So it was with more than a little sense of reflection that I participated in this 2009 conference that by all accounts and daily news updates should have seemed like a wake. But such was not the case. This year, I witnessed a conference with representatives from as far away as Australia and Norway travelling to share ideas, concerns and a vision for dance with their American colleagues. I witnessed an industry that operates at all points with such fiscal constraints that the current economic situation is somewhat familiar territory. Ours is not an industry of excess. Ours is not an industry that is static. Through the very expression of dance itself, our industry engaged in planning conversation that reflected innovation, energy and the willingness to expand or contract to reflect the people that make our art, and those receiving the word of our dance makers, dancers and other supporting artists.
So what did our industry discuss this year? Music rights and royalties, technology/new media, visa processing for international exchange, legislation impacting our industry, current trends in fundraising, audience engagement…and all of this was topped off with the joy of friendships now over a decade old and many wonderful opportunities to enjoy dance in Houston.