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2021 Digital Symposium


When:
Wednesday, March 17, 2021, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Wednesday, March 17, 2021, 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Thursday, March 18, 2021, 10:15 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Friday, March 19, 2021, 10:15 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 20, 2021, 10:15 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.
 

Where:
Whova Digital Conferencing Platform
 

Accessibility:
 
Sessions will include ASL interpretation and closed captions.


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Please note that this is a four-day event.
Registration covers all sessions and events over the course of four days.
Tickets are not sold for individual sessions or days and are non-refundable.
All sessions are hosted on the Whova Digital Conferencing Platform unless otherwise indicated.
Sessions will also be available post-symposium on the conference platform for those who register. 

 


2021 Symposium Schedule, Tracks and Features

Dance/NYC's 2021 Symposium will offer content tracks in alignment with its theme Justice. Transformation. Education. Confirmed sessions and speakers for the content tracks are included below and will be announced on a rolling basis. The Dance/NYC 2021 Symposium will include several new additions to the programming.

Thematic Guide Curators

Each track will be accompanied by a thematic guide to be included in this year’s digital program book curated by leading dance practitioners. These guides will feature a written essay, resource lists with related media, and reflection prompts providing deeper ways to explore the various topics to be unpacked during the Symposium.

2021 Thematic Guide Curators are:

  • Jonathan Gonzalez (Justice), Multidisciplinary Artist and Educator with City University of New York
  • Yanira Castro (Transformation), Independent Artist, a canary torsi
  • Maura Nguyen Donohue (Education), Associate Professor, Hunter College, City University of New York
     

 WEDNESDAY, MARCH 17, 2021 

TIME EVENT
 10:00a.m. 

 Legal Clinic, One-on-one consultations

1:00 p.m.

 SmART Bar, One-on-one consultations

6:00 p.m.

 Welcome and Keynote Address: Bodies on the Line, Spirits at the Center: Dance, Justice, and Transformation 

8:00 p.m.

 Virtual Welcoming Night Dance Party

 

THURSDAY, MARCH 18, 2021 

TIME  EVENT
10:15 a.m.

 Welcome & Wake-Up: Eva Yaa Asantewaa

10:30 a.m.

 Streets, Dance Halls and Living Rooms: Social Dance in Form, Function, and Practice

10:30 a.m.

 Dance to Abolition, Liberation, Decolonization, and Reparations

12:00 p.m.

 Lunch

1:00 p.m.

 Negotiations of Power in Commercial Cultural Practice

1:00 p.m.

 101 Workshop Series: Racial Justice, Know Your Rights, and Accessibility

2:30 p.m.

 Community Interaction: Debrief Session: Jonathan Gonzalez 

3:45 p.m.

 Dance Break | Protecting Your Peace

5:30 p.m.

 Keynote | Starting Again a System Built For Us

 

FRIDAY, MARCH 18, 2021 

TIME EVENT
10:15 a.m.

 Welcome & Wake-Up

10:30 a.m.

 Building Creative Spaces of Wellbeing and Accountability

10:30 a.m.

 The Future of the Funding Landscape: How Crisis Drives Change

12:00 p.m.

 Lunch

1:00 p.m.

 Safe Dancing For Pandemic Times and Beyond

1:00 p.m.

 Research Spotlight: Advocating for “Small-Budget” Dance Makers

2:00 p.m.

 Community Interaction: Debrief Session: Yanira Castro

3:45 p.m.

 Dance Break | Dark Room Ballet

5:30 p.m.

 Keynote: The Studio to Stage Pipeline: a Story of Racism, Tendus, and Black Death

 

SATURDAY, MARCH 20, 2021

TIME EVENT
 10:15a.m.  

 Welcome & Wake-Up: Ana "Rokafella" Garcia

10:30 a.m.

 Workshop Series: Planning, Fundraising and Resource-Building for Dance Artists

10:30 a.m.

 Workshop Series: Dance Education in Focus

12:00 p.m.

 Lunch

1:00 p.m.

