Vote for the National Dance Education Organization Board of Directors Katie is running for the NDEO Board as a candidate for the Policy Board of Directors. If you're a member, cast your vote by June 16th, 2017.
Why Katie? As a member of the NDEO Policy Board of Directors, I would bring my combined expertise as a teaching artist, working artist, and arts administrator. As a teacher of who has traversed private studios, higher ed, and K-12 education, I have experienced the unique challenges faced within each venue. I have had experience building a brand new college dance program at Carthage College, I’ve served as an outreach teacher across public and charter schools in Milwaukee and Miami, I’ve worked behind the scenes at the Maryland Youth Ballet to ensure the academy runs smoothly, and I have been privileged to present the work of my dance company Mountain Empire at NDEO’s 2015 conference and have it published in JoDE.
As a producing and performing artist, I experience each day the changing needs of the field and the impact recent graduates have on the evolving field of dance. I have closely followed the fall of print media and have taken advantage of the rise of online outlets (as a writer and a teacher) that provide global perspective on issues affecting our field. As a result, I have pivoted my class content drastically in the last decade and pursued new avenues of research. My adaptations to our evolving field have been supported time and again by research and information collated by NDEO.
Finally, as an experienced administrator in the non-profit sector, I have a wealth of practical skills and perspectives from multiple organizational positions. I’ve sat in on board meetings, participated in fundraising campaigns, and overhauled many organizational systems to make communication between departments easier. I also bring my expertise in large-event organization, technology trends, work-flow management, and personnel management. I would happily bring each of these experiences to the board and put them to good use.
Katie Sopoci Drake, MFA, GL-CMA is a Washington D.C. based professional dancer, choreographer and teacher specializing in Laban-based contemporary dance. Katie's choreography has been performed by Momentum Dance Company, Wild Space Dance Company, The Florentine Opera, Lawrence University Opera, Miami Dade College and many more. As a core member of Mountain Empire Performance Collective, her distance collaborations have been performed from New York to Oregon. As a performer, Sopoci Drake is described as a "sinuous, animal presence of great power" (Third Coast Digest, 6/12). She has had a national performing career with Mountain Empire Performance Collective, RebollarDance, Mordine and Company Dance Theater, Wild Space Dance Company, and Rosy Simas Danse. Katie has held teaching positions at the University of Maryland College Park, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Nova Southeastern University, Miami Dade College, Carthage College, and Lawrence University. Her work on technology and distance collaboration has been published by the Journal of Dance Education, and her research into Laban’s space and effort affinities was presented at the 2015 NDEO conference and 2015 Conference on Teaching Somatics-Based Dance. This research resulted in the evening-length show Spacetime Suite, funded by a 2016 Dance Metro DC Presentation Grant.
Performances and Classes in Fall 2017 will be busy! Check back soon... And in the mean time, check out Crossing, the latest piece I set on Joy of Motion's Youth Dance Ensemble this past May 2017