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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,  Kristen Shahverdian, nikolai mckenzie ben rema, Kara Nepomuceno, 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
Anna Drozdowski (Board Treasurer) Emilee Lord
Kat Sullivan (Board Secretary) Ella-Gabriel Mason
Silvana Cardell nikolai mckenzie ben rema
Terry Fox Leila Mire
Rhonda Moore Sophiann Mahalia Moore
Jonathan Stein Kara Nepomuceno
thINKingDANCE Writers, Editors, Staff Dana Nichols
Joseph Ahmed Lauren Putty White
Ellen Chenoweth 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 who produce media about dance in its broadest sense. Founded in 2011, we publish a digital journal focused on the Philadelphia area. Our mission is to:

  • Meaningfully contribute to the creative ecosystem by marking the presence of dance and movement-based arts
  • Innovate and foster the practice of dance writing in traditional and experimental forms
  • Work to dismantle dance criticism's status as a gatekeeper by engaging performing artists and writers who have historically been sidelined

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


thINKingDANCE gratefully acknowledges support from the Philadelphia Cultural Fund, the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, Critical Minded, Visibility Impact Fund, and COVID-19 Arts Aid PHL.

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