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Arts Education Convening: Cultivating South Florida's Dance Community | Flyer | May 14Wednesday, May 14, 2014 • 5:30-8 p.m.
(Immediately after the 2-5 p.m. Policy, Equity + Action convening)
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ArtServe - Auditorium
1350 E. Sunrise Blvd.
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304

Contact: Grace Kewl-Durfey, Arts Administrator
Broward Cultural Division information
gkewl@broward.org(954) 357-7869


On Wednesday, May 14, 2014, the Broward Cultural Division will host two back-to-back regional convenings: Arts Education: Policy, Equity and Action (2-5 p.m.) and Cultivating South Florida’s Dance Community (5:30-8 p.m.).

The convenings will bring together stakeholders from diverse backgrounds and organizations, representing a range of perspectives. These gatherings are designed to generate ideas and action beyond what a single individual is able to imagine or achieve on their own.

These two events are made possible by the following collaborators: Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts; American Dance Legacy Initiative at Brown University; ArtServe; Arts for Learning Miami; Bak Middle School of the Arts; Body and Soul Dance Theatre; Brazz Dance; Children’s Services Council of Broward County; Florida Dance Education Organization; Kravis Center for the Performing Arts; Power of Performance, Inc.; the School Board of Broward County; and VSA Florida.

What can be done to ensure dance as a viable, thriving arts discipline within the region? | Section Header


This will be an invigorating forum to bring more attention to the discipline of dance, an art often left out of the spotlight. It’s a rare opportunity for the artists, educators, dance companies, businesses, organizations, and the public to inform policymakers on issues, needs, and concerns specific to the field of dance.

Program attendees will experience a real treat. Talented dance students from Bak Middle School of the Arts (Bak MSOA) in West Palm Beach will perform short modern dances learned from collaborating with Laura Bennett of the American Dance Legacy Initiative from Brown University. Bak MSOA is a premier magnet school for the visual and performing arts in Palm Beach County. The performance will be followed by an interactive workshop and discussion panel on how the arts and cultural sector can advance this underappreciated art form.

The American Dance Legacy Initiative (ADLI) is part of the John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage at Brown University in Rhode Island. ADLI produces innovative materials and programs designed to engage artists, educators, and the public with America’s dance heritage of signature works by historical and contemporary choreographers. ADLI has been working to develop a unique compilation, the Repertory Etudes Collection.

Julie Adams Strandberg, co-founder of ADLI, says this collection comprises a common knowledge of dance history and movement traditions which are rarely ever shared in the field of arts education. “Anyone can study music from Bach to Duke Ellington or theatre from Shakespeare to Tennessee Williams, but until now, this has not been so with dance.”

ADLI’s purpose is to widely share this collection with dance organizations and schools. Strandberg and Bennett plan to offer “concrete nuts and bolts tools” that dance students can use. Bennett explains that these dances are adaptable to a variety of skills levels, affording all students the ability to practice this repertoire.

Martha Satinoff, dance director at Bak MSOA, is enthusiastic about ADLI’s work. “It challenges us artistically and technically. It brings modern dance history into our classrooms and onto the stage, allowing our dancers to be a part of passing the art from one generation to the next.”

Strandberg is excited about "realizing our vision in Florida during this upcoming event.”

Toranika Washington, dance director at University School NSU says, “This is an exciting opportunity for creative growth and development for South Florida artists. I’m looking forward to it, and I encourage all artists, especially dance educators to attend.”

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Welcome


Performance & Workshop

Bak Middle School of the Arts Dance Program with the American Dance Legacy Initiative

  • Martha Satinoff
    Dance Chair
    Bak Middle School of the Arts
    Board Member
    Florida Dance Education Organization (FDEO)

    Bak Middle School of the Arts (Bak MSOA), an arts magnet middle school, is the largest total magnet middle school in Palm Beach County, Florida serving 1360 students. The school works towards making sure the academic and arts curriculums reflect a real world perspective and that the students will maintain high standards through a strong arts program that enriches their lives and enhances academic achievement, develops creative thinking and analytical skills and embraces reading.

    The Florida Dance Education Organization, an affiliate of NDEO, envisions a state where every citizen gets equal access and opportunity to quality dance arts education regardless of gender, age, race, culture, or socio-economic status, ability or interest. It is a growing organization that provides several kinds of services and information for dance educators. Each year in October, FDEO presents an educators' conference featuring guest presenters, roundtable discussions, networking sessions, and a performance by the National Honor Society of Dance Arts Florida Chapters. In addition to the conference, FDEO is the State Affiliate for the National Honor Society for Dance Arts (NHSDA).

