About: As part of a series of conversations at the intersection of disability and dance, Town Hall turns our attention to disability and its national synergies with dance. Judith Smith and Alice Sheppard will discuss some of the learnings of AXIS Dance Company's regional convenings, their experiences as artists and advocates in the field, perspectives on the other topics of the town halls, and pathways to a future where disabled artists flourish. This Town Hall will be moderated by DDA (Inter)national Voices Curator Simi Linton.

The series extends Dance/NYC's Disability. Dance. Artistry. initiative, which aims to advance professional development, and further the artistry of disabled dancers in integrated settings and in settings exclusively for disabled dancers. Each event pairs a New York City dance leader with an (inter)national guest working at this nexus. Our goal is to forge a place for disabled artists/artistry in New York's cultural ecosystem, a place where disabled artists can flourish. We invite you to work with us to create new places for disabled artists in NYC's cultural landscape. It also coincides with a national initiative and set of convenings across the United States undertaken by AXIS Dance Company with support from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and Dance/USA, the national service organization for professional dance. Dance/NYC works in alliance with Dance/USA.

In addition, Dance/NYC invites self-identified integrated dance makers to submit proposals to our Disability. Dance. Artistry. Fund for grants ranging from $15,000 to $30,000 to support production costs for integrated performance(s) in the New York City metropolitan area from January 2017 through March 2018. Proposals are due on October 25, 2016, at 6:00 p.m. EST,. For application details please the website.

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