About the DC Dance Summit

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Hosted by Dance Loft on 14 in partnership with Dance Metro DC, Joy of Motion Dance Center, The International Association of Blacks in Dance, Dance Place, BalletNOVA, Indian Dance Educators Association, Dance Exchange, and others. Additional participating organizations TBA.

The 2017 DC Dance Summit will bring the regional dance community together for two and a half days of performances, workshops, master classes, panel discussions and networking. This exciting convening will focus on celebrating the diversity of the dance community, identifying ways that we can work together to continue strengthening our network, and engaging with each other in a national conversation about racial equity.

Programming highlights will include master classes and workshops with Dance Exchange partners and artistic staff, faculty from Dance Loft on 14, leadership from the Indian Dance Educators Association, and others TBA… Performances will include site-specific works by partners from Dance Place and dance showcases curated by Dance Loft on 14 and Dance Metro DC. A youth-led learning exchange with IMPACT dance will bring teen dance artist from throughout the region together for an afternoon of creative sharing. A mini-class dance sampler series will provide opportunities for teachers to promote their classes. We will engage in the national conversation about racial equity through an anti-racism training hosted by Dance Metro DC. There will be dance parties, panel discussions, food, cash bars and more TBA…

The undoing-racism workshop will be a central piece of Dance Metro DC’s contribution to the Dance Summit and will be facilitated by organizers from The People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond (http://pisab.org). The ½ day undoing-racism workshop will take place on Saturday, September 16 from 9:30am-2:30pm and is intended for artists, administrators, educators, board members and anyone who engages with community members as part of their work in dance. The aim of this undoing-racism workshop is to increase awareness of ongoing equity issues in our community and to bring local dance practitioners into the national conversation about racial equity.

Performances for the DC Dance Summit will include a diverse range of genres and companies based in the DC metro area and beyond. Performances will be curated by Dance Loft on 14 and Dance Metro DC. Master Classes and Workshops will be offered in a variety of levels in Ballet, Contemporary, Step, Classical Indian Dance, African, Movement generation, Feldenkreis, Contact Improvisation, and others TBA…

Dance Loft on 14 is DC’s exciting new multi-purpose dance facility with four spacious studios and a black box theater. Dance Loft is home to numerous dance companies, working artists and general dance enthusiasts. Dance Loft is delighted to create and host this inaugural DC Dance Summit which will include the launch of Dance Loft’s 2017-2018 presentation season.

More information coming soon…

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