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Dean Sue Stinson attends 2012 Global Dance Summit

Sue Stinson & Karen Bond
With Colleague Dr. Karen Bond (left), waiting for the Processional to the opening ceremony to begin.  Sue is holding a dragon lantern; these were provided to all delegates to light during the ceremony.
On July 14-20, 2012, Dr. Sue Stinson, Interim Dean of the School of Music, Theatre and Dance, attended the 2012 Global Dance Summit on the campus of the Taipei National University of the Arts. The event was jointly sponsored by the World Dance Alliance (WDA) and Dance and the Child International (daCi) and featured scholarly presentations, project dialogues, workshops, and performances. The summit was the first collaboration between the two organizations, with a conference theme of Dance, Young People, and Change. Nearly 1,000 delegates hailing from every continent attended the conference, including several groups of young people who were not only featured in multiple performances but also participated in their own workshops and creative events.

The primary aim of the conference was to explore the role of dance in education, the global community, and the lives of young people. In addition to fifty-five different sessions of papers and panels, delegates could also participate in workshops and master classes in a variety of dance forms and related disciplines, including ballet, hip-hop, Australian Aboriginal Contemporary Dance, Classical Chinese dance, Tai Chi, and yoga. Conference participants were also able to attend performances by many professional dance companies, most notably the Cloud Gate Dance Theatre, as well as performances by more than twenty-five groups of young dancers, ranging in age from four to eighteen years old.

Dancing at the closing ceremony
Dancing at the closing ceremony included a traditional Taiwanese harvest dance.  Young people attending the conference had learned the dance in a workshop earlier in the week and led their elders.
Dr. Stinson, a founding member of daCi, has attended all of the triennial international conferences sponsored by daCi since its launch in 1978 and has served in multiple leadership roles for the organization.  At the Taipei conference, she presented two papers:  “What’s Worth Assessing in K-12 Dance Education?” and “Dance as Art, Experience and Knowledge: A Case Study of Undergraduate Student Experience.”  She will be serving as English language editor for the forthcoming conference proceedings, which will include papers in Mandarin.

For more information about the conference, visit http://www.daciwdaintaiwan.org. For more information about daCi and future events, visit http://www.daciusa.com/.

Dr. Stinson’s trip was sponsored in part by the International Travel Fund (ITF). For more information about ITF, see below.

arrowFaculty funding for international activities

The International Travel Fund (ITF), created by the Provost’s Office, supports ca. 50 UNCG faculty members per year to present their work at international conferences outside North America.  Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and processed typically within two weeks of receipt.  Owing to the popularity of this fund, faculty are highly encouraged to apply as soon as they receive notification that their presentations have been accepted. Faculty may apply once per year every two out of three years.  To see who received funding for international conferences for the 2011-12 fiscal year, click here and for those who have been awarded this year to date, here. Details about applying can be found at the following website: http://www.uncg.edu/ipg/travelfunds.html.

A portion of the Kohler Fund, established in 1991 with a bequest from the estate of Phyllis Penn Kohler, class of 1930, is dedicated to supporting faculty internationalization efforts in six areas (research, teaching, internationalizing the curriculum, student programs, special projects and institutional linkages).  Faculty are encouraged to submit proposals by the deadline that falls ca. 6 weeks before the proposed event or travel. To facilitate faculty submissions the Committee now has four deadlines per year for all six areas. This year’s deadlines are September 21, October 26, January 18 and March 22. Details about the procedure for applying and the forms need can be found the IPC website at http://www.uncg.edu/ipg/fundingopportunities.html.

To see others who received a Kohler in the 2011-12 fiscal year, click here. We look forward to receiving and reviewing this year’s proposals.

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