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.
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.
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.
WHO SHOULD APPLY?
You should apply if you identify as an emerging leader and fall under at least 3 of the following categories. You:
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: