2015 Conference

2015 Women in Dance Leadership Conference Program

Keynote Speaker:

Dr. Ann Dils, professor and Chair of the Department of Dance at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, is a dance historian with strong interests in movement analysis, feminist theory and research methods, and cultural studies. Dils has taught in the Department of Dance and the Women’s and Gender Studies Program at the University of North Carolina Greensboro and at Teacher’s College, Columbia University.  She served as Director of WGS at UNCG from 2010-2013.  Dils received the Dixie Durr Award for Outstanding Service to Dance Research from the Congress on Research in Dance (CORD) in 2010 and has been editor of Dance Research Journal and president of the Congress on Research in Dance.  A former dancer and choreographer, Dils received a PhD from the Department of Performance Studies, New York University, and an MA in Dance from The Ohio State University.


Featured Presenters:

  • ODC Dance Company from San Francisco, founded by Brenda Way in 1971 with three resident choreographers who have received Guggenheim, NEA American Masterpiece Award, 30 years of NEA fellowships and production grants, seven Isadora Duncan Dance Awards, two Nureyev Awards, a San Francisco Examiner Golden Slipper Award, and a Tony nomination. ODC has been hailed as “Best Dance Company” in the San Francisco Bay Guardian’s Best of the Bay 2002, 2005, 2006, 2009 and 2011 editions.

Featured Soloist:

  • Yin Mei is professor of dance in the Drama, Theatre and Dance Department and director of the dance program at Queens College, City University of New York. Yin Mei is an internationally known director, choreographer, and performance artist. Yin Mei received a Guggenheim Fellowship for Choreography in 2004 and has been named a Choreography Fellow from the New York Foundation for the Arts.


  • Amy Hall Garner is a graduate of The Juilliard School where she worked with choreographers Paul Taylor, David Parsons, and Lar Lubovitch. Mrs. Garner has worked with Ann Reinking, Susan Stroman, Chita Rivera, Savion Glover and the late Gwen Verdon. Mrs. Garner has taught and at Perry- Mansfield, American Ballet Theaters’ summer intensive, Broadway Dance Center, LaGuardia High School of the Performing Arts (NYC), and Rosie O’Donnell’s Marvel Arts Center (NYC). She is an adjunct instructor at New York University’s New Studio on Broadway at Tisch School of the Arts.


2015 Selected Choreographers

2015 Selected Scholars


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