Schedule of Events

Friday, May 20

Time Event
from 1 pm Registration/Check-in
1.45 pm Tour of NBS or, Ballet class observation in Betty Oliphant Theatre - from 1pm.
3.15 - 4.15 pm City as Muse: How St. Petersburg Inspired Petipa/ Cheryl Belkin Epstein NBS's History of Dance Instructor
5:00 - 6:15 pm Welcome by Organizing Committee (BOT)
Highlight of symposium goals
Keynote Speaker: David Leventhal, Program Director, Dance for PD® at Mark Morris Dance Group and a teacher at Mark Morris Dance Center

Saturday, May 21

Time Event
9:00 - 10:00 am Empowerment through a Healthy State of Mind - during dance career
This panel will explore how NBS alumni can be empowered to successfully cope with the many challenges they will face during their dance careers (for example: performance anxiety, injury, and disappointment). It will also explore ways in which NBS alumni can be empowered to build effective professional relationships. 

Moderator: Katie Isbister
Panelists: Hannah Fischer*Tilman O'Donnell*, Rebekah Rimsay*, Brendan Saye* (* NBS alumni)
10:15 - 11:15 am Empowerment through a Healthy State of Mind - during transition
Acknowledging that transition happens for a variety of reasons and at varying stages of life, this panel will explore how NBS alumni can be empowered to successfully cope with transition. Transitioning from dance leads to such questions as: Who am I if I am not a dancer? How can I stay connected to my passion for dance once I no longer dance? Other kinds of transition leads to different questions. This panel will investigate strategies for successfully negotiating a variety transitions.

ModeratorJamie Tapper*
PanelistsRachel Bar*, Veronica Tennant*, Peter Dingle*, Charles Berry* (* NBS Alumni)
11:30 - 12:45 pm Empowerment through Life Long Learning
This panel will explore the power of continuing to remain open to learning after graduation, not only through a dance career but beyond as well. It will further explore how NBS alumni can be empowered by recognizing the value of NBS' academic education and by applying the skills learned as a dancer to a new field or new interests.

ModeratorBradley Powell*
PanelistsJillian Vanstone*, Christopher Body*, Lorraine Kalia nee Hadjur*, Anisa Tejpar*       (* NBS alumni)
12:45 - 1:45/2:45 pm Lunch
1:45 - 2:45 pm Movement Activities (studios TBD; not live-streamed)
Tour of NBS
3:00 - 4:00 pm Dancing with Parkinson's class, taught by NBS Artistic staff
followed by Coffee break
4:30 - 5:30 pm Yondering Rehearsal (BOT)
5:30 - 7:30 pm Cocktail Reception

Sunday, May 22

Time Event
9:00 - 10:15 am
9:15 - 10:15 am
Sharing Insights: current PBP and alumni, or
Sharing Insights: current TTP and alumni
11:00 am - 12:15 pm Evolving Dance Pedagogy
This panel will explore how NBS can prepare alumni from both the Professional Ballet and Teacher Training Programs for dance in the 21st century. The topics to be discussed include maintaining artistic integrity in a world of increasing technical demands and critical thinking in dance training.

ModeratorAnuschka Roes*
Panelists: Laurel Toto*, Piotr Stanczyk*, Jason Beechey*, Jill Johnson* (* NBS alumni)
12:15 - 1:15 pm Lunch
1:15 - 3:00 pm From Self Realization to Leadership & Concluding Remarks (Mavis Staines)
Self-realization is the key that allows one to consciously make decisions that are true to one’s own value and values. It enables one to take leadership over one’s own life. It is also the key to effective leadership of others. This session will begin with a presentation by Deborah Bull and Susan Hoyle on the importance of self-realization to personal and organizational leadership and be followed by a panel discussion.

Moderator: Deborah Bull
PanelistsKeith Morino*, Gideon ArthursPeggy BakerSue Hoyle (* NBS alumni)