Gottschild, a performer turned author, scholar, and self-described “cultural worker,” completed research and writing for her book, Joan Myers Brown & the Audacious Hope of the Black Ballerina: A Biohistory of Performance and Race, which was published by U.K. publisher Palgrave Macmillan in January 2012. Brown, who founded the Philadelphia School of Dance Arts in 1960, as well as the Philadelphia Dance Company (PHILADANCO) in 1970, grew up in Southwest Philadelphia, where she hoped to become a professional ballerina despite a ballet establishment that would not embrace African-Americans. Gottschild is a 2009 Leeway Foundation Transformation Award winner and the author of works such as Waltzing in the Dark (St. Martin’s Press, 2000) and The Black Dancing Body (Palgrave Macmillan, 2003). As it tells the story of Joan Myers Brown, her new book also tells the previously unwritten 20th-century dance history of black Philadelphia, one that has great potential to reach beyond the region to serve as a national model for other untold cultural stories, just beginning to emerge. “It may be the first time for a black dance community to have a book written about it from the inside out, reaching past the community to the larger world.” Palgrave Macmillan partnered with Dance/USA Philadelphia and other dance agencies to market the book to a range of institutions and organizations.
Susan Hess Modern Dance engaged Lucinda Childs and Simon Dove to mentor the resident choreographers of the SHMD Choreographers Project.
Promoting cultural exchanges between Ukrainians and the global community, Voloshky Ukrainian Dance Ensemble seeks to represent the country’s culture through dance.
On February 21, 2015, the Center launched our new multimedia online publication, A Steady Pulse: Restaging Lucinda Childs, 1963–78, at Danspace Project in New York City.
A number of Center-funded performances take the stage this spring.
Wendy Perron is a writer, dancer, choreographer, and editor-at-large of Dance Magazine. Perron is a former member of the Trisha Brown Company.
Lamont B. Steptoe is a poet and a 2006 Pew Fellow.
Known for innovation, creativity, and preservation of African-American traditions in dance, Philadanco has been dancing in the Philadelphia community since 1970.
Piffaro’s Music in New Spain project explored music resulting from Spain’s encounter with indigenous civilizations in Central and South America during its 16th-century imperial expansion.
Lisa Yancey is an organizational development consultant who specializes in development/fundraising planning, strategic organizational planning, and senior project management for nonprofit arts institutions.
Voloshky Ukrainian Dance Ensemble presented a home season program featuring Ukrainian costumes and live music by violinist Vasyl Popadiuk.
Joseph Cashore is a puppeteer and a 1996 Pew Fellow.
Caribbean-American dancer-choreographer Tania Isaac (Pew Fellow, 2011) fuses choreography with personal documentary and social commentary.