Institute for Leadership Training Application

18th March 2016  5:00 PM - 11:59 PM (GMT-04:00) America/New_York

Deadline to apply is Friday, March 18, 2016 at 5:00pm EST.

Participates will begin engagement in the Dance/USA Institute for Leadership Training (DILT) during the Dance/USA Annual Conference that will launch a 6 month one-on-one mentorship experience. DILT emphasizes regular communication between these established leaders (mentors) and emerging leaders (mentees) to foster self-direction, self-reflection, and embracing challenge. The relationships between mentors and mentees can extend beyond geographic boundaries, explore various areas of interest, and provide exposure to opportunities available in the field. Based on the applicant pool, a limited number of pairs are matched based on experience, area of interest, personality, geography, and/or professional affiliations by the Dance/USA DILT Selection Committee. There are three main elements to this program that all participants will engage with.

Annual Conference Seminar
During the Dance/USA Annual Conference all Mentors and Mentees will gather for group training to better get acquainted with their match and get further leadership training as a group. This training will take place on Wednesday, June 8, 2016 in Austin, TX. All Mentees must also stay for the full duration of the Conference and will be able to participate in all Conference activities.

Monthly Meetings
Dance/USA emphasizes consistent one-on-one communication, 2 hours per month, between Mentors and Mentees for the duration of the program. Dance/USA recommends alternative methods of communication to assist pairs that stretch geographic boundaries (Skype, Google Hangouts, etc.). Meetings should be scheduled and driven by the Mentee.

Site Visit
Dance/USA began the site visit element of the program in 2015. This grew from initiatives that participants took the year before to better shadow and learn from the Mentor at their home organization. Mentees will be awarded a travel stipend to participate in at least one site-visit where the Mentee will travel to the Mentor’s organization between June & December 2016. Mentors and Mentees who live in close proximity to each other’s organization can choose to also participate in a co-learning workshop or festival that they both attend, should the travel stipend not be fully utilized during a visit.

You should apply if you identify as an emerging leader and fall under at least 3 of the following categories. You:
  • are a dance artist and/or arts administrator.
  • consider yourself a leader and are looking for an opportunity to lead within the dance sector.
  • are looking for ways to move to the next level in your career in the dance field.
  • have specific needs and goals related to the dance field that cannot be met with your current resources or within your current networks.
  • want to actively engage your mentoring opportunities for the sake of your desired progression in the dance field.
  • have experienced barriers to advancement toward leadership in the dance field based on your age, ethnicity, gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, socio-economic status or other aspects of your social identity.
  • demonstrate a willingness to take personal and professional risks in order to further your career in the dance field.
  • intend to initiate dialogue with your Mentor and engage in self-reflection.
  • possess the ability to self-direct, openness to challenges and opportunities, and a genuine interest in building a stronger career in the dance field.

DILT participants will be selected by a panel made up of members of the DILT Selection Committee and Dance/USA staff. When considering applicants, our main focus will be:
  • Purpose | Dance/USA hopes to strengthen leadership within the professional dance field by supporting a varied group of emerging dance leaders through enhancement of their leadership skills, enlargement of their professional networks, and improvement of their knowledge and access to existing resources.
  • Need | This opportunity is for those who are looking for support in advancing their career towards being a leader. We hope to identify applicants who stand to gain the most from this opportunity.
  • Desire | The ideal participant would be excited about the idea of having an impact on the dance field and wants to take on the role of being a leader, and mentor to future generations. You must be willing to participate in a program that is self-driven and take your own initiative.
  • Viability | Applicant must be able to fully participate in DILT and commit to completing the program from start to finish to include monthly meetings with your Mentor, attendance of the 2016 Annual Conference, 2 check-in meetings with Dance/USA staff, and completion of all requested evaluations of the program activities. Accepted candidates must agree to NOT participate in other mentorship related programs during the duration of the 2016 Institute for Leadership Training.