Addressing Racialization in Ballet.


Friday January 28, 2022

All times are in EST

6:00 pm Beyond Land Acknowledgements: Film

By Christine Friday, Artistic Director, Producer, Dancer, Choreographer, Filmmaker, Community Activator 

6:05 pm Welcome Remarks 
MP Marci Ien

6:08 pm Official Host Welcome 

Lauri Fitz-Pegado, Advisor, Author of Dancing in the Dash
Kahina Haynes, Executive Director, Dance Institute of Washington
Mavis Staines, Artistic Director and CEO, Canada’s National Ballet School

6:15 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

6:45 pm Presentation – Centering Race Equity in the Culture of Ballet Organizations
Kerrien Suarez, President, Equity in the Center

6:55 pm Presentation – Theory and Implementation of EDI in the Arts
Toni Wilson, Principal of AquaInternational Leadership Consulting

7:15 pm Stretch Break
7:30 pm Panel – Dance Theatre of Harlem: Continuing the Vision
Moderator: Judy Tyrus, Co-Founder and CEO, ChromaDiverse, Inc.

Anjali Austin, Professor and Chair of Florida State University's School of Dance
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
Speakers: 
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 Beyond Land Acknowledgements: In Conversation

Christine Friday, Artistic Director, Producer, Dancer, Choreographer, Filmmaker, Community Activator 
John Dalrymple, Executive Director, Canada’s National Ballet School

10:10 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)
Panelists: 
Bengt Jörgen, Artistic Director, Canada’s Ballet Jörgen, Canada
Dionne Figgins, Artistic Director of Ballet Tech
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 Pedagogy and Training Presentations
Sandra Fortune-Green, Artistic Director, Jones Haywood Dance School
Monica Stephenson, Director of Community Engagement, Miami City Ballet; PhD Student in Dance, Texas Woman’s University; Adjunct Assistant Professor, University of Utah
Brandye Lee, Professional Dancer, Collage Dance CollectiveSpeakers: 

Pedagogy and Training – In Conversation

Damien Johnson, Full-time Faculty, The Washington Ballet
Keith Morino, Artistic Faculty, Canada’s National Ballet School
Ashleigh Powell, Artistic Faculty & Head of Community Dance Programs, Canada’s National Ballet School

1:30 pm Facilitated “Share & Capture” of Questions, Ideas and Reactions

2:00 pm Adjourn


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