September 15-17, 2017 at Dance Loft on 14

The 2017 DC Dance Summit will bring the regional dance community together for two and a half days of workshops, classes, panel discussions and networking, and performances. This exciting convening will focus on celebrating the diversity of the regional dance community, PREPARING FOR THE SEASON AHEAD, identifying ways TO work together to continue strengthening our network, and engaging together in the national conversation about racial equity.

The 2017 DC Dance Summit is hosted by Dance Loft on 14, and made possible by a grant from DC Commission on Arts and Humanities to Diana Movius, and financial and in-kind support from Dance Metro DC.  The summit reflects additional input, collaboration, and in-kind support by International Association of Blacks in Dance, Atlas Performing Arts Center and Douglas Yeuell, Joy of Motion, Dance Exchange, Dance Place, Ballet Nova, Indian Dance Educators Association, and Kennedy Center Dance Programming.

Summer 2017 masterclass at Dance Loft with Aaron Jackson (photo by Alvaro Palau)

Summer 2017 masterclass at Dance Loft with Aaron Jackson (photo by Alvaro Palau)

masterclasses at all levels

Come take class in so many styles! You can dance ALL DAY at the Summit.

  • Ballet
  • Contemporary
  • Modern
  • Step
  • Indian
  • African
  • Movement generation
  • Feldenkrais
  • Fun, low-stress sampler classes

open audition, open marley, and open discussion spaces

  • Attend an "open audition" to get to know local choreographers and meet fellow dancers, and be considered for future dancing opportunities.
  • Bring a work-in-progress to "open marley night" to share choreography with peers, or be an audience member getting a preview of new works!
  • Open dialogues between DC's presenters, directors, choreographers and all participants will offer the chance to network, find out what's happening in 17-18, offer feedback and perspectives, and more!
  • Share your calendar and activities for 2017-2018 in these open-format roundtables. Network to find your next venue, lighting designer, dancer, or more!

Participatory workshop with DanceExchange

Participatory workshop with DanceExchange

professional development trainings, featuring an "undoing racism" workshop on race and dance

  • All members of the DC area dance community to engage in the national conversation about anti-racism by participating in a FREE anti-racism training session hosted by Dance Metro DC and facilitated by organizers from the People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond. This anti-racism training will be a central piece of the Summit and is intended for artists, administrators, educators and anyone who engages with community members as part of their work in dance. The aim of this  is to increase awareness of ongoing equity issues in our community and to bring local dance practitioners into the national conversation about racial equity (Saturday, September 16 @ 9:30am-2:30pm)
  • Fundraising for Dancers with Stephen Clapp
  • Dance Journalism workshop
  • Participatory dance-making workshop with DanceExchange
  • Board member panel