Safeguarding in Dance: How to Educate and Empower Against Sexual Abuse and Harassment

Friday June 23rd at 10:00AM EDT

Join IADMS for this important conversation on safeguarding dance students and professionals from sexual abuse and harassment in the classroom and workplace. In this webinar, we will hear from a number of esteemed panelists about our collective responsibility to respond to sexual violence in dance. This discussion is targeted to dance teachers, artistic directors, all dance company/school staff, and dancers.

This webinar is open to the public for any who wish to remain anonymous in their attendance. IADMS will not be collecting the emails or information of the attendees.

Neither IADMS or any of the panelists are authorized to provide medical or legal advice during this panel discussion. If you or someone you know have been a victim of sexual violence please reach out to your local authorities to report the incident(s) immediately. There are anonymous ways to report abuse, including RAINN (US-based). Other resources can be found on Personal Safety for Dancers.

Hosted by the IADMS Executive Director, Leigh Ponniah, IADMS Dance Educator Committee co-Chair Joe Bowie, and committee members Ellie Kusner.

Panelists include:
Diane DeFries, Executive Director, American College Dance Association

Maggie Morris, Director, Safe in Dance International

Erin Sanchez, Manager of Health, Wellbeing, and Performance, One Dance UK

Endalyn Taylor, Dean of Dance, University of North Carolina School of the Arts

Mario Espinoza, LCSW, The Entertainment Community

Paula Thomson, PsyD, California State University Northridge

Nicole Perry, she/her(s), MFA, CLMA, Certified Intimacy Director and Coordinator, Visiting Assistant Professor of Dance at Florida Atlantic University. 

Renee Redding Jones, (she/her/hers), MFA, CLMA, Intimacy Director and Coordinator (IDC), Adjunct Professor, Tisch School of the Arts/Drama department, Senior Faculty at the Atlantic School for Acting