Dance/USA invites self-identifying early-career dance leaders to apply for the Dance/USA 2024 Institute for Leadership Training (DILT), a mentee-driven national dance mentorship and leadership development program. Mentee applications are due by Friday, December 1, 2023 at 11:59pm PST.
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The Dance/USA Institute for Leadership Training (DILT) is a mentee-driven national dance mentorship and leadership development program. The overarching goal of the program is to build the leadership and resiliency skills of early-career dance leaders who represent the vast scope of the national dance community. DILT has a specific focus on supporting individuals who identify as Black, Indigenous, and People of Color; as Disabled; and as queer, transgender, agender, gender fluid, genderqueer. All are welcome to apply regardless of one’s membership status with Dance/USA.
DILT emphasizes regular communication between established leaders (mentors) and early-career leaders (mentees) to foster self-direction and self-reflection. Mentors are identified after the mentees have been selected; allowing for thoughtful pairing of mentees with mentors who will truly aid in the mentees’ needs and goals. The relationships between mentors and mentees extend beyond geographic boundaries, explore various areas of interest, foster community and connections, and provide exposure to opportunities available in the field. A limited number of pairs are matched based on experience, area of interest, geography, and/or professional affiliations by the Dance/USA DILT Selection Panel.