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New Joint Initiative: Ideas in Motion

This spring, NCCAkron is welcoming some of the most exciting dance artists working today (all pictured here) to The University of Akron to teach in a new survey series called 21st Century Dance Practices.

This series is the first part of Ideas in Motion — a new collaboration between ​The University of Akron School of Dance, Theatre, and Arts Administration ​(DTAA), The University of Akron Foundation, and the Mary Schiller Myers Lecture Series in the Arts. 

Read more about Ideas in Motion here!

Spring 2020: Inside The Dancer's Studio

Join NCCAkron’s Executive/Artistic Director Christy Bolingbroke in Guzzetta Hall on The University of Akron campus this spring for Inside The Dancer’s Studio. This series of free lunchtime talks with today’s dance makers from all over explores creativity, the craft of choreography, and navigating an artistic career.

Participating artists include Samantha Speis (New York — pictured here in conversation with Bolingbroke), Brian Brooks (New York), Raja Feather Kelly (New York), Mustapha Braimah (Ghana/Ohio/North Carolina), Liz Lerman (Tempe, Arizona), Nicole Klaymoon (San Francisco), and Taja Will ​(Minneapolis) — all of whom will also be teaching at UAkron as part of the 21st Century Dance Practices series.



The next generation of great American choreographers needs space and time to develop the craft and explore the full potential of the creative process. The new National Center for Choreography at the University of Akron will fill that need, building on the resources of northeast Ohio to create works that inspire tomorrow's audiences.


— Alberto Ibargüen,

President of the Knight Foundation


If dance is to thrive, it's essential to have residency spaces coupled with a full range of support for choreographers. We first envisioned northeast Ohio with its enormous cultural, research, and physical space resources, and the University of Akron with its state-of-the-art dance studios, as having the potential to fill this gap. It's thrilling to see this vision take shape and help answer a critical need in the dance ecosystem. 

— Pam Young

Executive Director of DANCECleveland and Founding Board President at NCCAkron


The University of Akron is the region's most influential public research university, contributing to the resurgence of the local economy, providing a workforce highly trained in diverse disciplines, and known for an innovative approach to higher education. 

UA provides students with life-long skills, internships and co-ops, opportunities for academic research, education abroad, and service projects for diverse groups of learners.