News: October 2010 DT Notes

* Kathy Landau has been appointed executive director for the National Dance Institute. Landau, the parent of two NDI dancers, was previously president and founder of branding and design firm KL Concepts, Inc.


* In July, Tauna Hunter, chair of the Mercyhurst College dance department, received the Dance Artist Teacher’s Award at the Chautauqua Institution, a center for the arts, education, religion and recreation in Chautauqua, NY. 


* Patrick Armand has joined the staff of the San Francisco Ballet School as the trainee program principal. He conducts training for the pre-professional students, rehearses repertory and oversees their performances. Armand previously danced with the Ballet Theatre Français and Boston Ballet and has been the director of the Studio Ballet Colette Armand in Marseille since 2002.


* The 12th annual National Dance Education Organization Conference takes place October 20–24 in cooperation with Arizona Dance Education Organization and the Herberger Institute School of Dance at Arizona State University. The five-day conference for dance teachers in Tempe, AZ, includes events such as 92nd Street Y Dance Education Laboratory seminars on using digital tools in the classroom; technique and repertory classes with DT Lifetime Achievement Award winner Bill Evans; and workshops in flamenco and Native American hoop dance. Info and registration online:


* The Performing Arts Recovery Initiative, a grant program sponsored by the Open Society Foundations and managed by the Fund for the City of New York, has announced that $11 million in grants will go to 79 nonprofit music, theater and dance groups in New York City. Groups were chosen based on their artistic work, youth educational programs, employment of artists and contributions to NYC’s cultural life. Dance groups receiving grants include Ballet Hispanico, Mark Morris Dance Group and Dance Theatre of Harlem. Info:


Photo: Kathy Landau (courtesy of NDI)

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