how to make a dance in america, is a small manual that outlines technical, compositional, historical, and dramarugical basics of making and producing dance in the america today. wether you’re a ‘non-dancer’ starting to make performance art, or a seasoned professional dancer suddenly trying to make a ballet in a tiny gallery, you may be wondering what the hell is the difference between a DMX and an XLR cable anyway? you might wonder also, about how to make dances cheaply, in order to make them independently. this manual includes original technical drawings.
this project has been informed by over a decade of producing my own work as well working on others’ well resourced projects. i also share this knowledge as the director of the artists in residence program at urban movment arts.