A live Zoom panel moderated by Tamica Washington-Miller with special guests Michael Novak and Kyle Abraham
Shaping a New Generation of Dance: How Companies Evolve in Times of Change features a conversation with three dynamic dance influencers: Kyle Abraham, Michael Novak and moderator Tamica Washington-Miller, who discuss the transition dance companies face as they tackle unexpected challenges, ranging from the impact of COVID-19 to the death of a founder. These esteemed dance experts address issues that dramatically impact how companies must operate in order to survive in today’s world.
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About the Panelists
Lula Washington Dance Theatre
Ms. Washington-Miller is the director of programs for both the Lula Washington Dance School and the Dance Company. Much of her work involves community outreach, including the Summer Dance Camps and Intensives, Master Class series, choreographers' showcases, annual youth dance recitals, holiday and Kwanzaa celebrations, as well as house events. Alongside coordinating these programs and events, Ms. Washington-Miller also helps oversee the LWDT Youth Dance Ensemble and manages bookings and scheduling for performances, rehearsals and acquisition of choreography.
Choreographer and artistic director of A.I.M.
Recently featured in O, The Oprah Magazine; Kinfolk; and Vogue Italia; 2018 Princess Grace Statue Award recipient and Lincoln Center Education Artist in Residence Mr. Abraham is a 2013 MacArthur Fellow and 2016 Doris Duke recipient. Mr. Abraham began his dance training at the Civic Light Opera Academy and the Creative and Performing Arts High School in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He continued his dance studies in New York, receiving a BFA from SUNY Purchase and an MFA from NYU Tisch School of the Arts, an honorary Doctorate in Fine Arts from Washington Jefferson College, and is currently serving as a visiting professor in residence at UCLA. Mr Abraham is the founding Artistic Director of A.I.M, an American contemporary dance company, created in honor his history, experiences and artistic interests.
Paul Taylor Dance Company
Michael Novak became only the second Artistic Director in the history of the Paul Taylor Dance Foundation in September 2018, upon the death of Founding Artistic Director Paul Taylor the previous month. Mr. Novak was a member of the Paul Taylor Dance Company from 2010-2019.
Raised in Rolling Meadows, IL, Mr. Novak began studying dance at age 10. At 12, he developed a severe speech impediment that required intensive therapy. Dance became a liberating and vital force for self-expression. “I wanted nothing more than to achieve in dancing that sense of effortlessness and grace that were so difficult for me to find while speaking aloud,” he said. “With dancing, there were no limits to what I could express.” In 2001, Mr. Novak was offered a Presidential Scholarship to attend The University of the Arts in Philadelphia to pursue training in jazz and ballet. The following year, he undertook an apprenticeship at the Pennsylvania Academy of Ballet Society, where he remained until 2004.