Just like humanity as a whole, dance is at a crossroads. Preserving the traditions that still provide value while pursuing progress expanding inclusivity is a challenge demanding our collective intellectual and spiritual energy. Wisdom and fairness must guide us in choosing what we keep and what we change.
Concert dance (ballet, modern, and contemporary) has a rich history full of beauty but steeped in elitism. Unlike its exclusive past, dance is now popular and accessible in ways never imagined, but sometimes at the expense of the art form’s creative integrity and educational value.
The urgent task of our time, as we see it, is embracing the exciting opportunities the modern era presents, preserving and honoring dance history and its trailblazers to inform our contemporary practice, and offering opportunities that maintain a level of excellence available to any person who hungers to participate – all to usher in a sustainable future.