The Dance Edit: Rebecca Ferrell and Elizabeth Yntema on Gender Equity in Dance
Hi dance friends, and welcome to The Dance Edit podcast. I’m editor and producer Margaret Fuhrer, here with another interview episode for you all. This week, we are very excited to have two leaders of Dance Data Project with us. Dance Data Project is using data as a tool, a very effective one, in the fight against gender inequity in dance, particularly ballet. Elizabeth Yntema, aka Liza, is the organization’s president and founder, a lawyer and philanthropist and longtime champion of gender equality. Rebecca Ferrell, aka Becky, is its research lead and programming consultant, in addition to being a PhD candidate in arts administration.
Over the past few years, DDP has published a slew of research reports looking at everything from the gender makeup of ballet company leadership to the number of female choreographers in ballet season programming. It recently widened its scope to include contemporary and modern dance companies, and as you’ll hear is hoping to expand even further in that direction. In addition to documenting the severity of gender inequity with all of this data, DDP also offers resources and programs to help uplift women in the field.
This is a tiny organization that is making a significant impact in the dance world thanks to the tenacity and resourcefulness of its team, with Liza and Becky leading the way. And they have just launched several new initiatives that we’re eager for you to hear about. So, here are Liza and Becky.
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