leading up to our work, Written in Water. At each activity, attendees played the 2nd century Indian board game of Paramapadam, a central inspira...
Community Discussion and Wood Burning Workshops: Holly Bass|360
Holly Bass|360 hosted a series of workshops leading up to her RACE: Talc & Ash performance on July 10, 2016. At the workshops, long-time DC residents and newer residents met to discuss the changes ...
RACE: Talc & Ash Tailgate Party: Holly Bass|360
The RACE: Talc & Ash Tailgate party is modeled after traditional tailgate parties before sporting events, with the dance performance serving as the sporting event. The Tailgate Party is organized o...
Samba in the Streets
Samba in the Streets (SITS) Viver Brasil’s (VB) community engagement program, provides free Afro-Brazilian dance, music and song workshops to youth and adults. Throughout the program’s life, more t...
Red Hook Fest Residency Program: Hook Arts Media, Inc. formerly Dance Theatre Etcetera
Our EDA program consisted of three dance residencies at three local nonprofit organizations. At each site Dance Instigators ( Hook Arts Media dance artists- Rajonna Lewis, Brittany Smith and two da...
Dance for Social Change (DSC) Day of Action (A Block Party With A Purpose): Dancing Grounds
We host the Day of Action / St. Claude Festival prior to the DSC performance premiere, where our teen dance company presents original work about a social justice theme they have selected. The goal...
Undesirable Element: Ping Chong & Company
Undesirable Elements is an ongoing series of community-specific interview-based theater works examining issues of culture and identity of individuals who are outsiders within their mainstream commu...
Stories in Motion: Community Celebration Gatherings: Alabama Dance Council
The community gathering event needs to have a theme or purpose that shapes the community gathering content. In Alabama, we are celebrating different cultural perspectives and genres in dance using ...
Generations Positive: Sean Dorsey Dance
Sean Dorsey Dance conducts our community engagement program Generations Positive as we tour and perform our full-evening work THE MISSING GENERATION. THE MISSING GENERATION gives voice to transg...
Disability. Dance. Artistry.: Dance/NYC
The Disability. Dance. Artistry. Initiative aims to advance inclusion and access to the art form for disabled people. As a part of the initiative, Dance/NYC administered the Disability. Dance. Arti...
Trans-Atlantic Time Traveling Company: Holly Bass|360
Our audience engagement is integrated into the performances, which took place most recently July 2018. In addition to the performance, my company also offers year-round art programming at a juvenil...
Hair & Other Stories - Audience Engaged Version: Urban Bush Women
UBW conducted pre-engagement site visits with presenters and held meetings with local artists and community organizations weeks before the performance. For the Audience Engaged version of H&OS at t...
Cultural Scripts Round 2: Heritage Works
Cultural Scripts, a Heritage Works’ project of dance and dialogue, engages the people of metro Detroit in the exploration of cultural traditions, normalcy, identity, and empowerment via cultural tr...
Sabor Sessions: CONTRA TIEMPO
For Sabor Sessions: Two teaching artists introduce themselves and engage participants in a series of call-and-response warm up games. Then the teaching artists begin introducing the history and bas...
Art Forward: Cleo Parker Robinson Dance
All too often, our media devices alert our attention to calamities or tragedies of varying degrees. In many cases, our humanity is moved to respond or reacts to these events with the intention to...
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