For the third straight year, Earthdance, the famed retreat center in Western Massachusetts where much contact improvisation is danced, taught, and lived, is giving out Diversity Scholarships to its October 2016 Falling Leaves Jam. The deadline to apply is Wednesday, September 7.
The Falling Leaves Jam runs this year from Thursday, October 20, to Sunday, October 23. As with all of Earthdance’s four seasonal jams, the event will have a mixture of open jamming, class and workshop offerings, discussions, and other programming, as assembled by the facilitators and offered by the jam attendees.
As for the Diversity Scholarship itself, Earthdance is looking for applications from members of under-represented groups who have not previously attended an Earthdance seasonal jam. It’s worth noting that while “under-represented” could include groups along factors traditionally associated with diversity and affirmative action — ethnicity, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, etc. — the scholarship invites applicants to define for themselves how they may be a member of an under-represented group. I’m always interested in the under-representation that we in the CI world may not be seeing… in part because most of us aren’t members of that group.
Scholarship recipients will receive free tuition and room & board at the jam, in addition to transportation and orientation support.
Many, many more details, including how to apply, at https://earthdance.net/diversityscholarship. The application process is fairly simple and straightforward, although it does include getting a recommendation from an experienced dancer and detailing your travel plans.