Notice to the Press
Washington, DC
January 20, 2010

The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) and the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) will rollout DanceMotion USASM on Friday, January 22, from 2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. at The George Washington University (GWU) Dorothy Betts Marvin Theatre (800 21st Street, N.W., Washington, D.C.). This new cultural exchange program will send three outstanding American dance companies – Urban Bush Women; ODC/Dance; and Evidence, A Dance Company – to South America, Southeast Asia, and Africa, respectively.

Hosted by Dana Tai Soon Burgess, Chair of the GWU Theatre and Dance Department and a distinguished alumnus of the State Department’s Cultural Envoy program, this event will feature a sample of performances by each of the dance companies and a demonstration of their planned approaches for engaging international audiences while on tour. A question and answer session will follow with representatives from the dance companies, ECA, and BAM.

This event is open to the media. Media representatives may attend upon presentation of one of the following: (1) a U.S. Government-issued identification card (Department of State, White House, Congress, Department of Defense or Foreign Press Center); (2) a media-issued photo identification card; or, (3) a letter from their employer on letterhead verifying their employment as a journalist, accompanied by an official photo identification card (driver's license, passport).

Camera Pre-set Time: 1:45 p.m.

Individual interviews may be requested in advance.

Media Contacts:

Catherine Stearns, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs
Phone 202-632-6437, email

Sandy Sawotka, Brooklyn Academy of Music
Phone 718-636-4129 (ext. 1), email

PRN: 2010/074