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Words On Dance…. founded in 1994, by producer, Deborah M. Kaufman, began with a simple vision to offer dance artists a live platform to share the personal stories, and inspirations that shaped their life in dance. Words On Dance quickly captivated a growing audience, and dance artists embraced their profound desire to communicate the creative intelligence that formed historically brilliant careers.

A hallmark of Words On Dance is the screening of rarely seen dance footage from the artist's collection, and other private resources to illuminate the conversations. This media component gives an immediacy to the dialogue, allowing a fresh insight into the historical significance of the work. 

The roster of legendary artists who have generously graced the Words On Dance stage include Violette Verdy, Edward Villella, Maria Tallchief, Cynthia Gregory, Helgi Tomasson, Mark Morris, Peter Martins, Merrill Ashley, Rita Moreno, Michael Smuin, Eliot Feld, Gover Dale, Robert La Fosse, Joe Goode, Martine Van Hamel, Twyla Tharp, Allegra Kent, Stephanie Saland, Wendy Whelan, Tina Le Blanc, Yuri Possokhov, Ashley Wheater, Christopher Stowell, Mikko Nissinen, Evelyn Cisneros, among numerous others. 

Words On Dance is extremely proud to be at the forefront of documenting luminary figures in the dance field, all programs have been filmed for placement in cultural institutions.

Words On Dance has been presented in San Francisco, and in New York at The Paley Center for Media, Baryshnikov Arts Center, and Symphony Space. Pacific Northwest Ballet, Oregon Ballet Theatre, Nevada Ballet Theatre have hosted programs.

Approaching the 25th anniversary of Words On Dance, we are poised to place Words On Dance at the Jerome Robbins Dance Division of the New York Public Library, at the Library of Performing Arts, Lincoln Center. The master tapes will be digitized, allowing this compelling and scholarly information to be further utilized and accessible to a broader platform.

Words On Dance has been generously funded by The George Balanchine Foundation, Barbara Horgan, The Jerome Robbins Foundation, The John and Lisa Pritzker Family Fund, Sue and Michael Steinberg, and numerous individuals patrons.