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1st Annual Ballet Audition for Women of Color

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Ballet Symposium: Investigating Classical Archetypes in 2016

Saturday, September 24, 2016


Ballet Symposium

In January 2016, during  IABD’s 28th Annual International Conference and Festival in Denver, CO, fifteen (15) artistic directors from Ballet companies across the U.S. attended the 1st Annual Audition for Female Black Ballet Dancers and met with members of the Black Dance community. What transpired was an open and honest conversation about the lack of diversity in the field. There was an authentic desire to create understanding, and connection between the communities. All present committed to building relationships, and networks that will develop sustainable changes in the way Ballet looks in America. This full day Ballet Symposium will be an expansion of that conversation.

In addition to assessing the Ballet aesthetic, the symposium will delve into the importance of diversity in administration, faculty, and staff, hence members of the dance community (administrators, artistic, critics, dance professionals, dance writers, executive, program directors, school owners, and teachers, etc.) are encouraged to attend; all voices, experiences and perspectives are necessary. Participants are encouraged to engage and explore possible strategies for addressing challenges and promoting the most effective efforts that are central to the future development and growth of the Ballet world through continued dialogue and action steps.

When: Saturday, September 24, 2016, 9:00a.m - 6:00p.m.

Where: Howard University, Armour J. Blackburn University Center, 2397 6th Street, NW, Washington, DC  20059

Full Symposium Registration - $100

Artist Rate - $25 

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