Join Meta-academy, a global online community

By June 28, 2014 2014 Director's Notes

This summer BDF continues its support and engagement with Meta-academy to foster a vibrant creative community online.

Meta-academy invites you to engage online with three international dance festivals this summer- Taking Place (July 1-13 in Columbus, OH, USA), Impulstanz (July 21 -August 18 in Vienna, Austria), and Bates Dance Festival (July 21-August 11 in Lewiston, ME, USA).  We will also be participating in IDOCDE international symposium on contemporary dance education (August 1-3 in Vienna Austria)

Dance festivals create intimate, hyper-local communities where dancers exchange creative processes, pedagogies, finished work, and ideas. Now Meta-academy connects these communities to each other, and opens them to YOU at HOME or on the road.

Join us to focus on choreographic knowledge, creative process, methodologies, ideas, influences, relevance, trends and stories.

It’s free and open.  All you need is an internet connection and a few hours per week. You determine your level of involvement.

Here’s what we’ll do:

  1. Share creative and critical perspectives. Top choreographers, improvisors, theorists, and pedagogues from the festivals  will upload videos of their process, engage in interviews, and participate in google+ hangouts with other artists and members of the Meta-academy community (the first 5 to join the hangout).
  2. Move together online.  Join a google+ hangout and experiment with dance professionals as they try translating their creative practices to the online space.
  3. Create internet-specific work.  You’ll be instructed on using some of the best online (free) creative tools to create your own internet-based videos, word clouds, mashups, and more.
  4. Join a global community of dancers.  When you’re making, talking and learning together, chances are you’ll make friends.

Here’s how you join.Create a user profile on and join the meta-academy group:

You’ll get an email with further instructions on how to join our google+ circle so that you can participate in hangouts. You will need to have a Google Plus account.