Sunday, March 20, 2011 – 1:00pm

Language- in dance teaching, in grant applications, in advocacy settings- is often found to be vague or inarticulate, grandiose or overly theoretical. Join DanceTAG in a wide-ranging conversation with Lois Welk about using language to describe, contextualize, and advocate for dance and dance teaching in clear and compelling ways. This discussion is likely to lead to valuable applications in studio work, post-performance discussions with audiences, grant applications, and in making a strong case for dance in education.


Lois Welk

Lois Welk, Director of Dance USA/Philadelphia, brings a wealth of experience to leading this discussion. Before coming to Philadelphia she was Artistic Director of The Yard, a performing artists’ colony on Martha’s Vineyard, Director of the New York State DanceForce, and taught for various arts-in-education programs across New York State. She is a dancer and choreographer and founded the American Dance Asylum Inc. (ADA), a producing and service organization for the performing arts. Her work as Executive Director of 171 Cedar Arts Center in Corning, NY from 1988 to 2002 earned her a New York State Governor’s Arts Award in 1998. She reviewed grants for New York State Council on the Arts, Joyce Foundation and Dance Advance and brings all of these experiences to bear on her ideas about language and dance.

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