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Men in Dance: Bridging the Gap

Thursday, June 29 - Saturday, July 1, 2017

West Virginia University College of Creative Arts

The first symposium focusing on dance as a lifelong vocation for both men and boys.


Inviting dance educators of all genders who want to share their experiences in teaching boys and men.


For lodging and travel information, click here.

MID 2017The male dancer has been present throughout history, but the significant lack of male dancers in the field has been and continues to be a question and a challenge. From early childhood dance and movement classes through secondary education and beyond, the dance world is faced with the question of how to attract more boys and men to the field. This problem is not limited to one genre of dance, age group, or country; the dilemma is global. This symposium seeks pragmatic solutions to address the dearth of male dancers in our studios, schools, and companies as students, professionals, and educators.

Proposals will be selected through a peer-reviewed non-blind adjudication process. The proposal submission period has closed. Thank you to all who submitted proposals. You will be notified of acceptance in late March.

Conference session types:

  • Best Practices / Personal Experiences / Research Paper Presentation - 30 minutes
  • Panel Presentation - 60 minutes
  • Movement/Experiential Workshop - 90 minutes for entire session (including any discussion)
  • Technique Class - 90 minutes
  • Planning / Brainstorming Session - 60 minutes
Paper presentations are welcome but we encourage proposals that are more experiential movement or panel oriented.

Information needed for proposal submission:
  • Contact information for lead presenters and all co-presenters
  • Presenter bios for all presenters (150 word limit each)
  • Presentation description (400 word limit)
  • Any audio or visual needs
Proposal Themes:
We are looking for proposals addressing the following themes: Masculinities; What Teachers Need to Know; Professional Dancers; Media, Culture, Socialization; and Developing Resources. For more on the themes, read the Call for Presenters.
Photo Credits: Photo by Lois Bernstein.