 Workshop Series: Online Presence and Products for Movement Artists

1:00 p.m.

 Workshop Series: Tools for Digital Programming

1:00 p.m.

 Changing the DNA of the settler colonial state: Resisting the power of property within the archives

2:30 p.m.

 Community Interaction: Debrief Session: Maura Donohue

3:45 p.m.

 Dance Break | Resiliency Motions

5:30 p.m.

 Keynote: A Reckoning of Power, Accountability, and Gender Equity


 WEDNESDAY, MARCH 17, 2020

Skip To: 3/18 | 3/19 | 3/20
 

SmART Bar and Legal Clinic Consultations

Dance/NYC is partnering with cultural, financial, business, legal, and communications professionals to offer free one-one one consultations during this year’s digital Symposium. Symposium attendees will have the opportunity to seek support on a range of topics including but not limited to: board development, fundraising, copyright issues, artist visas, and marketing and communications. Consulting sessions will be 30 minutes in duration and will take place virtually. The 2021 SmART Bar and Legal Clinic is organized in collaboration with Pentacle and the New York State Bar Association's Entertainment, Arts & Sports Law and Intellectual Property Sections respectively. 

  • Legal Clinic (2hrs) 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
  • Smart Bar (2hrs) 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.

With the purchase of a ticket, SmartBar and Legal Clinic Consultations are included. Consultation appointments are limited and will be available on a first-come-first-serve basis. Stay tuned for more information on how to schedule your consultation appointment. 

Welcome and Keynote Address
Bodies on the Line, Spirits at the Center: Dance, Justice, and Transformation

The dance field has experienced tremendous distress this year. What does it mean to center somatic, energetic and spiritual alignment as our field shapeshifts to address its own imbalances and injustices? How can dance lead humanity through this moment?

Keynote Address Speaker:  
Dr. Aimee Meredith Cox
, Cultural Anthropologist, Director of Undergrad Studies; Associate Professor of Anthropology and Africa, Yale University

Virtual Dance Party 

Featuring
Frank Malloy IV aka DJ OLOBÈ, Musician, Composer, and DJ


THURSDAY, MARCH 18, 2021 

Justice Track

A series of discussions aimed at rooting out oppressive practices and historic marginalization in the dance field towards ensuring equitable opportunities and outcomes for more communities.

Skip To: 3/17 | 3/19 | 3/20
 

Welcome and Warm Up

Facilitated by: 
Eva Yaa Asantewaa, 
Senior Director of Artist Development & Curation; Editorial Director, Gibney
 

Streets, Dance Halls and Living Rooms:
Social Dance in form, function, and practice

As physical distancing is one of the imposing paradigms of our pandemic experience, and dancing in indoor studios is not a given we are reminded that many dance forms birthed in communities of color have been solving issues of interaction in what we are now considering as alternative space. In this session we focus on social dances, the roles they have played in other key moments in history and the lessons to be learnt from these practices today. We will also discuss the barriers these forms and their practitioners have faced to be included in the ‘dance world’ (the recognition, resources and comradery that it often offers) and how race and ethnicity affects this experience.

Featured Speakers:

  • Rodney Lopez, Principal, Rodney Eric Lopez Enterprises (moderator) 
  • Michael Manswell, Choreographer and Teaching Artist, Something Positive, Inc.
  • Nicole Macotsis, Cultural Worker and Founder of Traditions in Motion
  • Joti Singh, Artistic Director, Duniya Dance and Drum Company  
     

Dance to Abolition, Liberation, Decolonization, and Reparations

The social justice uprisings of 2020 have brought many justice-related movements into greater popular discourse and consideration. What do these concepts and many more  mean individually and how do they relate to our work in the dance field? This session will take a deeper look, giving us an entry point to action in conversation with artists. 

Featured Speakers:

  • Abou Farman, Assistant Professor, New School; New Sanctuary Movement, Artspace Sanctuary; Immigrants. Dance. Arts. Task Force Member, Dance/NYC (moderator)
  • Christina Dawkins, Founder of A4Abolitionist
  • Jonathan González, Multidisciplinary Artist and Educator with City University of New York
  • Iakowi:he'ne' Oakes, Executive Director of American Indian Community House
     

Negotiations of Power in Commercial Cultural Practice

How do we redefine how power is shared when it comes to commercialized dance forms that have been historically marginalized, othered, exoticized and appropriated. Four artists share their experiences and offer ways power can be redistributed to acknowledge lineage, community ownership and address material inequity. 

Featured Speakers: 

  • Michele Byrd-McPhee, Founder and Executive Director of Ladies of Hip Hop Festival (moderator)
  • Anahid Sofian, Executive Director, Anahid Sofian Studio 
  • Cesar Valentino, Vogue Dance Icon and Pioneer
  • JaQuel Knight, Director, Creative Director, Choreographer, Image Architect 
  • Nelida Tirado, Artistic Director and Teacher of Nelida Tirado Flamenco 
     

101 Workshop Series: Racial Justice, Know Your Rights, and Accessibility

This group of mini-workshops will offer a basic introduction to addressing accessibility for disabled people, immigrant safety and racial justice in your programming.   

Featured Facilitators: 

  • Dustin Gibson, Founding Member, Harriet Tubman Collective
  • Luba Cortés, Immigrant Defense Coordinator, Make the Road New York
  • Nijeul X. Porter, Board Member, artEquity

 

Dance Breaks
Keeping dance at the center of it all, there will be 30 mins daily dance breaks to invigorate, educate, and connect Symposium participants.

Protecting Your Peace
This dance session will take a moment to stop ingesting trigger inducing media to focus on creating your inner sanctuary. Come dressed in your comfiest garments, prepare your space in a way that brings you calm, and be ready to get grounded with the most important person in your life...You. 

Facilitator:

  • DHQ Brat, Choreographer, Dancer, Teacher, Co-Founder of Queen Moves

 

Keynote
Starting Again: A System Built for Us

How do we build a world where dance and movement are the building blocks and where Black, Indigenous, people of color artists and disabled artists are centered and supported and where ableism is dismantled? What is the origin story of that world and how do we enact it in this present? What would have to change structurally for dance work to be understood and resourced to actually thrive? 

Featured Speakers: 

  • Ni'Ja Whitson, Interdisciplinary Artist (moderator) 
  • Ahimsa Timoteo Bodhran, Multimedia artist, poet
  • Claudia Norman, Producer, Celebrate Mexico Now Festival; Co Founder, The Generators
  • Kevin Gotkin, Co-Founder of the Disability/Arts/NYC Task Force and Visiting Assistant Professor, NYU  
  • Linda Kuo, Director, Dancers Unlimited
  • Perel, Interdisciplinary Artist, Choreographer and Writer 

FRIDAY, MARCH 19, 2021

Transformation Track

A series of sessions aimed at inspiring change at the individual, organizational and field-wide level, incorporating the justice related learnings into dance practice, coalition building and policy change.

Skip To: 3/17 | 3/18 | 3/20
 

Building Creative Spaces of Wellbeing and Accountability

This session will unpack power dynamics within creative processes and offer tools to honor the humanity and physical and psychological safety of participants. Prepare to explore ways to manage conflict, create and honor boundaries and ensure accountability.

Facilitated by:

  • Sydnie Mosley, Artistic Director, Sydnie L. Mosley Dances
  • Yo-Yo Lin, Interdisciplinary media artist 

 

The Future of the Funding Landscape: How Crisis Drives Change

A series of mini-conversations with funders and organizers that unpack how the COVID-19 pandemic and the social justice uprisings of 2020 have changed the current and future landscape of arts philanthropy, funding practices, and mutual aid.

