Magazine article Dance Teacher

Dances in the Making

Magazine article Dance Teacher

Dances in the Making

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Get inspired to imagine and move at RDA's National Craft of Choreography Conference.

Ie National Craft of Choreography onference, sponsored each summer by eg onal Dance America, is an opportunity choreographers and dancers to hone their creativity. This year's conference, held from July 30 to August 11 at The University of Texas at Austin, should prove rewarding, whether you're a choreographer looking for inspiration or a director, teacher or studio owner faced with the challenge of coming up with innovative moves.

From its beginnings in 1960 as an inhouse project of RDA's northeast region conducted by Dayton Ballet founder Jo Schwarz, the conference has expanded to a two-week summer program where dancers, choreographers and composers are given the time and resources to collaborate on creating new works.

Each year the faculty gives one of the talented choreographers at the conference the Choreography Connection Award, which enables them to create a new work for a RDA company. The conference is limited to 15 choreographers and 100 dancers. This year's faculty includes: Hannah Kahn, director of choreography; Jerome Begin, director of music; Thom Clower, director of ballet; Lyn Elam, director of modern; and Bob Boross, director of theater and dance.

Each morning of the event the choreographers meet to discuss and experiment with different aspects of dancemaking, such as spatial studies, energy definitions and movement themes. They are also offered instruction in music, lighting, costuming and improvisation. …

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