Addressing Racialization in Ballet.

Friday January 28, 2022

All times are in EST

6:00 pm Welcome
6:10 pm Keynote/In Conversation: Why Equity Matters

Speaker: Justin Bobb, Director of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion for Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment (MLSE)

6:30 pm Presentation – History, Ballet and Race

Speakers: Dr. Natalie Rouland, Scholar in Residence at The Washington Ballet as well as The Wilson Center

6:55 pm Presentation – Centering Race Equity in the Culture of Ballet Organizations
Kerrien Suarez, President, Equity in the Center
Toni Wilson, Principal of AquaInternational Leadership Consulting

7:15 pm Stretch Break
7:30 pm Panel – Dance Theatre of Harlem: Continuing the Vision
Judy Tyrus, Co-Founder and CEO, ChromaDiverse, Inc.
Kevin Thomas, Artistic Director and Co-Founder, Collage Dance Collective
Tyrone Brooks, Artistic Director, The Tallahassee Ballet

8:15 pm Panel – Voices of the Next Generation: Conversation with Emerging Artists
Moderator: Natasha Findlay, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Lead, Canada’s National Ballet School
Kaitwan Jackson, Education Manager, Heidi Duckler Dance
Kiara Marazzi, Grade 11 Student, Etobicoke School of the Arts
Simon Adamson DeLuca, Grade 12 Student, Canada’s National Ballet School

8:50 pm Closeout and Prep for Day 2

9:00 pm Adjourn

Saturday January 29, 2022

All times are in EST

10:00 am Opening/Welcome & Recap

10:25 am Keynote – Opportunities Missed & What the Future Has In Store For Us
Speakers: Reginald (Reggie) Van Lee, Partner and Chief Transformation Officer, The Carlyle Group

11:15 am Panel – Responsibility and Aspirations to Advance Equity in Ballet
Moderator: Kevin A. Ormsby, Artistic Director of KasheDance; Program Manager at Cultural Pluralism in the Arts Movement Ontario (CPAMO)
Dionne Figgins, Artistic Director of Ballet Tech
Bengt Jörgen, Artistic Director, Canada’s Ballet Jörgen, Canada
Julie Kent, Artistic Director, The Washington Ballet, USA
Nia Faith, Co-Founder, Revolutionnaire; Student at Howard University

12:05 pm Stretch Break

12:15 pm Presentations – Pedagogy and Teacher Training
Damien Johnson, Full-time Faculty, The Washington Ballet
Sandra Fortune-Green, Artistic Director, Jones Haywood Dance School
Ashleigh Powell, Artistic Faculty & Head of Community Dance Programs, Canada’s National Ballet School
Monica Stephenson, Director of Community Engagement, Miami City Ballet
Brandye Lee, Professional Dancer, Collage Dance Collective
Keith Morino, Artistic Faculty, Canada’s National Ballet School
1:30 pm Facilitated “Share & Capture” of Questions, Ideas and Reactions

2:00 pm Adjourn

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