Dance/NYC Junior Committee Application
Applications are due by 11:59pm on Monday, May 22, 2017
May 22 - Written Application Due Date
May 29 to June 9 - Second Round Interviews
June 19 - New Member Acceptance Notification
Who We Are
The Dance/NYC Junior Committee (JComm) is a proactive working committee of emerging leaders in the field. As a project of Dance/NYC, we initiate significant projects in research, advocacy, and career development while strengthening each member’s relationship to the dance community. JComm is an incubator for the next generation of dance leadership and serves as a catalyst for innovation and invention in the dance field. We generate ideas through dialogue and we move those ideas into action.
Serving a Multicultural City
JComm comprises up to 20 members, ages 21-30,* who represent various roles within the NYC dance community. In order to more effectively represent our peer group we are working to reflect our multicultural city within our own membership. Diverse perspectives are necessary to prepare a new generation of dance leadership for the difficult challenges facing the field. We use principles of community organizing as a framework for addressing how to meaningfully enact change around the issues we find most pressing. During our 2017-18 recruitment season we are actively seeking applicants who are dedicated to moving issues of equity and inclusion in dance from an ideological discussion into action. We encourage those who identify as ALAANA (African, Latina/o/x, Asian, Arab, and Native American), disabled, and/or LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer) to apply.
Your Time Commitment
The 2017/2018 term runs from June 2017 through July 2018. The committee meets the first and third Tuesday of each month from 6:30pm-8:30pm (schedule modifications are made when these dates fall on holidays). Members should expect to commit 8-12 hours per month for JComm: 4 hours of in-person meetings, and 4-8 hours of external activities and research.
JComm is involved with several projects during the year. In the 2016-17 term, these included internal professional development sessions, attending a weekend-long Undoing Racism workshop through the People's Institute for Survival and Beyond, organizing a panel during the Dance/NYC Symposium, and hosting a spring Town Hall discussion. Projects may vary from term to term. Members can expect to find a supportive network of peers in the dance field and enriching dialogue about dance in New York City through the lens of their cultural communities.
Why You Should Apply
Junior Committee members past and present have cited their years on the committee as inspiring as well beneficial — both personally and professionally. Here are just a few of the many highlights of service:
- Opportunities to present and facilitate panels or discussions at events such as the Dance/NYC Symposium, City Council hearings, and Junior Committee Town Halls.
- Participating in candid and stimulating discussions that move the dance field forward.
- Becoming a part of a networked group willing to share skills, resources, experience and contacts with one another.
*Please note: JComm does not accept applications from candidates who will be undergraduate students during their year on the Committee. If you are graduating in May, you are welcome to apply. JComm also does not accept applications from candidates who will turn 31 during their year of service.
If you have questions about the application process, please contact Margaret Tudor at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for your interest, and we’ll be in touch!