October 2018 In Dance

community news Margaret Jenkins Dance Company Announces 2019 CHIME Choreographers in Mentorship

Book Announcement: Can You See Me Flying? Memoir of an Aerial Dance Pioneer In her newly published memoir, Terry Sendgraff recounts the twists and turns of her life and career. Combining gymnastics, dance, and improvisa- tion, Terry created performance art on trapezes, bungees, slings, stilts, a bicycle, and a child’s bed. Through her innovative teaching, performing, and choreography, Terry broadened the definition of dance. Terry Sendgraff has been a promi- nent figure in the Bay Area dance com- munity since 1975. She consistently developed innovative and exciting new ways to dance and was the first to dis- cover the movement vocabulary pos- sible when integrating low flying tra- pezes with movement improvisation. Terry’s career as a performer, choreog- rapher, and master teacher spanned five decades. Her early experimental and improvisational performances blended spontaneity and creativity. In “Year of Sundays,” Terry performed for 52 consecutive Sundays. She also founded and directed Fly By Nite, a women’s trapeze troupe; the Motiv- ity Company; Women Walking Tall, a women’s stilt dancing project, and the Motivity Aerial Dancers. Her work was featured as part of the National Aerial Dance Festival in Colorado, the Michigan Women’s Music Festival, and Women Who Fly in San Francisco. Terry has influenced several gen- erations of dancers who now include aerial choreography in a variety of

The Wallace Foundation Names Bahia Ramos as New Director of Arts As Director of Arts, Ramos now leads both the arts program unit and the interdisciplinary team responsible for the strategic design and implementa- tion of Wallace’s initiatives in the arts. Ramos most recently served as National Director/Arts at the Miami- based John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. In its Building Audiences for Sustain- ability initiative, Wallace is working with 25 performing arts organizations to develop practical insights into how arts organizations can successfully expand their audiences in ways that also contribute to their long-term financial health. As field efforts in the initiative enter their final phase over the next year or so, Ramos will lead the development of the strategy for the next round of Wallace’s work in the arts. Ramos will also lead Wallace’s work in arts education, which seeks to increase the equitable access to high-quality arts education for young people, especially those in high-pov- erty urban areas. Currently, that effort supports the Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s Youth Arts Initiative, which is testing innovative afterschool and summer arts programming for young people in their middle-school years. wallacefoundation.org

Patrick Makuakāne receives SF Arts Commission Artistic Legacy Grant On September 20, 2018 the San Fran- cisco Arts Commission presented its second Artistic Legacy Grant to Patrick Makuakāne of Nā Lei Hulu I Ka Wēkiu, which included a live performance choreographed by Makuakāne. The annual grant of $40,000 acknowl- edges the impact of an artistic director that has served a vital San Francisco organization for 25 years or more and has a history of working to educate the broader community on the importance of their culture and/or artistic genre. sfartscommission.org See related article starting on pg 3

dance genres. She is recognized nationally as a pioneer of the form now known as aerial dance. She is credited with the introduction of the single point trapeze that expanded aerial movement possibilities. In Terry’s quest to “dance my own dance,” she has mentored hundreds of students toward that same goal. Her unique- ness and personal style have impacted all those who have worked with her. San Francisco Ballet Executive Director Glenn McCoy to Retire Following the 2019 Season San Francisco Ballet has announced that Glenn McCoy will retire as the organization’s longtime executive director following the 2019 Season. McCoy’s retirement will conclude a more than 30-year career during which he led the Ballet to financial strength and operational excellence. “Working for the Ballet these thirty plus years has been the greatest honor and pleasure of my life, but the time has come for me to step aside,” McCoy said. “My greatest wish is that San Francisco Ballet continues to prosper and be held in the highest regard.” His retirement plans include a move to Sonoma. sfballet.org Available for purchase on amazon.com

Exchange (CHIME) is a mentorship program for professional choreogra- phers. Participants receive significant support over one year to establish and explore a working relationship that includes, but is not limited to, work in the studio. Based on the core beliefs that open communication between dance-mak- ers of different generations is vital to the health of the field and that artists should be fairly compensated for their work, CHIME has provided significant support to established and emerging choreographers working together in sustained mentorship relationships over the course of a program year. Over the course of a year, CHIME Mentees receive: direct mentor- ship from Margaret Jenkins; a grant for their participation in the program; 80 hours of free rehearsal space at the MJDL; opportunity to participate in three Residency Weekends facilitated by guest artists and Jenkins at the MJDL; and opportunity to participate in at least one open showing (CHIME Live!) of the material generated or developed during the year.

Applications due: Thu, Nov 15

More information and apply at mjdc.org/chime


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