Upping the ante on dance coverage and conversation

Sustain  thINKingDANCE through    2022!

Your donation will help tD highlight the creative works of  local and visiting artists
and to build synergy with the national and international dance community.

Sustain thINKingDANCE into 2022!

Your contribution to tD will build the next generation of dance writers as well as support and strengthen the recovery of dance arts, weakened by the on-going pandemic.



thINKingDANCE advances dance writing in Philadelphia, but also nationally and internationally because of its online format. Since 2011, tD has published over 1400 articles. tD has also begun to host themed forums and workshops as exemplified in Decolonizing Dance Writing: International Exchanges, directed by Gregory King and supported by Critical Minded, an initiative to invest in cultural critics of color cofounded by The Nathan Cummings Foundation and the Ford Foundation.

Among other accomplishments in 2021, tD published its first video series in collaboration with writer and artist Kenwyn Samuel, with support from the Leeway Foundation, to document Philadelphia artists living with chronic illness and disabilities. We also recruited a new cohort of writers. Most importantly, we have increased writer fees by 66%.

Here’s how your giving can make a difference (suggested levels):

$10 shows your support for dance writing in Philadelphia $25 keeps the website ticking
$50 pays a writer for an article $100 contributes to a month of Editorial Board fees
$150 supports our capacity to meet remotely on Zoom $250 funds educational programming for dance writing with valued guest-educators
$500 covers one week of equitable pay for managing directors $1,000 covers two-weeks of operations
$5,000 + will impact special projects like the Decolonizing Dance Initiative $10,000 is needed for updating and redesigning our website








All contributions of any size are welcome and appreciated!


Here’s how you can make a donation to thINKingDANCE!

  • Click here to make a one-time donation
  • Become a monthly sustainer by joining our Giving Circle 
  • Mail a check payable to thINKingDANCE to:

c/o Kalila Kingsford Smith
4605 Chester Ave. Apt. A405
Philadelphia, PA 19143

Your donation will support tD to highlight the creative works of great local and visiting artists and to build synergy with the national and international dance community. We keep dance at the forefront and present. The more we talk and write about dance, the greater understanding we bring to everyone.

Help us to conjure and share the way Philly moves by supporting tD. Take this opportunity to connect your voice to the many others who recognize and embrace the value and necessity of critical thinking, expression, and radical embodiment.


Meet the thINKingDANCE Team!

tD’s 30+ dance writers identify as being BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, people with disabilities, parents, scholars, people who have emigrated to the US, teachers, creatives, elders, young-professionals, community organizers, and/or local Philadelphia artists. We proudly name our individual and collective identities as they are the lenses we bring to our dance writing, allowing space for critical thought, active dialogue, and transformative educational opportunities that ask both our internal and external communities to show-up and engage with the work.

thINKingDANCE Leadership:

thINKingDANCE Staff (cont.):

Kalila Kingsford Smith (Director)

Darcy Grabenstein  
Miryam Coppersmith (Operations Manager) Caitlin Green 
Maddie Hopfield (Finance Chair) Maddie Hopfield 
thINKingDANCE Board of Directors: Nadia Khayrallah

Jennifer Edwards (Board Chair)

Gregory King
Kat Sullivan (Board Secretary) Kalila Kingsford Smith 
Anna Drozdowski (Board Treasurer) Andrew Klein
Keila Cordova (Board Fundraising Director) Emilee Lord 
Silvana Cardell L. Graciella Maiolatesi 
Terry Fox nikolai mckenzie ben rema  
Rhonda Moore Leila Mire 
Cory Neale Rhonda Moore 
Jonathan Stein Kara Nepomuceno
thINKingDANCE Staff (Writers, Editors, Editorial Board Members, &/or Administrative Staff): Dana Nichols
Joseph Ahmed Lauren Putty White 
Megan Bridge Kenwyn Samuel 

Leslie Bush

Kristen Shahverdian
Ellen Chenoweth Jonathan Stein 
Emma Cohen Zornitsa Stoyanova
Miryam Coppersmith Kat Sullivan 
Lu Donovan Karl Surkan
Anna Drozdowski Mira Treatman 
Ani Gavino Whitney Weinstein 
  Kristi Yeung

Why we value thINKingDANCE and dance writing…


"Having thINKingDANCE is an important addition to connecting this dance community. Whenever I am wondering what is going on or what I might have missed, I know where to look. It's all right there."
- Joan Myers Brown, Founder, Philadanco

“At a time when journalistic standards everywhere are under pressure and assault, thINKingDANCE has built and sustained a collective journalistic practice that honors clarity, substance, curiosity, and imagination. tD raises the bar for arts writing, in Philadelphia and beyond.” - Germaine Ingram, Dancer/Choreographer and Arts Advocate

“I love the fact that thINKingDANCE writers, many of them practitioners themselves, understand the art of performance. I appreciate thINKingDANCE’s commitment to rigor, evidenced by the fact that every review has two editors. I’m very happy that tD has expanded their coverage to theaters! Considering that the whole enterprise is a labor of love (for sure not of money), I am impressed by the high quality of work this publication has already achieved!“ - Blanka Zizka, The Wilma Theater

“I want to read articles about dance. I want it to be part of our world.” - Joan Acocella, The Death of the American Dance Critic

“Where support will come from for the next generation [of dance critics] remains a pressing question.” - Laura Cappelle, Five Major Dance Critics Stepped Down Last Season. What Does That Mean for the Future of the Field?


Thank you!

We can not do this work without you, our community of readers and supporters! Please consider making a contribution of any size today. All donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law.

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