November 24, 2019, 10:00 AM - 1:30 PM


Mechanics' Hall, 519 Congress St, Portland, ME 04101

Co-Hosted by Mechanics Hall with Portland Dance Month & Maine Moves

Join us for an informational session to learn more about the seventh iteration of the Regional Dance Development Initiative (RDDI), entitled New England Now, focused on the alignment of New England resources, relationships, and opportunities in support of New England dance makers. An application will be available in December for interested participants.

New England Now is designed to strengthen and elevate visibility for New England dance makers as a direct response to findings from two gatherings with New England Choreographers and New England Dance Cultural Organizers hosted in 2017.

NEFA staff and Regional Advocates will share context on the developing RDDI initiative and discuss thematic priorities of the RDDI Lab to be held in 2020 at Bates Dance Festival (applications available in December).

The day will conclude with a discussion session facilitated by Sara Juli and Riley Watts. 


  • 9:30 AM - 10:00 AM - Arrive & Mingle
  • 10:00 AM - 11:00 PM - RDDI Information Session
  • 11:00 PM - 12:45 PM - Maine Dance Moving Forward Discussion.
  • 12:45 PM - 1:30 PM - Lunch

To secure a spot in the forum, we recommend registering by November 18, 2019.

Note: Coffee, tea, and light refreshments available in the morning as folks arrive. Lunch will be provided, please include dietary information with registration.

Moving Maine Dance Forward Discussion

Maine dance artists Riley Watts and Sara Juli will lead a panel/conversation/listening/discussion session. follwing the closing performance and party of the Portland Dance Month, seeking to build on momentum gained during the month and gather feedback for the future of the event:

  • Meet and greet with Portland dance leadership and artists

  • Debriefing of Portland Dance Month - how should we grow for next year and beyond?
  • Artists speak / listening session: what needs are surfacing? How can we better collaborate?

  • Organizational Sponsors/Partners promotion of upcoming opportunities for artists

Information Session and Discussion Access Notes

General Notes

Legal identification (ID) is not required to attend the event. Restrooms are single stall, all-gender.

Mobility Access

Mechanicals Hall can provide ramp access and assistance for those using mobility devices. The event space is located on the second floor of the building and is accessible by elevator. Accessible Restrooms for those using mobility devices are available on the third floor by elevator.

ASL Access

It’s helpful if you can please let us know if you need ASL services. Please email: djacobson@nefa.org prior to Monday, October 28, 2019

Please let us know If you have any other access requests or questions by emailing or calling: djacobson@nefa.org, 617-951-0010 x528; prior to Monday, October 28, 2019