Seminars, Lectures & Panel Discussions
Presented by Susan Epstein
If you’re organizing a conference or convention, leading a class or workshop, if you’re an educator or student who would like to learn more, these and other presentations and series are available for public learning. My workshops and classes can be expanded or customized to fit your situation. Please contact me to discuss your particular needs and let’s see what we can create.
Sustainable Careers, Strategies for keeping dance in your life forever
A sustainable career in dance arts today requires a multi pronged approach. In this class, we’ll discuss personal, artistic and professional branding, finances, dreams, goals, lifestyle choices, budgets, taxes, ethics, copyrights, licensing issues and the internet, building your community and setting priorities specifically aimed for those thinking about creating a dance career. We’ll also look at the skills and many hats a dancer needs to wear to successfully navigate the system. I’ll share tools and resources to achieve success and customize my class to each and every student in attendance, with emphasis on the 5 P’s: Proper preparation prevents poor performance. This class is geared toward college juniors and seniors, or those looking to learn more about personal planning.
Teaching Dance, 3 Communities
Teaching is a key part of a dancer’s career. Dance can also make a profound impact in our society. This class discusses how dance can be used to address these important issues – everything from using the art form to inspire to using dance to create community, mutual respect and inclusiveness, and so much more. We will look at teaching in the Private Sector, teaching for Social Change, Disabilities and Diversity and teaching in Public Schools.
Specific examples and detailed resources for teacher training in these areas are a key component of the class. Designed for dancers contemplating teaching, we’ll discuss the environment, what to expect, the challenges and the rewards.
Dance Colleges and Careers: Things you should know to help your dancers follow their dreams, and discover their future
Specifically aimed for Dance Teachers, parents and teens, this presentation is designed to give information and tools to help guide teen dancers and their parents to demystify the college dance scene, understand the myriad of dance career choices and help them discover a pathway that will let them keep dance in their lives, forever. Some of the topics touched on:
- Why go to college for dance
- What to look for when evaluating dance programs
- Preparing for the audition and college visit
- What you can do to help prepare students and parents for the college dance experience
- Careers in dance – pursuing parallel careers
- Financial aid/scholarships
- The application process
It’s Not a Fall Back Position, It’s a Parallel Career – a Discussion
Meant as a jumping off point, and to stimulate discussion, this presentation is designed for dance educators to think about how they can influence students – and not only teach them about career choices, but validate, advocate and empower them as well.
“I am You” a Dancers Journey Through Life and Fashion
A powerful way for students to learn is by examining the careers of others. In this presentation I will discuss my own pathway from dancing to entrepreneur, interwoven with the history of dance fashions and catalogs.
These and other presentations are available for your class or organization. Workshops and classes can be expanded or customized to fit your situation. Contact me to discuss your particular needs.
Susan presents seminars at venues such as
Southern Methodist University
National Dance Education Organization
The Pulse Teacher Workshop
Dance Teachers Unite
Texas University – San Marcos
Brooklyn Dance Festival