Upping the ante on dance coverage and conversation

Join thINKingDANCE this Spring For In-Person Events in Philly!

tD is partnering with Philadelphia Dance Projects to host THREE WRITE BACK ATCHAs this Spring! Our next  is on Wednesday June 26th  at 7pm after Dance Up Close: Lily Kind.  

About thINKingDANCE

thINKingDANCE is a collective of independent writers who produce media about dance in its broadest sense. We  work together to provide critical coverage for dance, to build audiences for dance, and to foster and innovate the art of dance writing in Philadelphia and beyond. thINKingDANCE increases visibility for dance, encourages new forms of dance writing, broadens the scope of dance coverage, and increases audience receptivity to dance. We do this through partnerships and live events, as well as at thinkingdance.net, our online dance journal. We train and educate our writers through regular workshops with visiting dance writers, monthly peer-critique sessions, and a two-tiered editing process. Founded in 2011, thINKingDANCE is currently thirty writers strong.

We publish  reviews, features, interviews, think pieces and  newly emerging formats. Have something in mind you'd like to see? Let us know

Our Administrative Staff is:

Director   -- Kalila Kingsford Smith
Operations Manager  --  Miryam Coppersmith
Editorial Board -- Miryam Coppersmith, Emilee Lord, nikolai mckenzie ben rema, Whitney Weinstein,  Kalila Kingsford Smith
Communications Team -- Emilee Lord, Whitney Weinstein

Meet the thINKingDANCE Team!

thINKingDANCE Leadership:

thINKingDANCE Staff (cont.):

Kalila Kingsford Smith (Director)

Maddie Hopfield
Miryam Coppersmith (Operations Manager) Shayla-Vie Jenkins
thINKingDANCE Board of Directors: Nadia Khayrallah
Keila Cordova (Co-Chair of the Board) Andrew Sargus Klein

Cory Neale (Co-Chair of the Board)

Gregory King
Zane Booker Emilee Lord
Silvana Cardell Ella-Gabriel Mason
Terry Fox nikolai mckenzie ben rema
Kostas Makrakis Leila Mire
Rhonda Moore Sophiann Mahalia Moore
Josie Smith Kara Nepomuceno
Jonathan Stein Dana Nichols
Lois Welk Lauren Putty White
thINKingDANCE Writers, Editors, Staff Kirsten Shahverdian
Lu Donovan Zornitsa Stoyanova

Anito Gavino

Joy-Marie Thompson
Darcy Grabenstein Mira Treatman
Caitlin Green Whitney Weinstein
















Mission Statement

thINKingDANCE is a collective of independent writers based in the Philadelphia area. Founded in 2011, we produce a digital journal about dance in its broadest sense. Our mission is to:

  • Foster the practice of dance writing in traditional and experimental forms;
  • Contribute to the creative ecosystem by building a historical and social archive of dance and movement-based art;
  • Work to dismantle gatekeeping in dance criticism by engaging the voices of performing artists and writers who have historically been sidelined.

We pursue these goals by developing our writing through peer-critique sessions, workshops with guest educators, and a two-tiered editing process. thINKingDANCE is a place where ideas thrive; where editors, writers, and readers engage one another in transformative dialogue; and where we imagine a more vibrant and just dance media landscape.


thINKingDANCE gratefully acknowledges support from the Philadelphia Cultural Fund, the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, and from our readers and other individual donors like you! thINKingDANCE is supported by Critical Minded, an initiative to invest in cultural critics of color cofounded by The Nathan Cummings Foundation and The Ford Foundation.

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