We were so honored to open the the first NDEO Men in Dance Symposium at the University of West Virginia on June 29, 2017. The conference was filled with educators, dancers and arts administrators – all of whom came together to help address the issues that face the male dancer. The three day conference was filled with sessions and discussions about issues ranging from gender norms to harassment and bullying. Alongside award-winning dance researcher Doug Risner, we presented a early rough cut of the film to an eager and appreciative crowd. The conference was a wonderful opportunity for us to fine tune the points that really resonate with both professional dancers and educators alike.
We greatly appreciate and thank the NDEO for offering us this opportunity and we hope DANSEUR inspired everyone to work together to end bullying and harassment of men because they love to dance.
Men in Dance: Bridging the Gap – Symposium
Thursday, June 29 – Saturday, July 1, 2017
West Virginia University, College of Creative Arts
The producer/director of DANSEUR in conjunction with Doug Risner, Author of Stigma and Perseverance in the Lives of Boys Who Dance have been invited to host the keynote address at the Men in Dance Symposium. The conference addresses the significant lack of male dancers in the field, how and why it is such a challenge. From early childhood dance and movement classes through secondary education and beyond, the dance world is faced with the question of how to attract more boys and men to the field. This problem is not limited to one genre of dance, age group, or country; the dilemma is global. This symposium seeks pragmatic solutions to address the dearth of male dancers in our studios, schools, and companies as students, professionals, and educators.