Tennessee Dance Professionals Summit January 13-15, 200611.01.2005
NASHVILLE — Dance professionals from across Tennessee and neighboring states will convene in Nashville, TN January 13-15, 2006 for the Fourth Biannual Dance Professionals Summit. Addressing issues for dance educators and college aged students preparing for careers as teachers of dance, Summit IV workshops and forums will provide a broad range of information and resources.
Three internationally recognized guest presenters form the core workshops of the Summit. They are Bill Evans, Anne Green Gilbert, and Robert Atwood.
Evans is visiting professor / artist-in-residence at the State University of New York at Brockport, artistic director of the Bill Evans Dance Company and director of the Bill Evans Summer Institute of Dance, the Evans Teachers' Intensives and the New Mexico Tap Dance Festival. He has choreographed almost 200 works for more than 65 professional companies throughout the world, and has been awarded the Guggenheim Fellowship, 13 grants and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, and 72 other awards from public and private arts agencies in the U. S. and Canada. He is a Certified Laban/Bartenieff Movement Analyst and creator of the Evans Laban-Based Modern Dance Technique. Evans has served the broad issues of dance education through long term participation and leadership roles in the National Dance Education Organization and the National Dance Association.
Anne Green Gilbert founded Creative Dance Center and Kaleidoscope Dance Company in 1981. An internationally recognized dance educator, Anne has a Master's Degree in Teaching and has taught dance at all levels for the past 30 years. She is the author of Creative Dance for All Ages: A Conceptual Approach, Teaching Creative Dance Video and Teaching the Three Rs Through Movement. Anne, past chair of Dance and the Child International USA, is an adjunct faculty member of three universities and the recipient of numerous teaching awards. Among dance educators nationwide, she needs no introduction. Her exceptional work precedes her.
Robert Atwood has extensive experience in training dancers at all stages of development and is a renowned "teacher of teachers." He is currently on faculty at The Ailey School, through which he teaches in the B.F.A. program in dance at Fordham University and serves as Program Administrator of The Ailey School's PPAS program (a program offered in conjunction with the Professional Performing Arts High School of the New York City Public School System). He is also on the faculty of STEPS Studio in New York City. Mr. Atwood has served as guest Ballet Master for Tanstheater Munster, Germany; Tanztheater Tiroler Landestheater in Innsbruck, Austria; and for the City Contemporary Dance Company of Hong Kong. He has taught as a guest for the ballet companies of Leipzig, Kaiserslautern and Hagen, and for the Academy of Hong Kong Ballet.
Focus groups and forums will cover a diverse array of topics, including a session on age appropriateness in choreography and costuming. The Summit.
"The 2006 Summit is truly outstanding", states Judith Woodruff, Executive Director of the Tennessee Association of Dance. "The Summit provides invaluable resources to Tennessee's dance artists and educators, including opportunities to share ideas and network with colleagues." Participation is not limited to Tennesseans. All TAD programs welcome participants from across the country.
The Tennessee Dance Professionals' Summit IV is sponsored by the Tennessee Association of Dance and Ensworth School, Nashville. The program is funded through an agreement with the Tennessee Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts. Information is available on the Association website at www.tennesseedance.org. Registration materials may be obtained by calling 423-929-1129 or Email Tennessee Dance Association