Dance/NYC Announces Its Tenth Annual Symposium

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February 22 and February 23 at Hunter College February 22 and February 23 at Hunter College

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Dance/NYC Hosts its Tenth Annual Symposium

Featuring Keynote Speakers Ana "Rokafella" Garcia, Ananya Chatterjea, Arthur Aviles, Ayodele Casel, Eva Yaa Asantewaa, Jaamil Olawale Kosoko, Jerron Herman, Marya Warshaw, Miguel Gutierrez, Raja Feather Kelly, and Professor Thomas F. DeFrantz

When: Friday, February 22, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Saturday, February 23, 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Where: Hunter College
695 Park Avenue, New York, NY, 10065

Tickets: $50 and up. To purchase, contact Dance/NYC at 212.966.4452
or visit Dance.NYC.

Media Contact: Hanna Stubblefield-Tave, 212.966.4452 x 3,

New York, NY (FOR RELEASE 02.08.19) — Dance/NYC, New York City's leading organization dedicated to promoting the knowledge, appreciation, practice, and performance of dance in the metropolitan area, today announced content for its tenth annual Symposium happening Friday, February 22 and Saturday, February 23, 2019, at Hunter College. This is the only gathering of its kind for dance leaders, makers, and supporters in the metropolitan New York City area. Hundreds will gather for panel discussions, case studies, interactive workshops, individual legal and management consultations, a networking lunch, and more. (Visit Dance.NYC for complete program.)

This year's Symposium will consider the role of New York dance artists and their creativity in a changing United States. It will invite participants to investigate topics of transformative justice, the role of youth in activism and social change, increasing dance education for a thriving workforce, and radical practice, among others, in the context of a changing political climate and following CreateNYC, the City of New York's first-ever cultural plan. “In a changing political climate, Dance/NYC reaffirms its core values of justice, equity, and inclusion and its mission to promote the knowledge, appreciation, practice, and performance of dance in the New York City metropolitan area,” says Alejandra Duque Cifuentes, Acting Executive Director of Dance/NYC. “Dance/NYC is committed to providing open forums to reveal and address the needs and opportunities of dance makers and cultural workers and continue to support the vitality of the field.” 

Curated in partnership with Dance/NYC's Symposium Programming Committee and guest curators, Remi Harris and Stephanie Acosta, the 2019 Symposium will begin on Friday evening with an opening keynote conversation on dance in a changing United States, with artist Ayodele Casel, Ananya Dance Theatre Founder and Artistic Director Ananya Chatterjea, and Full Circle Souljahs Managing Director Ana "Rokafella" Garcia, moderated by Professor Thomas F. DeFrantz. The conference will then continue on Saturday morning with a conversation on abstraction and multidisciplinary work in the dance world, with performer, writer, and visionary Jaamil Olawale Kosoko and dancer/choreographer Miguel Gutierrez, moderated by writer, curator, and cultural educator Eva Yaa Asantewaa.

Additional highlights include: a discussion of dance as “sanctuary” to create safe spaces for immigrant communities, with Sonia Guiñansaca, Managing Director of CultureStrike; a session on funding for social justice, with Brandi Stewart, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation Program Officer for the Arts, Edwin Torres, Grantmakers in the Arts President and CEO, and Tom Finkelpearl, Commissioner of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs; a conversation on trans and gender non-conforming dance artists, with artist Zavé Martohardjono; and more. Many leaders in dance education will serve as panelists, including but not limited to: Carol K. Walker, Chair of the Hunter College Dance department; Edisa Weeks, faculty at Queens College and director of DELIRIOUS DANCES; and Kathleen Isaac, Director of the Arnhold Graduate Dance Education Program. The Symposium will close on Saturday evening with a final keynote conversation on building a legacy in dance, moderated by Founding Executive and Artistic Director of Brooklyn Arts Exchange Marya Warshaw, with Artistic Director of BAAD! Arthur Aviles, Principal Dancer and Development Director of Heidi Latsky Dance Jerron Herman, and Artistic Director of the Feath3r Theory and New Brooklyn Theater Raja Feather Kelly.

About Dance/NYC
Dance/NYC's mission is to promote the knowledge, appreciation, practice, and performance of dance in the metropolitan New York City area. It embeds values of justice, equity, and inclusion into all aspects of the organization. It works in alliance with Dance/USA, the national service organization for professional dance. Dance.NYC

Leadership support is provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Howard Gilman Foundation. The Symposium is also supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council, from the New York State Council on the Arts, with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Dance/NYC Announces Its Tenth Annual Symposium

Dance/NYC Announces Its Tenth Annual Symposium

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Con Edison is Dance/NYC's 2019 Symposium Lead Corporate Sponsor.

Jody Gottfried Arnhold is Dance/NYC's 2019 Symposium Lead Dance Advocate. Subsidies for the dance education community are made possible by the Arnhold Foundation.

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