(See presenter biographies by clicking on their names)
November 21, 2020
2:00pm-3:15pm Eastern Time
Sydnie L. Mosley
and Allegra Romita
Sydnie L. Mosley is an artist-activist and educator who produces experiential dance works with her collective SLMDances. The collective works in communities to organize for gender and racial justice. Sydnie was recognized by NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio for using her talents in dance to fuel social change. Sydnie is part of the Bessie Award winning cast of the skeleton architecture, the future of our worlds, curated by Eva Yaa Asantewaa. Other recognitions: LMCC Creative Engagement Grant, The Field Leadership Fund, CUNY Dance Initiative, Dancing While Black Artist Fellowship, The Performance Project @ University Settlement, Create Change Fellowship with The Laundromat Project, the Gibney Dance Institute for Community Action Training, and the inaugural Barnard Center for Research on Women Alumnae Fellow. She earned her MFA from the University of Iowa and BA from Barnard College. Sydnie danced with Christal Brown's INSPIRIT. Sydnie sits on the Advisory Committee to Dance/NYC.
Allegra Romita (MA, EdM, CMA) is the Program Administrator in the Dance Education program at NYU Steinhardt. Allegra is co-creator of Functional Awareness: Anatomy in Action. Together, she co-authored Functional Awareness: Anatomy in Action for Dancers and Functional Awareness and Yoga: An Anatomical Guide to the Body in Reflective Practice. She has presented on the Functional Awareness approach worldwide from New York City to San Diego, from Florence Italy to Hong Kong China. She has presented her research at ACDA, NDEO, IADMS, and the Somatics and Dance Conference. Allegra graduated from the University of Michigan with a BFA in Dance and a minor in Movement Science. She received an MA in Dance Education from NYU Steinhardt and an EdM in Motor Learning and Control from Teachers College, Columbia University. Allegra is Artistic Visioning Partner of Sydnie L. Mosley Dances. Allegra is a certified yoga teacher and teaches at BYP and Heatwise in Brooklyn, NY.
Discussions on Anti-Racist Practices in Dance and Dance Education
This session will explore tools for developing anti-racist practices and creating dance work that problem-solves social justice issues. The presenters will share practices in and facilitate discussion on decolonizing dance and dance education. If our bodies are vehicles that help us move through the world, then we must agree that our bodies are the first to bear the marks of privilege, oppression, subordination, superiority, and ultimately, power, that society imposes on us. The discussion will tackle the following questions: What is our future body? How do the freedom tools we have identified as radical ways of being and regenerating, lead us to this future body? The presenters will share who SLMDances is, what they do and how they do it. Sydnie L. Mosley Dances (SLMDances) is a New York City-based dance-theater collective that works in communities to organize for gender and racial justice through experiential dance performance. SLMDances' works engage audiences in the artistic process; our dances provoke a visceral reaction to the physicality on stage, and incite conversation toward community action. Using Mosley’s collaboratively-devised choreographies CAKE and PURPLE as examples that deal with respectability politics and women in community, respectively, we will consider how anti-racist practices can activate us to be constructive and create. The presenters will offer ways in which they are learning to decolonize their own teaching practices across age groups from toddler to elder and learning space from community center to university.
3:30pm-4:45pm Eastern Time
and Jennifer Eberhardt
Kathleen Leary is originally from Omaha, NE, and is embarking on a second career as an informal educator after her successful first as a costume designer for theater, dance, and film. Kathleen began her journey as a dance educator four years ago when she was hired as the Dance Education Coordinator of the Jerome Robbins Dance Division at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts. She loves creating dynamic tours, interactive games, and thoughtful discussions so that particularly K-12 audiences share in her excitement for dance history. When she is not empowering students through an arts-based curriculum, she loves exploring NYC.
Jennifer Eberhardt is the Special Collections Librarian for the Jerome Robbins Dance Division at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts. She holds advanced degrees in library science (archives specialization) and music history. At the Dance Division, her work focuses on helping researchers in the Special Collections Reading Room, exhibitions, outreach, & preservation.
