The Most Influential People in Dance Today: Michael M. Kaiser

When a dance company is in trouble, Michael M. Kaiser is the man to call. He’s helped wipe out deficits at Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, American Ballet Theatre and the Royal Opera House, and now consults for organizations worldwide as chairman of the DeVos Institute of Arts Management. At a time when arts funding […]

The Most Influential People in Dance Today: International Association for Dance Medicine & Science

The International Association for Dance Medicine & Science offers cutting-edge research, education and training to enhance dancers’ health on a global stage. An annual conference by medical and dance professionals from 35 countries covers the latest advances in this specialty. Attendance is diverse, as more dancers enter the field. Anyone can download resource papers on […]

The Most Influential People in Dance Today: Glorya Kaufman

Q: Why donate millions to The Juilliard School and Ailey, plus an undisclosed sum to launch University of Southern California’s new Glorya Kaufman School of Dance? “I wish everyone would turn on the music and dance. It helps in so many ways to make life happier and more interesting.” Q: Do you feel the role […]

The Most Influential People in Dance Today: The Actors Fund

Got a problem? The Actors Fund can likely help. Many of the services it provides online or through its offices in New York City, Chicago and Los Angeles are completely free: • health insurance counseling • primary and specialty medical care and referrals through the new Friedman Health Center for the Performing Arts in Times […]

The Most Influential People in Dance Today: Larissa Saveliev

Not only has Larissa Saveliev made competition “acceptable” for ballet students, but her blockbuster Youth America Grand Prix has given those students a chance to measure themselves against peers from across the world—and be seen by directors. More than 450 YAGP alums are currently dancing in professional companies around the world. Read the rest of […]

The Most Influential People in Dance Today: Christy Bolingbroke

It isn’t every day—or year, or even decade—that a dedicated choreography incubator opens its doors. As founding executive/artistic director at the National Center for Choreography at the University of Akron, Christy Bolingbroke says, “I have an opportunity to locate dance in a research and development environment, and reinforce the fact that what a choreographer does […]

The Most Influential People in Dance Today: The Harkness Foundation for Dance

The breadth of support the New York City dance community receives from The Harkness Foundation for Dance is staggering: over $30 million to more than 560 organizations, from creators and presenters to education and dance medicine programs. The Foundation recently pledged to give $1 million each to Brooklyn Academy of Music, The Joyce Theater, New […]

The Most Influential People in Dance Today: Gilda Squire

Gilda Squire got her first lessons in branding at the investment firm Goldman Sachs. Today she manages ballet’s most visible star: Misty Copeland. Squire’s approach to Copeland’s endorsements and outside commitments, carefully crafted with the ballerina, has established a new professional framework for dancers, one that straddles a range of media platforms and opportunities. After […]

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