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2015 Women in Dance Leadership Conference

Posted By Emilie E. Bowman, Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations, Wednesday, October 07, 2015

2015 Women in Dance Leadership Conference

October 29, 2015 – November 1, 2015


The Women in Dance Leadership’s mission is to investigate, explore, and reflect on women’s leadership by representing innovative and multicultural dance work to celebrate, develop, and promote women’s leadership in dance making, dance related fields, and other male dominated professions.

Inspired by the unique circumstances of having women in leadership in the dance community in Baton Rouge, LA, this biannual festival will investigate, explore, and reflect on women’s leadership by inviting world-renowned dance makers/ artists /scholars /directors to Baton Rouge for a 4-day festival from October 29th – November 1st, 2015. The event will feature keynote speakers, master classes, process sessions, film screening, performances, and discussion panels that will include LANO’s own President and CEO Kelly Pepper. This festival will identify Baton Rouge as a viable location for national conferences in women’s leadership development, serve to promote women’s leadership development, and as a catalyst for cultivation of an ongoing dialogue within all performing arts communities in the U.S. For additional information on the Women in Leadership conference and to register please visit,

Keynote and Guest Honorary Speakers:

Dr. Susan Foster


Dr. Foster is a Choreographer, dancer, and writer, who began presenting concerts of her own work in 1977. Since that time she has created several solo concerts which she has toured in the United States, Canada, and Europe. She is the author of Reading Dancing (University of California Press, 1986), Choreography and Narrative (Indiana University Press, 1996) and Dances That Describe Themselves: The Improvised Choreography of Richard Bull (Wesleyan University Press, 2003). She is also editor of Choreographing History (Indiana, 1995) and Corporealities (Routledge, 1996).

Dr. Ann Dils



Ann Dils, PhD, is a dance historian with strong interests in movement analysis, feminist research methods, and cultural studies. The current chair of the Department of Dance at UNC Charlotte, Dr. Dils has chaired the Program in Women’s and Gender Studies at UNC Greensboro and served as president of the Congress on Research in Dance and editor of Dance Research Journal. She is co-director of Accelerated Motion: Towards a New Dance Literacy, an online resource for the study of dance history, and co-edited the collections Dance, Place, and Identity (2008) and Moving History/ Dancing Cultures (2001).

Karole Armitage




Karole Armitage is the Artistic Director of the New York-based Armitage Gone! Dance Company founded in 2004. She was rigorously trained in classical ballet and began her professional career as a member of the Ballet du Grand Théâtre de Genève, Switzerland (1973-1975), a company devoted exclusively to the repertory of George Balanchine. In 1976, she was invited to join Merce Cunningham’s company, where she remained for five years, (1975-1981) performing leading roles in Cunningham’s landmark works. Through her unique and acute knowledge of the aesthetic values of Balanchine and Cunningham, Armitage has created her own “voice” in the dichotomy of classical and modern dance, and is seen by some critics as the true choreographic heir to the two masters of 20th century American dance.

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