Magazine article Dance Magazine

Dance/USA Roundtable Roundup

Magazine article Dance Magazine

Dance/USA Roundtable Roundup

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CHICAGO--"That's a good question," says the teacher faced with a bright student's query for which there is no ready answer. That was the tenor of the 1994 Dance/USA Roundtable, a biennial event held this year in Chicago, May 19-21. Scores of dance administrators, educators, and artists from every part of the country participated in numerous seminars, workshops, and roundtables at which unanswerable questions surfaced about funding, touring, audience development, presenters, marketing, health insurance, AIDS, racism, and more. Yet panels of experienced individuals were able to offer useful suggestions even when the solution to a particular problem eluded them.

An especially popular session was that on dance in education, led by former Paul Taylor dancer Carolyn Adams. Her report on the National Task Force on Dance Education, a conference high-light, is available from Dance/USA, 777 Fourteenth Street, N.W., Washington, D.C., 20005-3270.

Company directors avid for information about touring heard presenters Wallace Chappell, of the University of lowa, and John Killacky, of the Walker Arts Center in Minneapolis, tell how they designed dance programs for their large audiences. But no one could suggest how to satisfy the pressing need for experienced agents to arrange convenient and profitable tours.

Andrea Snyder headed a session on preserving ephemeral dance; and archivist Leslie Hansen Kopp gave practical information about how to preserve such memorabilia as letters and programs. …

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