Upping the ante on dance coverage and conversation

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 staff is:

Co-Managing Directors   --   L.   Graciella Maiolatesi,   Kalila Kingsford Smith
Editorial Board -- Emma Cohen, Miryam Coppersmith, Ani       Gavino, L. Graciella Maiolatesi, Kalila Kingsford Smith,   Anna Drozdowski
Programming Coordinator  --  Miryam Coppersmith
Communications Team -- Kalila Kingsford Smith (Head), Ellen Chenowith, Kenwyn Samuel, Whitney Weinstein
Advertising Manager -- Kenwyn Samuel

Non-Profit Board -- Gregory King (Co-Chair), Jennifer Edwards (Co-Chair), Sarah Bishop-Stone,  Silvana Cardell, Anna Drozdowski (Treasurer), Keila Cordova, Terry Fox, Elba Hevia y Vaca, Rhonda Moore, Cory Neale, Jonathan Stein, Kat Sullivan (Secretary)  

The full list of our current and former writers is here.

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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