Dance/USA hosts its 6th annual conference

Norma Porter

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Minneapolis, Mn. – Dance/USA, the national service organization for professional dance, is hosting its 6th annual conference in Minneapolis, Mn. from Wed., June 18 – Sat., June 21.

The four-day conference will provide professional dancers with a plethora of industry-related resources in the form of workshops, panel discussions and a performance series. Most of the conference’s events will be held at the Cowles Center for Dance and the Performing Arts and the Northrop at the University of Minnesota.

Cecily Sommers is the Opening Plenary speaker for the Dance/USA Conference this year. Courtesy Photo.

Cecily Sommers is the Opening Plenary speaker for the Dance/USA Conference this year. Courtesy Photo.

Cecily Sommers, global trends analyst, dancer and author of Think Like a Futurist: Know What Changes, What Doesn’t, and What’s Next, will be the Opening Plenary speaker for the conference.

According to the Conference website, Sommers will discuss “themes of reinvention and change at the 2014 Opening Plenary, including trends affecting arts organizations, new modes and models for delivering the dance experience, finding new sources of revenue, business as a creative endeavor, and much more”.

The conference will also feature breakout sessions on topics such as the “State of the Working Dancer”, “The Hard Work & Commitment of Attaining Authentic Diversity, and New Perspectives Through Psychology on How to Help You Start Your Journey, Part I and II” and “Video Digitization and Dance Preservation”, according to the Conference schedule.

Dance/USA will also present awards to Liz Lerman and D. David Brown.

Liz Lerman, founder of the Liz Lerman Dance Exchange, will receive the Dance/USA Honor Award. D. David Brown, the  Executive Director of Pacific Northwest Ballet, will receive the Dance/USA Ernie Award.

“Liz and D. David are extraordinary leaders who have made a tremendous impact on our field,” said Dance/USA Executive Director Amy Fitterer.

“Both have received numerous accolades, but there is nothing so special as being recognized by your peers for truly outstanding work. These awards are special because they are unique and competitive; the Dance/USA membership singled out these individuals for recognition and we look forward to celebrating their accomplishments this June in Minneapolis,” Fitterer said.

To learn more how to register for the Dance/USA 2014 Conference, click here.





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