  • Julie Adams Strandberg
    Co-Founder and Artistic Director
    American Dance Legacy Initiative (ADLI)

    Julie Adams Strandberg, ADLI’s co-founder and artistic director, is founding director of dance at Brown University and co-director of the New York State Summer School of the Arts School of Dance. She co-founded The Rhode Island Dance Repertory Company in 1971 and The Harlem Dance Foundation in 1973. Strandberg has designed programs for youth and has created over 40 works for theatrical and alternative spaces. She has served on national boards and panels, including the National Endowment for the Arts, and is the author of multiple published articles. She has studied with many of the dance pioneers of the 20th century and holds a Bachelor of Arts from Cornell University and a master’s from Bank Street College of Education.

  • Laura Bennett
    Core Network Manager
    Dancing Legacy Director
    American Dance Legacy Initiative (ADLI)


    Laura Bennett, ADLI Repertory Etudes master teacher and lead manager of projects and activities, teaches Repertory Etudes to over 100 dancers each year and spearheaded the design of ADLI’s teaching methodology. Bennett choreographed and performed independently and as a member of companies in a variety of venues. She taught dance and theater in community centers, schools, private studios and summer programs including the American Dance Festival and the New York State Summer School of the Arts School of Dance. Bennett has a B.A. from Brown University and a dance education certificate from the 92nd Street Y. ADLI transforms how people think about and experience dance through collaborative programming that connects with American heritage and builds a dance literate public.

    American Dance Legacy Initiative produces innovative materials and programs designed to engage artists, educators, and the general public with participatory viewing and dancing experiences that connect with American heritage, building a dance literate public. Founded in 1993 by dance pioneers Carolyn Adams and Julie Adams Strandberg, ADLI is housed at Brown University’s John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage to strengthen a shared commitment to public engagement with the arts and culture. Operating on a project-by-project basis, ADLI partners with a broad, geographically diverse network of organizations, inter-generational practitioners, and dance enthusiasts to carry out activities on Brown’s campus and in communities across the nation.

 
Panel Discussion

Cultivating South Florida’s Regional Dance Community
Moderator: Laura Bennet, American Dance Legacy Initiative
 
Florida Dance Education Organization (FDEO) 
FDEO, an affiliate of NDEO, envisions a state where every citizen gets equal access and opportunity to quality dance arts education regardless of gender, age, race, culture, or socio-economic status, ability or interest. It is a growing organization that provides several kinds of services and information for dance educators. Each year in October, FDEO presents an educators' conference featuring guest presenters, roundtable discussions, networking sessions, and a performance by the National Honor Society of Dance Arts Florida Chapters. In addition to the conference, FDEO is the State Affiliate for the National Honor Society for Dance Arts (NHSDA).

Trina Soumare
Teaching Artist

Ballet Brika West African Dance Theatre

Trina Soumare is a dancer, choreographer, musician and arts educator. Her love affair with the West African arts began in 1991. She studied with some of the world’s most respected West African performing artists. She traveled throughout the east coast and West Africa, studying and sharing her love for the African arts via interactive classes and workshops. In 2005, Trina co-founded Ballet Brika West African Dance Theater with her husband, percussionist, Moussa Soumah.

Sheila Scanlan
Artistic Director | Treasurer

Body and Soul Dance Theatre

Body and Soul, started in 1983, was one of south Florida’s most established modern dance companies; they appeared at the Colony theatre, Bailey Concert Hall and theatres from New York to South America. It was reborn in 2002 as a not-for-profit dance organization and under the artistic direction of Sheila Scanlan, who performed in venues across the south Florida area. Scanlan began her dancing career in New York taking ballet, jazz and tap classes, training at the University Center of the Performing Arts, then relocated to Florida. She attended Dillard School of the Arts, began choreographing at 16 years old with her first works “Encounters” and “Wild Fire,” which debuted at the Broward Center of the Performing Arts in 1994. She obtained scholarships to attend the New Arts Festival in Ft. Myers, The Florida Dance Festival in Tampa and Alvin Ailey in New York. This allowed her to work with The David Parsons Company, Pilobolus, the dance directors at New World, Mia Michaels, Reginald Yates and many other formative talents in the dance world. She has stage managed and choreographed performances for the Boca Raton Theater Guild, The University Center for the Performing Arts, ArtServe, and she has stage managed for Dance Now! and the Miami Gay Men’s Chorus.

