DC Dance Journalism Project

We are so excited to be relaunching the DC Dance Journalism Project!

Dance Metro DC’s Dance Journalism Project is a professional development program for dance writers in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. Participating writers will work in a cohort environment through a series of six professional development sessions aimed at building writing and critical viewing skills for writing reviews and other articles covering local dance performances. This project will be directed by Lisa Traiger, a long-time dance critic, arts journalist and educator.

Application Information

Six writers will be selected for the DC Dance Journalism Project. If selected, a $200 fee is required to cover the cost of six two-hour writing workshops, programmatic fees, and performance tickets.

Applications are due by August 15, 2019. Applicants will be notified on August 23, 2019.


2019 Cohort Meeting Dates

Six Tuesdays, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

September 17
October 15
October 29
November 12
November 19
December 3

Dance Metro DC
1029 Vermont Ave., NW, #400
Washington, DC 20005

Farragut North (Red) or McPherson Square (Blue) Metro. Paid parking is available.

Primary goals for Dance Metro DC’s Dance Journalism Project include:
• To increase competency levels and experience for pre-professional dance journalists.
• To heighten the general public discourse about the professional field of dance in the metropolitan Washington, D.C. area.
• To provide a cohort of competent dance writers for the regional dance community over time.

Program Overview:
Cohort participants will attend local dance performances (often on weekends) and write critical reviews of the performance work. The cohort will meet to discuss ways to develop and enhance their writing through historical perspectives, unique viewpoints, and a heightened general discourse about dance in the D.C. area. Participants will receive individual feedback on their writing from the project director.

Following participation in this program, writers may be invited to contribute reviews of local dance performances on behalf of Dance Metro DC. These articles will be published on the Dance Metro DC website and a small honorarium will be provided for published articles. There is no guarantee that this program will lead to job opportunities or publication.

Email Rebecca Ferrell at rferrell@dancmetrodc.org with any questions

About the Project Director
An arts journalist and dance critic since 1985, Lisa Traiger writes frequently on the performing arts for Washington Jewish Week and other local and national publications, including Dance, Pointe, and Dance Teacher. She also writes and edits From the Green Room, Dance/USA’s online eJournal. She was a freelance dance critic for The Washington Post Style section from 1997-2006, where she also contributed a column on dance to the Weekend section.

Over the years Lisa has interviewed many dance luminaries, among them Merce Cunningham, Anna Sokolow, Alicia Alonso, Paul Taylor, Arthur Mitchell, Suzanne Farrell, Bill T. Jones, Ohad Naharin, Savion Glover, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, and Misty Copeland. As arts correspondent for the Washington Jewish Week, she has reported on Jewish drum circles, Israeli folk dance, Holocaust survivors, Jewish Freedom Riders, and Jewish American artists from Ben Shahn to Rodgers and Hammerstein, Stephen Sondheim to Y Love, Tovah Feldshuh to Wendy Wasserstein. Her now occasional dance writing can be read on DCDanceWatcher [dcdancewatcher.wordpress.com]. In 2003, Traiger was a New York Times Fellow in the Institute for Dance Criticism at the American Dance Festival in Durham, N.C. She holds an M.F.A. in choreography from the University of Maryland, College Park, and has taught dance appreciation at the University of Maryland and Montgomery College, Rockville, Md. She served on the Dance Critics Association Board of Directors from 1991-93, returned to the board in 2005, and served as co-president in 2006-2007.