Featured Speakers: 

  • Alejandra Duque Cifuentes, Executive Director of Dance/NYC
  • Deana Haggag, President and CEO, United States Artists
  • Denise Saunders Thompson, President and CEO, The International Association of Blacks in Dance
  • Emil Kang, Program Director for Arts and Culture, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
  • J. Bouey, The Dance Union
  • Kerry McCarthy, Vice President for Philanthropic Initiatives, The New York Community Trust
  • Laura Aden Packer, Executive Director, The Howard Gilman Foundation
  • Ximena Garnica, Cultural Solidarity Fund

 

Safe Dancing For Pandemic Times and Beyond

This session will dive into health and safety practices for dance with respect to the COVID-19 pandemic with consideration for the ways this crisis is requiring more thoughtful practices across the dance field.

Facilitated by:

  • Antuan Byers, Dancer, Movement Director, Founder / CEO, Black Dance Change Makers
  • Carol Foster, Special Programs Assistant for the International Association of Blacks in Dance (IABD)
  • Dr. Julia Iafrate, Sports Medicine Specialist
  • Pavan Thimmaiah, Director, PMT Dance Studio

 

Research Spotlight: Advocating for “Small-Budget” Dance Makers

This session will unpack Dance/NYC’s recently released report which seeks to define the characteristics of small-budget dance entities and offer recommendations to better support this large swath of dance makers best poised to lead much needed transformation across the ecology. 

Featured Speaker: 

  • Stephanie Acosta, Multidisciplinary Artist (moderator)
  • April Biggs, Independent Dance Artist, Choreographer, Teacher, Performer
  • Carrie Blake, Senior Consultant & Research Director 
  • Greg Youdan, Research & Advocacy Coordinator at Dance/NYC
  • Tiffany Rea-Fisher, Artistic Director & Choreographer, Elisa Monte Dance
  • Ximena Garnica, Artistic Co-Director, LEIMAY

 

Dance Breaks

Keeping dance at the center of it all, there will be 30 mins daily dance breaks to invigorate, educate, and connect Symposium participants.

Dark Room Ballet
A class designed for blind and visually impaired dancers to explore new boundaries of movement and expression focusing on building directional hearing, internally-based balance, and foot sensitivity. No prior dance experience is required. 

Facilitator:

  • Krishna Washburn, Artistic Director of The Dark Room Ballet

 

Keynote
The Studio to Stage Pipeline: a Story of Racism, Tendus, and Black death

In a dance world where studio training and professionalism are largely undergirded by eurocentric ideals and aesthetics despite genre, these invisible practices are part of a fabric that creates the conditions for ongoing violence against Black people. How do we reveal white supremacy’s invisible role in studio practice and dominant dance culture and offer a pathway to anti-racist pedagogies?

Featured Speakers: 

  • Gregory King, Assistant Professor of Dance at Kent State University (moderator)
  • Davalois Fearon, Founder/Executive and Artistic Director of Davalois Fearon Dance
  • Jesse Phillips-Fein, Choreographer, performer, and dance educator
  • Maura Nguyen Donohue, Associate Professor, Hunter College, City University of New York 
  • Melanie George, Dance Project & Associate Curator at Jacob's Pillow

SATURDAY, MARCH 20, 2021

Education Track

A series of sessions aimed at providing business of dance and dance education tools, strengthening the dance field’s capacity to deliver dance equitably to various audiences and communities.

Skip To: 3/17 | 3/18 | 3/19
 

Welcome and Warm Up

Facilitated by: 
Ana "Rokafella" Garcia
, Managing Director, Full Circle Souljahs
 

Workshop Series: Planning, Fundraising and Resource-Building for Dance Artists

This mini workshop series features experts who utilize a range of fundraising and resource building strategies, from crowdfunding to managing PPP and relief resources. Curated by Ali Rosa-Salas, Director of Programming, Abrons Arts Center/Henry Street Settlement. 
  
Workshops and Facilitators: 

  • Putting Your Vision Into Your FinancesAshley Denae Hannah, Financial Literacy Educator & Advocate, Dance Artist 
  • Crowdfunding StrategiesJessica Massart, Management and Marketing Professional
  • Navigating the Grant Application ProcessLauren Slone, Director of Grants + Research, Map Fund

 

Workshop Series: Dance Education in Focus 

A series of mini-workshops providing support to teaching artists and dance educators to manage the challenges of a rapidly changing environment for instruction.  

