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Phil Chan currently serves as the Director of Administration for Youth America Grand Prix. He was the founding General Manager of the Buck Hill Skytop Music Festival, the largest arts presenting and arts education initiative in Northeastern Pennsylvania, and was the General Manager for Armitage Gone! Dance. As a writer, he has contributed to the Huffington Post, Dance Europe, Dancer Magazine, and FLATT Magazine. As a freelance manager, he represented dancers from American Ballet Theatre, New York City Ballet, Berlin State Opera Ballet, the Mariinsky Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, and has consulted for “Stars of the 21st Century,” producing ballet events at Lincoln Center, Bellas Artes (Mexico), Teatro Nacional de Panama (Panama), among others. He is a graduate of Carleton College, an alumnus of the Ailey School, and has performed with Salvatore LaRussa Dance Theater and Canadian Ballet Theatre. He served on the 2013 National Endowment for the Arts Dance Panel.

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An Expanding Universe: Paul Taylor's American Modern Dance

(0) Comments | Posted March 31, 2014 | 1:23 PM

At the center of the Flushing Meadows Park in Queens, New York, the shiny Unisphere sits as a relic of the controversial 1964 New York World's Fair. Dedicated to "Man's Achievements on a Shrinking Globe in an Expanding Universe," one of the themes of the Fair that year,...

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Steps Toward Diversity: Youth America Grand Prix

(0) Comments | Posted March 4, 2014 | 12:51 PM

At last year's Dance/USA conference, arts leaders from across the country engaged in conversations about diversity in the field of dance. As a community, we asked ourselves a simple question: How do we engage more artists, administrators, board leaders, and volunteers of color?


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Pushing Back the Cultural Desert

(1) Comments | Posted November 21, 2013 | 5:00 PM

"When a person first comes into the ballet he should come and see, come and discover. If you take a person to see a great painting in a gallery - to see a Michelangelo, for instance -- he might say, "So what? It's very boring, just a man standing there....

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Creativity Behind the Scenes: Preserving the Culture of Artistry

(0) Comments | Posted August 15, 2013 | 11:27 AM

The process of making sourdough bread has always fascinated me. A piece of the previous batch is retained (the "starter" for the next batch) and introduced to the new day's mix, transferring critical bacterial enzymes which gives sourdough bread its distinct flavor and texture. In theory, the enzymes can trace...

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Creativity Behind the Scenes: Institutional Marketing and Reality Television

(0) Comments | Posted July 15, 2013 | 11:58 AM

"There is no money in reality television. We made such a minor amount of money it wouldn't have made a dent in our bottom line from actual cashed earned. The bigger earning has been the institutional marketing." - Ballet West Artistic Director and "Breaking Pointe" cast member Adam Sklute

American's...

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Keeping New York City Dancing

(0) Comments | Posted June 4, 2013 | 4:15 PM

Dance supporters: take a look at this great article in the New York Times about how Dance/NYC is engaging New Yorkers to take a stand, launching a campaign to support our city's dance community. I am lucky enough to be part of this movement -- I am providing...

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Creativity Behind the Scenes: Developing the Craft for a 21st Century Audience

(0) Comments | Posted May 29, 2013 | 1:27 PM

I stumbled across this article about the Carlisle Project in Pennsylvania, a workshop for emerging choreographers. I found it fascinating that this question was already being asked in 1986: At this point, a generation of choreographers has been lost. Who will step up to take their place?

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Creativity Behind the Scenes: Marketing

(2) Comments | Posted March 19, 2013 | 11:57 AM

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(Pacific Northwest Ballet's Seth Orza, Carla Körbes, Maria Chapman and Lesley Rausch in George Balanchine's "Apollo." Photo by Lindsay Thomas.)


"You must be surrounded by creative people all day since you work in the arts!" When people say that to me, I...

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The Role of the Contemporary Critic

(4) Comments | Posted February 4, 2013 | 11:01 AM

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Premiere of Karole Armitage's "Mechanics of the Dance Machine." Photo by Yi-Chun Wu.

I remember when I was still writing dance criticism, I was reviewed a production of "Don Quixote" performed to a recorded score. What a shame,...

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'Strike a Pose' Choreographer's Chat with Karole Armitage and Benny Ninja

(0) Comments | Posted January 28, 2013 | 3:34 PM

A key part of audience development involves community engagement. When I first came on board with Armitage Gone! Dance, I asked Karole Armitage about her gay following. Surely being the choreographer of Madonna's iconic "Vogue" was enough to catapult you to queer diva icon...

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The Lost Generation in the Audience

(7) Comments | Posted January 6, 2013 | 2:00 PM

In 1967, Margot Fonteyn and Rudolph Nureyev were arrested in San Francisco after attending a party where allegedly there was marijuana. The story made the front page all over the world. At the height of their popularity, people would sleep outside Covent Garden to get any ticket they...

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One Sentence: How to Watch Dance

(6) Comments | Posted December 28, 2012 | 3:10 PM

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Irina Dvorovenko, Principal Dancer, American Ballet Theatre. Photo by Roy Round courtesy of Irina Dvorovenko.


The topic of dance came up at a recent family reunion, as it inevitably does when I am in the room. Many of my family members...

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The Megumi Project: Ralph Gibson

(0) Comments | Posted December 28, 2012 | 7:15 AM

Armitage Gone! Dance will be celebrating the career of one of our most beloved dancers, Megumi Eda, at our Gala on Feb. 5. To honor Megumi, our Board is putting together a portfolio of images created by leading visual artists that will be sold to benefit the company. I wanted...

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Congruent Visions: A Key to Successful Arts Leadership

(0) Comments | Posted December 18, 2012 | 11:44 AM

Those of us who follow the arts often see tragic tales of ousted artistic directors, bickering staff and board members, and dissatisfied and disenchanted donors spill over into the news. In order to run a successful organization, arts leaders must seemingly make the stars align, creating a congruent vision with...

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