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Dance 2050: A ThinkTank for Dance in Higher Education   

Vision Statement

Social, educational, technological, economic, and artistic changes, innovations, and challenges emerging in the 21st Century suggest the need for a re-envisioning of dance in higher education. The blind reviewed think tank entitled “DANCE 2050: What is the Future of Dance in Higher Education?” formed in 2011, met in the years 2012, 2013, and 2014, and deeply examined the roots, current state, and future projections for dance in academia. The goal has been “to function proactively, articulating and substantiating potentially radical innovation in dance in higher education, while fostering the leadership required to forge structural change” (Kolcio, 2013).

Dance 2050 Writing Committee (since May 2013)

Barbara Angeline, M.A., Rutgers - The State UniversityDance 2050
Luke C. Kahlich, Ed.D. Emeritus, Temple University
Robin Lakes, M.F.A., University of North Texas
Marissa Nesbit, M.F.A., Ph.D., East Carolina University
Lynnette Young Overby, Ph.D., University of Delaware
Address correspondence to:
Professor Robin Lakes
Department of Dance and Theatre
University of North Texas
1155 Union Circle #310607, Denton, TX 76203-5017
office phone: 940-369-8686
Additional Contributions | DANCE 2050/Wesleyan University Participants, May 27-29, 2014
The Writing Committee presented a draft of this document at the Wesleyan University think tank gathering, and attendees contributed to the language and content.
Donna R. Davenport - Hobart & William Smith Colleges
Ellen Gerdes - UCLA (doctoral candidate)
Lisa Gibbs - University of Alabama (doctoral candidate)
Melissa Hauschild-Mork - South Dakota State University
Susan R. Koff - New York University
Katja Kolcio - Wesleyan University
Susan Lee - Northwestern University
Diane McGhee Valle - University of South Carolina
Susan McGreevy-Nichols – National Dance Education Organization
Ray Miller - Appalachian State University
Hannah Park - Lander University
Missy Pfohl Smith- University of Rochester
Cynthia Roses-Thema - Arizona State University
Sheryl Saterstrom - St. Olaf College
Karen Schupp - Arizona State University
Elizabeth Shea - Indiana University
Juanita Suarez - SUNY Brockport
Jessica Van Oort - St. Gregory's University
Anne Wilcox - New York State Dance Education Association
Catherine Young - Boston Conservatory
Other Writing Contributors
Linda Caldwell - Texas Woman's University
Susan Kirchner - Towson University
DANCE 2050 Co-Founders
Thomas K. Hagood - Cambria Press/URBANEediting
Luke Kahlich - Temple University (Emeritus)
This completed document was presented to DANCE 2050 participants at the 2014 National Dance Education Organization (NDEO) National Conference in Chicago, IL. Those attending, along with those contributing electronically, reviewed the document and voted to accept it as a shared vision of those participating in the blind reviewed DANCE 2050 project. In addition, this Vision document was shared at the NDEO 2015 National Conference in Phoenix during the Membership Breakfast, as well as during several sessions during conference.
Photo courtesy of the Dance Program, Northwestern University.