Pre-Conference Events


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The People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond

Undoing Racism Workshop
Wednesday, June 6 | 9:00am – 4:00pm | The Colburn School


Through dialogue, reflection, role-playing, strategic planning, and presentations, this intensive process challenges participants to analyze the structures of power and privilege that hinder social equity and prepares them to be effective organizers for justice. The multiracial team of anti-racist organizers/trainers come from years of experience with civil, labor, and welfare rights struggles, educational, foster care, the arts, social service and health reform movements, as well as youth and grassroots community organizing.

Cost: The session is being offered to Dance/USA members at a discounted rate of $50 per registrant. Non-members may register at the $100 rate.

Lunch will be provided.

Please note that Registration is limited and will not be available onsite.

Learn more about the People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond here.





Harassment In and Out of the Studio

What is harassment and what are best practices when there is a harassment allegation?
Wednesday, June 6 | 2:00pm – 4:00pm
California Community Foundation’s Joan Palevsky Center | Conference Room


Employment laws regarding sexual harassment have been in place since 1986. Recent attention on the issues of harassment in the workplace, including the entertainment industry, have caused employers to reevaluate their compliance with harassment laws and review best practices when dealing with potential harassment situations. This interactive workshop will focus on providing a general understanding of Federal sexual harassment law and best practices if there is an allegation of harassment.

Does your organization have a harassment policy? Is your harassment policy up to date? What are the steps if a harassment claim is filed? These and other questions will be explored.

Join Sue Porter, Esq an employment lawyer turned Executive Director of BalletMet in Columbus, Ohio as she leads this important and timely session. Sue has 30 years of experience working with clients on harassment issues and defending employers in harassment lawsuits.

RSVP Requested. On-site registration dependent on availability.





Physically Integrated/Inclusive Dance Pre-Conference Meeting

Wednesday, June 6 | 2:00pm-5:00pm | The LA Hotel Downtown


Led by Judith Smith formerly of AXIS Dance Company and Douglas Scott of Full Radius Dance Co-chairs of the Dance/USA Dance & Disability Affinity Group

Dance/USA in collaboration with the Co-Chairs of its newly formed Dance & Disability Affinity Group will host a pre-Conference session open to all conference attendees. Judith Smith and Douglas Scott will guide attendees through discussions on interests and issues that were expressed during the Group's first national Call in late March 2018. Discussion topics may include:

  • Integrated dance and academia
  • Feedback on our work and how to utilize the Critical Response technique
  • National initiatives on integrated dance
  • Mentorship: What does it look like for practitioners who work within the physically integrated dance field?

Join us to share your experience!

RSVP Requested. On-site registration dependent on availability.