The National Center for Choreography at The University of Akron (NCCAkron) and ​The University of Akron School of Dance, Theatre, and Arts Administration ​(DTAA) are proud to announce ​Ideas in Motion​, ​a joint initiative ​supported by NCCAkron, The University of Akron, The University of Akron Foundation, and the Mary Schiller Myers Lecture Series in the Arts.

The first rollout of this three-pronged initiative is a new survey series called 21st Century Dance Practices, with classes led by some of the most exciting dance artists working today. Each spring beginning in 2020, nine artists will visit DTAA’s Modern V-VIII course with some classes being opened up to students from other disciplines to drop in as well. The Spring 2020 artists are pictured above — from left to right, Samantha Speis, Brian Brooks, Dianne McIntyre, Liz Lerman, Raja Feather Kelly, Taja Will, Mustapha Braimah, Nicole Klaymoon, and Compagnie Hervé Koubi.

An ongoing series of interviews with 21st Century Dance Practices artists, titled Inside the Dancer’s Studio, ​is open to all. This series of free lunchtime talks explores creativity, the craft of choreography, and navigating an artistic career. Click here to learn more about Inside the Dancer's Studio.

“This is such a rich opportunity for students and faculty alike — perhaps once in a lifetime,” says Valerie Ifill​, Assistant Professor of Dance at DTAA.

The second rollout of this initiative is an annual Community Commissioning Residency. In 2020, this residency has been awarded to Cara Hagan (Boone, NC). Hagan was selected for her choreographic research involving working in film, social justice activism, and community engagement. 

For more on Ideas in Motion, read our press release on the launch here,  and read our press release on Cara Hagan's residency here.

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