Leverage Dance Theater

Now and Next Dance Mentoring


Leverage Dance Theater is collaborating with Lindenwood University to host Now & Next Dance Mentoring Project at the J. Scheidegger Center for the Arts.
At Now & Next, college women and recent graduates study somatics, contemporarydance technique, improvisation, and new works repertory each morning; teach dance classes and mentor middle school girls each afternoon; and participate in professional development workshops with the professional dance artists in the evenings. Students will train with Now & Next Guest Artists.


Students apply to attend and are selected based on leadership and artistic potential.

Now & Next combines the intensity of training found in a traditional summer festival with a unique service-learning opportunity in a new, innovative approach to summer study.

Now & Next facilitates direct mentoring relationship and provide resources including profiles of alumnae and friends of Now & Next who have mobilized their dance education along many avenues.

To learn more, and to submit your application, please visit the Now & Next website.

“If you are a dance major in college, I highly recommend applying to the Now & Next Dance Mentoring Project! I did it following my graduation and it completely changed my outlook on life after college. Through the classes and informal discussions, I learned what dancing professionally could look like in my life, and made so many connections with incredible people!”
–Renee, 2011 N+N alumna, professional dancer and photojournalist


Contact Us:
Ashley Thorndike-Youssef, Executive Director

Hannah Fischer, St. Louis NNDM Faculty Contact

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