Augusto Soledade
Artistic Director
Brazz Dance Theater


Augusto Soledade, a 2008 Guggenheim Fellow in Choreography, is a performer and choreographer. Soledade also currently serves as a full-time associate professor in dance at Nova Southeastern University in Davie, Fla. and as founder artistic director and resident choreographer for Augusto Soledade Brazzdance, formally known as Brazz Dance Theater Incorporated, in Miami. A native of Bahia, Brazil, he started his dance training at the Federal University of Bahia, Brazil in a program with strong modern dance emphasis and has trained with Garth Fagan and Clyde Morgan. He also holds a degree in journalism from the Federal University of Bahia. He received his M.F.A in dance from State University of New York - Brockport in 1998, and also in that same year, received the Pylyshenko-Strasser Graduate Dance Award and was the finalist in the dance category for the 1998 Thayer Fellowship.

In the fall of 2013, Soledade was awarded for the fifth time the Miami Dade Choreographer’s Fellowship from the Miami Dade Cultural Affairs; in 2012 he was awarded the prestigious Knight Arts Challenge Grant in support of the Miami Dance Mecca Project, an initiative implemented by Augusto Soledad Brazzdance to boost Miami’s reputation as an emerging center for contemporary dance, and the 2012 Individual Artist Fellowship from the State of Florida Division of Cultural Affairs for the second consecutive time.

He has also been awarded multiple grant funds from the Northampton Arts Council and Smith College to develop choreographic as well as research projects. Other positions at universities and colleges include: assistant professor at Florida International University in Miami, Fla., visiting assistant professor and graduate advisor at Smith College, Mass., visiting assistant professor in dance at the University Of Michigan at Ann Arbor, guest artist instructor at Wells College, N.Y. and adjunct instructor at University of Rochester.

Denyse Baboolal
Founder

Jayadevi Arts, Inc.

Denyse Baboolal, a multidisciplinary artist and cultural activist in the Indo-Caribbean community, studied Kathak and Indian folk dance under the tutelage of Satnarine Balkaransingh of the Nirtyanjali Dance Theatre, and continued her study of Kathak and learned Rajdhar with the late, great Gora Singh. Baboolal has an impressive performance history that includes performances for: Trinidad & Tobago Consulate; Guyana Consulate; Brooklyn Museum; Dane Gulston, pannist; and political events such as the visit of Guyana's first lady Janet Jagan; the late President Cheddi Jagan and Foreign Minister Insanally of Guyana. In 2000, she had the privilege of performing at Lincoln Center outdoor festival, including 11 dances (classical, folk and chutney), with renowned musician Dino Boodram, Errol Balkissoon, Roger Sooklal, Radha Singh, Ustad Kadar Khan, Bina Khan and Chutney Queen Ramrajie Prabhoo. For this performance, she was featured in an article in the New York Times Magazine.

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 Date: Wednesday, May 14, 2014
 Time: 5:30–8 p.m.
  (Immediately following the regional arts education convening from 2-5 p.m.)
 Location: ArtServe – Auditorium, 1350 E. Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL
 Contact: Grace Kewl-Durfey, Arts Administrator, Broward Cultural Division information
  gkewl@broward.org | (954) 357-7869


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1. Welcome 5:45 – 5:55
2. American Dance Legacy Initiative (ADLI) 5:55 – 6:50
Julie Adams Strandberg
Co-Founder and Artistic Director
ADLI

Laura Bennett
Core Network Manager
Dancing Legacy Director
ADLI

Martha Satinoff
Dance Chair
Bak Middle School of the Arts
Board member
Florida Dance Education Organization (FDEO)
3. Panel Discussion: 6:50 – 7:30
Cultivating South Florida’s Regional Dance Community
Moderator: Laura Bennet, American Dance Legacy Initiative

a. FDEO Representative

b. Trina Soumare
Teaching Artist
Ballet Brika West African Dance Theatre 
Ballet Brika
 
c. Sheila Scanlan
Artistic Director | Treasurer
Body and Soul Dance Theatre
www.bodyandsouldancetheatre.org
 
d. Augusto Soledade
Artistic Director
Brazz Dance Theater
www.brazzdance.com
 
e. Denyse Baboolal
Founder
Jayadevi Arts, Inc.
4. Take-Aways: Where Do We Go From Here 7:30 – 7:55
5. Closing Remarks 7:55 – 8:00