Disability, Dance, Artistry

Dance/NYC as part of their Disability, Dance, Artistry initiative, has produced a series of conversations around the intersectionalities of disability and dance. Last week’s discussion was the second of the series on the topic of Disability, Race, and the Practice of Dance. Here Dr. Carrie Sandahl and Dr. Aimee Meredith Cox, moderated by Alice Sheppard,...

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Value of Traditional Dance in the Classroom

Schools are now in full swing and we are in the midst of celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month Sept 15-Oct 15). It can be easy to just make a bulletin board and decorate it, or talk about a famous and important figure of Hispanic descent with your students each week. However, it might be more fun and meaningful to have them learn about different traditional dance...

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National Arts Education Week

Did you know that arts education has a week dedicated to celebrating the impact of creativity in learning? This week (Sept. 11-17) is National Arts in Education Week, created with the goal of raising awareness and advocating about the values of arts in education programs. Let’s face it folks, the numbers don’t lie. Research has continually shown the positive...

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Fall Dance Events 2016

Now that Labor Day has come and gone, kids are heading back to school, and the long holiday weekend festivities have ended, many say summer is over. However, just because one season is quickly coming to a close, doesn’t mean that the fall isn’t full of exciting dance events! Here is a list of just a few dance events that I personally am looking forward to:...

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New York State Strategic Arts Education Plan

What an exciting time for arts education! New York State is in the process of developing a new strategic arts education plan, which they have recently released the draft of entitled: New York State (NYS) Statewide Strategic Plan for the Arts. This will serve as a guide to advance the NYS P-12 Dance, Music, Theatre, Visual and Media Arts Learning Standards. This...

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Need for Diverse Arts Leaders

Often times, when you look at the staffing of an arts organization, or most companies while I’m at it, senior and executive staff tends to be White while junior and maintenance staff tends to be people of color. Companies and organizations say they have a diverse staff, but I ask you to take a closer look at the staffing make up and see who are making the...

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Restructuring the Architecture of Funding in the Arts

I am personally finding this to be a very interesting time to be in the arts field. I find it to be quite exciting actually. People are starting to have more conversations on diversity and equity in the arts. And not only conversations, but some action behind the talking. We have gotten to the point where people are acknowledging the lack of diversity and are...

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Beacon of Hope

If you have been watching the news or reading things on social media, you may be just a ball of different kinds of emotions. I have been sad, inspired, angry, confused, worried, scared, disappointed, and just wondering how did we get here. It’s been crazy what has been happening over the past few weeks and the tragedy that has come. Everything from the Orlando...

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Being Black in Ballet

This week, I had the honor and privilege to attend a panel discussion. Moderated by cultural historian Brenda Dixon Gottschild and an esteemed panel of African American female dance phenoms Francesca Harper, Theresa Howard, Christina Johnson, and Joan Myers Brown discussed their stories about being black in ballet. It was truly amazing to hear each of their...

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Arts in Medicine

Last week, I had the wonderful opportunity to attend the 2016 Americans for the Arts Annual Convention in Boston, MA. What a great experience! Just being in the presence of such amazing people and leaders in the field was so valuable. This year had a common thread of using the term “Arts and…” to describe the many different ways the arts can work with others...

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