Dear CORPS Members, Colleagues, and Visitors,

It is my hope that this letter finds you and your families, safe and healthy…Words cannot express the radical experiences and situations we have been thrust into due to matters related to the Coronavirus. Its effects have marked the professions of dance and the arts in ways previously unfathomable. As such we now engage in our practice, teaching, coaching, advising, restaging, meetings, rehearsals and even performing through varying electronic mediums and websites. This is a curious and inescapable existence. Reasons such as this are why the decision has been made to hold this year’s 22nd Annual CORPS de Ballet International Conference titled, Advocating for Integrity in Ballet’s Education, Performance, Research and Profession, as an online virtual affair, July 7-10, 2020. It is an opportunity for continuing to engage with our membership and expand our reach globally.


We are in discussion with the New York based special guests about maintaining their presence with us during the conference and they remain enthusiastic about joining us. As mentioned previously, this includes:

  • The Jerome Robbins Dance Division of the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts.
  • American Ballet Theatre’s National Training Center.
  • The Arthur Mitchell Archives in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Columbia University.
  • Dance Theatre of Harlem.
  • The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre School.
  • Pre-Conference seminar facilitated by Tammy Bormann:

CORYPHÉE: Leading for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion in the Arts (Part II).

New dates: June 29 & 30, 2020    Fee: Members $125.00; Non-members $150.00

A revised conference schedule is forthcoming which will feature 3-4 hours of daily offerings, including the adjudicated presentations which members gain benefits from recent research perspectives. Of special note, we will be celebrating CORPS’ 2020 Lifetime Achievement Award winner, Dean Mary Margaret Holt of The University of Oklahoma.

Please take a moment to enjoy CORPS’ new website which includes additional information on the conference. Registration is open for pre-conference and conference events. Also available are single day attendance options.

Reflecting on the fast track shifts in our lifestyles over the past couple of months I am clearer than ever that events and challenges such as this are when artists are especially needed. Our creative and artistic prowess carries strength and fortitude for serving our communities, acknowledging and speaking to the straits we trod, and instinctively crafting two paths – one for healing and another for moving forward. In my previous letter, I mentioned the importance of us taking time to reinvigorate our own training methods and scholarship. That statement I now modify to prioritizing the reinvigoration of ourselves. It is in this spirit I share that the CORPS board, in an effort to support the membership, has agreed and approved to reduce this year’s conference fee to $25.00 for current members. Consider this conference devoted to you.



Anjali Austin,

President, CORPS de Ballet International, Inc.
Professor, School of Dance Florida State University