Addressing Racialization in Ballet.

Friday February 4, 2022

All times are in EST

6:00 pm ReConnect Choreographic Process

Aïcha Bastien-N’Diaye, Dance artist, Creative Content Creator, AfroIndigenous
Starr Muranko, Co-Artistic Director, Raven Spirit Dance

6:03 pm Welcome Remarks

The Honourable Wanda Thomas Bernard, PhD, C.M., O.N.S.
Senator - Nova Scotia (East Preston)

6:05 pm Recap

Lauri Fitz-Pegado, Advisor, Author and Ballet Teacher

6:15 pm Panel – Voices of Current Dancers: Changing Environment...or Not?
Moderator: Royce Zackery, Associate Professor, Howard University – Chadwick A. Boseman College of Fine Arts.; Instructor of Ballet and collaborator of Community Engagement and Internships The Washington Ballet, The ARC Townhall Education and Recreation Center, and the Dance Institute of Washington
Portia Adams, Professional Ballet Dancer, Les ballet de Monte-Carlo
Nardia Boodoo, Dancer, The Washington Ballet
Livona Ellis, Dancer, Ballet BC
Siphesihle November, Principal Dancer, The National Ballet of Canada

7:05 pm Break

7:15 pm Panel – The Role of Awareness and Cultural Competence in Teaching Ballet
Moderator: Lauri Fitz-Pegado
Ronald K. Alexander, Independent Arts Consultant, Dance Educator, and Choreographer
John Alleyne, Artistic Advisor, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion, Canada’s National Ballet School
Zane Booker, Co-founder of the Kitchen Table Dance Collective: Senior Teacher and Coach at Philadanco
Endalyn Taylor, Dean of Dance, School of Dance – University of North Carolina School of the Arts
Laurel Toto, Head of Junior School and Rehearsal Director for The Nutcracker, Canada's National Ballet School

8:25 pm Panel – Why EDI is Good Business: Opportunities and Strategies (Administrative Perspectives)
Moderator: John Dalrymple, Executive Director, Canada’s National Ballet School
Rebecca Ferrell, Director of Programs, Dance/USA
Laveen Naidu, Director of Dance, The St. James
Alix Laurent, Executive Director, L'École supérieure de ballet du Québec
Gideon Arthurs, CEO, National Theatre School (Canada)

9:15 pm Adjourn

Saturday February 5, 2022

All times are in EST

10:00 am Opening/Welcome & Recap

10:05 am Indigenous Values and Relationship Building through Dance

Margaret Grenier, Executive and Artistic Director, Dancers of Damelahamid
Starr Muranko, Co-Artistic Director, Raven Spirit Dance

10:25 am From Learning to Action: Mapping and Measuring Change

This session will explore the role of data and evaluation in the integration of equity practices; looking at tools to define, measure and hold ourselves accountable to the change we want to see. Areas of focus will include:

  • The basics and benefits of program evaluation
  • Connecting data to organizational values and principles
  • Frameworks to manage complex goals
  • Community consultation and participatory practice

Discussion and questions will be encouraged throughout what we hope will be a lively exchange of ideas. No previous experience with evaluation necessary!

12:00 pm Break

12:15 pm
From Learning to Action: Mapping and Measuring Change …continued

2:00 pm Adjourn

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