Workshops and Facilitators: 

  • Disability Artistry in the Classroom; Douglas Scott, Artistic and Executive Director, Full Radius Dance
  • Technology Tools for Dance TeachersOlivia Mode-Cater, Founder and CEO, Dance Ed Tips
  • Social and Emotional Learning Strategies for Dance EducatorsDr. Renee Ortega, Dance/Movement Therapist and Occupational Therapy Assistant

 

Workshop Series: Online Presence and Products for Movement Artists

This mini workshop series provides tips on creating, marketing and selling dance content. 

Facilitated by:   

  • Jamie Benson, Marketing Consultant 
  • Krista Martins, Choreographer, Founder of Wukkout!®
  • Mariclare Hulbert, Marketing Liaison, Kinetic Light and Founder, Mariclare Hulbert Consulting

 

Workshop Series: Tools for Digital Programming

Producers and specialists share strategies for producing digital content covering issues of copyright, video production and live streaming.  

Featured Speakers: 

  • Nel Shelby, Founder and Principal of Nel Shelby Productions
  • Laurel Lawson, Choreographer, dancer, and designer
  • Jeffrey Guimon, Music Administrator, New York City Ballet
  • Romola Lucas, Principal, Law Office of Romola O. Lucas

 

Changing the DNA of the settler colonial state: Resisting the power of property within the archives

This session intends to exchange and coordinate strategies from practitioners in the fields of education, arts, archives, and data sovereignty. Our conversation will focus on the ways archives can embody change and be indigenized to reframe stories about what dance is, where it comes from, and what canon is/can be.  We will examine/interrogate how intellectual property law exists inequitably in relationship with knowledge, property and power.

Featured Speakers: 

  • Colette Denali Montoya-Sloan, Archivist/Librarian, Adelphi University’s Manhattan Center and CUNY’s Guttman Community College
  • Emily Johnson, Choreographer, Director, Guggenheim Fellow
  • Jane Anderson, Associate Professor of Anthropology and Museum Studies, New York University
  • Nicole Wallace, Writer, Managing Director, The Poetry Project

 

Dance Break
Keeping dance at the center of it all, there will be 30 mins daily dance breaks to invigorate, educate, and connect Symposium participants.

Resiliency Motions
Let's meditate, visualize, and move together to tap into resiliency, free-ness, and our bodies' wisdom. Prompts and frameworks offer re/connection to the body as a starting point for transformation drawing from a queer BIPOC legacy of thought and practices that center erotic power and anti-colonial wisdom of the body as nature.

Facilitator:

  • Zavé Martohardjono, Multidisciplinary dance and performance artist

 

Keynote
A Reckoning of Power, Accountability, and Gender Equity 

The dance world has undergone a major reckoning, revealing how rampant abuses of power, sexual misconduct and gender stereotyping have continued to undermine artists' workplaces and their sense of safety and belonging. This panel will address current events in New York City dance, pointing to underlying oppressive systems and the ways artists are advocating for change. Original Session Curator: Ali Rosa-Salas, Director of Programming, Abrons Arts Center/Henry Street Settlement 

Featured Speakers:

  • Lauren Wingenroth, Editor in Chief, Dance Teacher and Dance Business Weekly, Senior Consulting Editor, Dance Magazine (moderator)
  • Germaul Barnes, Choreographer, Director of Viewsic Dance, Curator of Contemporary Improvisation for Black Men
  • Lady Krow, Dancer and Visual Artist
  • Leslie Scott, Founder Youth Protection Advocates in Dance (YPAD)
  • LINDA LA, Multidisciplinary Performer

Dance/NYC seeks partners and speakers with a variety of viewpoints for its events with the goal of generating discussion. The inclusion of any partner or speaker does not constitute an endorsement by Dance/NYC of that partner's or speaker's views.


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