Friday, December 7, 2012

Open Letter from Collective for Dance Writing and New Media

Open Letter
from Collective for Dance Writing and New Media

Dear friends,

We want to inform you that we, the members of CollectiveDWNM's Executive Committee, have made the tough decision to disband.

Although we strongly believe in CollectiveDWNM's vision and mission--statements derived from numerous discussions with members of the dance and dance writing communities--we regret that we have been unable to motivate active community commitment to the effort of stabilizing and developing a grassroots, activist organization to advocate for dance writers.

Over several months, we have suffered the loss of many members of our Executive Committee and Leadership Circle (internship program) to increasingly busy lives. We have had to step back and assess the sad fact that we lack the personnel and resources necessary for even the most basic steps toward our goals.

After distributing honoraria to guest speakers from our "Writing on Tap" forum at American Tap Dance Center and our Open House at the Gibney Dance Center, we are left with a small amount of funds from admissions and membership fees. We will contribute these funds to a community organization.

A few of us hope to reschedule, on an independent basis, a couple of the events postponed due to Hurricane Sandy or planned for the future, and we will keep you posted on these developments. If you can, please come and enjoy them!

We wish you a marvelous holiday season and a New Year of peace and renewal!

All the best,

Eva Yaa Asantewaa
with Hayley Muth and Dale Amanda O'Reilly
Executive Committee
Collective for Dance Writing and New Media

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