Resources at the Jerome Robbins Dance Division at the Library for the Performing Arts
This presentation outlines materials that are available online at the Jerome Robbins Dance Division of the New York Public Library with and without a library card. Teachers will learn about the history of the Division, and how they can schedule a virtual visit with a Dance Division staff member during this year
*SAVE THE DATE*
Past Virtual Mini Conference Sessions
September 26, 2020
2:00pm-3:15pm Eastern Time
Olivia Mode-Cater, EdM. is a veteran dance educator with experience in all teaching settings: higher education, PK-12 schools, and private studios. Olivia served as the Director of Dance Education at Hofstra University for 2 years. During that time, Hofstra's dance education program was recognized as one of the Top 30 Dance Programs in the US for their high quality dance teacher preparation training. Olivia has also created two Pk-12 dance programs in NJ and presented on dance education at national and regional conferences. She also has been published in Dance Studio Life Magazine and on Dance-Teacher.com. Lastly, she is the Founder and CEO of Dance ED Tips, a company that creates resources and online courses for dance teachers. Dance ED Tips has supported over 1,500 dance teachers around the world. It was ranked the #2 dance teacher website to follow in 2019 and they have been featured on Dance Teacher Magazine, News 12 NJ, KnowBox Dance Podcast, and the Business of Dance Podcast.
Technology Tools for Dance Teachers
During this session, attendees will learn about a variety of technology tools that can be used for dance education. Participants will be introduced to both websites and apps that can facilitate dance instruction and assessment for in-person, online, and blended learning. Some of these include FlipGrid, Thinglink, Nearpod, Loom, and much more. The presentation will cover key features of each technology tool, applications in dance education, dance pedagogy examples, hands-on practice, and pricing options. Participants will leave with a greater understanding of their options and with a range of ideas to implement technology in their dance teaching practice.
3:30pm-4:45pm Eastern Time
JoAnna Mendl Shaw
JoAnna Mendl Shaw has been teaching embodied learning in conservatories, colleges, elementary schools and in communities throughout the States and in Europe. Her performance works for stage, rural and urban landscapes with her company the Equus Projects often brings dancers and horses into shared landscapes. Shaw’s teaching focuses on solo and shared somatic practice, compassionate leadership and creating community. During COVID Shaw and Equus company dancers have developed and taught virtual workshops that draw participants into active embodied experiences. Shaw has taught on faculty at NYU/Tisch, Juilliard, Ailey BFA Program, Marymount, Princeton, Mount Holyoke and Montclair State.
Embodied Practice of Physical Listening in the ZOOM Space
A Physical Listening workshop presented in the virtual ZOOM space that guides participants through a trajectory of multi-sensory guided experiences, engaging with visual, aural and tactile perception with the specific goal of exploring how embodied thinking helps to Define the ASK: What do I want my audience to see; my students to get; my client to experience. We use the ZOOM platform to transport workshop participants into a school classroom, onto a grassy lawn, into a dance studio, and out into a pasture.
Presenters Biographies & Class descriptions
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Alison Deleget, MS, ATC
Ms. Deleget is a certified athletic trainer and PMA-certified Pilates instructor who brings over 15 years of clinical experience to the Harkness Center for Dance Injuries.
A former ballet dancer, Ms. Deleget graduated with a BS in Ballet and MS in Athletic Training from Indiana University. Ms. Deleget specializes in manual therapy and is a Certified Kinesio Taping Practitioner®. At the Harkness Center Ms. Deleget provides onsite athletic training services to professional dance companies, schools, and Broadway shows.
Harkness Center for Dance Injuries at NYU Langone Health Workshop
This 3-hour intensive workshop for dance educators on evidenced-based dance injury prevention and dancer wellness. The intensive will begin with a participatory warm-up and explanation of principles behind a healthy warm-up.
Other topics that will be covered through lecture and movement will include:
- Dance injury etiology
- The biopsychosocial model in relation to dance injury and dance educator self-care
Recognition, management, and prevention of dance injuries, including:
- Fatigue management, cross training, and periodization
- Functional movement tasks to help understand, and educate their students about, pelvic neutral, weight shift, and limb dissociation.
