Discussion/Workshop: Careers in Dance

April 26 | 2:00 pm

Friday, April 26, 2:00 pm, Theatre 14 Greenroom What jobs are there in dance? What jobs are you suited for? Where can you find one? Through a series of written exercises, this workshop helps participants identify their strengths and goals for a future in the dance field. Dancers will be introduced to careers in dance beyond dancing, teaching dance, and choreographing. Positions discussed include dance writing, company management, artist representation, dance presenting, dance technical production, dance documentation and videography, and dance archiving. We will cover internships, graduate studies, and entry-level positions. Presenter: Maura Keefe is a contemporary dance historian. She is a scholar-in-residence at Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, where she writes about, lectures on, and interviews artists from around the world. Based on those interactions with dancers and choreographers, she is working on a collection of essays on contemporary dance forms and cultures. Other research interests include the relationships between dance and sports, with essays published in Taken By Surprise: The Dance Improvisation Reader, When Men Dance: Choreographing Masculinities Across Borders, The Gay and Lesbian Review and Performance Journal. Keefe has led audience programs at Princeton University, UCLA, the Goethe Institut, New York Live Arts, the Joyce Theatre, and New York’s City Center. She has served on the board for the Congress on Research on Dance (CORD) and as a dance panelist for the New York State Council of the Arts (NYSCA). She has an MFA in choreography and performance from Smith College, and a PhD in dance history and theory from University of California, Riverside. Keefe is chair of the Department of Dance at the College at Brockport where she teaches dance history and theory and choreography. Open to Seniors and Juniors only. Space is limited. Contact Rodger Blum (rblum@smith.edu) if you would like to attend.

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