2018 Conference

January 18th – 20th, 2018 

111 2nd Avenue, New York, NY 10003, USA

2018 WID Leadership Conference Program

Review of 2018 Women in Dance Leadership Conference

Keynote Speaker – LIZ LERMAN

About Liz Lerman

Liz Lerman is a choreographer, performer, writer, educator and speaker. She founded Liz Lerman Dance Exchange in 1976 and cultivated the company’s unique multi-generational ensemble into a leading force in contemporary dance until 2011, when she handed the artistic leadership of the company over to the next generation of Dance Exchange artists. Liz has been the recipient of numerous honors, including a 2002 MacArthur “Genius Grant” Fellowship, a 2011 United States Artists Ford Fellowship in Dance, and the 2014 Dance/USA Honor Award. Her work has been commissioned by Harvard Law School, the Lincoln Center, American Dance Festival, and the Kennedy Center among many others.


Featured Presenter – SIDRA BELL

About Sidra Bell

Sidra Bell Dance New York, is a boutique brand of prolific movement illustrators based in New York City that presents and fosters innovative and progressive dance theater in a world of ideas.




Featured Soloists 

Lori Belilove‘s direct lineage and prestigious performing career have earned her an international reputation as the premier interpreter and ambassador of the dance of Isadora Duncan. 


Indya Childs was named one of the “Top 25 to Watch” by Dance Magazine in 2015. She is currently a company member of T Lang Dance Company in Atlanta, GA


Tzveta Kassabova is a Bulgarian-born independent choreographer, costume designer, and installation artist. She was named one of the”Top 25 to Watch” by Dance Magazine in 2012.


Vendetta Mathea is originally from Detroit and graduated from the Juilliard School before she moved to France. She is currently the Artistic Director of La Manufracture, a dance conservatory in Aurillac, France.


Blakeley White-McGuire performs and collaborates with multi-disciplinary artists in performance research. She teaches Modern dance technique and repertory internationally. Critically acclaimed as a Principal dancer with the Martha Graham Dance Company (2001-2016, Guest Artist 2017), she has embodied the most iconic roles of 20th Century Modern Dance.


Yin Yue, born and raised in Shanghai, China, is internationally recognized as a versatile performer and choreographer.


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