Has performed Off Broadway, at International Dance Festivals, in Music Videos, on TV specials, in nightclubs, and in touring dance companies. In Seattle, she was the dance consultant to the Jimi Hendrix Museum: Experience Music Project and an ambassador of rhythm tap dance hosting festivals, master classes, educational programs, and creating choreography for musical theatre and the concert stage. In NYC, she was a member of Gail Conrad’s Tap Dance Theatre, Jerry Ames Tap Dance Company, and performed as a pioneer dancer for the original creation of MTV. In Rochester, she has enjoyed gigs with the likes of the Vision of Sound Concert Series, Bill Evans Dance Company, NYS Dance Force Duets Concerts, and the NYC New Mix Performance Festival. Johnson is a dance educator at the University of Rochester, SUNY at Brockport, Nazareth College, and Hochstein School of Music & Dance.
The purpose of this session is to illuminate the subject of rhythm-in-motion in order to learn techniques to help others express themselves better rhythmically. We will utilize feet to walk patterns, hands to play patterns, voice to vocalize patterns, and explore navigating rhythmic territory with our body as a whole.
Nitya Seshadri Vedantam, MFA in progress, MFA, BA
A graduate student of dance studies at SUNY Buffalo, is a performer-teacher-choreographer of the Indian Classical dance Bharatanatyam. She holds a diploma in Bharatanatyam from Kalakshetra and a MFA Dance from Hyderabad Central University. She is an empaneled artiste of the Broadcasting Ministry of India. She has conducted several performances, master classes and workshops across the globe, including University at Buffalo, Purdue University, Hyderabad Central University and MGI Mauritius. Her dance collaborations span across varied genres of dance including Sattriya, Chau, Kathak and Modern dance. Nitya’s research explores the mind-body connection through dance and the symbiotic links between Bharatanatyam and Modern dance. Nitya is also a certified Hatha Yoga instructor.
EMBODYING THE NAVARASAAS: Connecting Through Empathy & Movement
The presentation focuses on the sharing of basic human impulses that arise across dance forms in order to spark conversations about and uncover commonalities underlying Bharatanatyam and Modern dance. I am interested in showcasing the symbiosis between two varied art forms from an underlying place of somatic awareness, all the while providing common threads of connectivity to ourselves and the to the world we live in.
is an Executive Producer, Award Winning Businessman, and American Choreographer whose work spans more than 30 years and three continents including New York City, across the US, and internationally to the West Indies, the Caribbean, Europe, and Africa. Sean is founder of Reaching for Higher Ground Consulting – a Communication, Performance, and Development Company and is Executive Producer of the Harriet Tubman Freedom Music Festival, the New York Dance Festival, and the Global Dance Initiative. He has worked with Senators and Congressmen for positive racial impact and is a Conference Designer, Fortune 500 Executive Life Coach, Mediation Expert, and Motivational Speaker that uses the arts to teach Personality and Emotional Development for Corporations and Executives. He teaches Life Skills to Teens, Parental communication skills to adults, and does Family Development intervention for public schools and universities. Sean is President of the New York Institute of Dance & Education and the winner of countless awards including the coveted Jefferson Award for Public Service to America founded by the late Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, the New York State Liberty Award (the NY Senate's highest honor), and the NAACP Trailblazers Medal of Honor. Sean was recently inducted into the Auburn Music Hall of Fame and has personally awarded over 400 thousand dollars to established and emerging artists.
Black Ballet Choreographers Symposium and Commission Conference: Panel Discussion
A Commission And Booking Discussion, Being Seen in Todays Ballet Industry
This very useful and critical conversation helps everyone and the industry leaders understand the challenges of being a Black Ballet Choreographer and addresses the very big door of opportunity that remains closed to black people. Our mission: To create the mechanism for Black ballet choreographers to gain invitation to, and sustainability within, national level and premiere ballet companies.
“Classical Ballet at its highest level is a silver impermeable sphere. It is not that Black choreographers cannot get in the door; it is that there is no door for us to get in.” - Sean McLeod