Saturday, January 13, 2018

9:00 am - 2:00 pm

9:00am - 9:30 am

Networking Continental Breakfast: Coffee / Muffins

9:30 am - 9:40 am


Abraham Kim, Ph.D., Executive Director, Mansfield Center (co-moderator)

Seth Bodnar, President, University of Montana

Opening Performance by Seoul Arts High School  // "Nori" (The Moment of Joy) - A Traditional Korean Dance Performance

9:40 am - 10:30 am

Creative Brilliance: How the Arts interact with the Sciences

Moderator: MaryAnn Bonjorni, Artist, Professor of Drawing, University of Montana

Merritt Moore, Ph.D., Quantum Physicist, Oxford University & Professional Ballerina (UK)

Erica Rose Jeffrey, Ph.D., Director for Dance for Parkinson's Australia; Director of Peace and Conflict Studies Institute Australia

10:30 am - 10:35 am

Dance Performance: Zulu Dance

Andile Ndlovu, Washington Ballet
Lesole Z. Maine, Artistic Director, Lesole Dance Project
Lesole Z. Maine II, Junior Company Member, Lesole Dance Project

10:35 am - 11:20 am

When the Arts go South: Viral Power of Dance in Latin America

Moderator: Rafael Chacon, Ph.D., Professor, Art History, University of Montana

Caridad Martinez, Faculty, Ballet Hispanico; former principal dancer with the National Ballet of Cuba

Peggy Bousounis, General Manager of Centro de Artes Escénicas de Panamá

11:20 am - 11:25 am

Dance Performance: "Angolan Stories"

Bruno Augusto, Co-Founder and co-artistic director of Arts & Above

11:25 am - 12:10 pm

Empowering the Youth in South Africa: Ballet Beyond Ballet

Moderator: Bob Seidenschwarz, President Emeritus, Montana World Affairs Council

Dirk Badenhorst, CEO and Founder of the biennial South African International Ballet Competition

Andile Ndlovu, Washington Ballet

12:10 pm - 12:40 pm

Light Lunch / Refreshment Break

12:40 pm - 12:45 pm

Panamanian Performance by Centro de Artes Escénicas

12:45pm - 12:55pm

Presentation: SheASA: Empowering Women Athletes in Action Sports


Tessa Holshue, Executive Director and Co-Founder, SheASA

Diana Holshue, Co-Founder, SheASA

12:55 pm - 1:55 pm

Taking Over the World with the Arts: The Secrets of Being a Global Leader and a Global Artist

Moderator: Leslie Stevens, Actress, Librettist, Dance educator and choreographer, former soloist with Hubbard Street Dance Chicago (USA)


Astrid Sherman, Artistic Director, CatchingART Contemporary Ballet Theatre & Pro Arté Centre Professional Training School (Canada)

Patric Palkens, Principal Dancer, Boston Ballet  (USA) 

Enrique Perez-Cancio Cantero, EPC Dance Company (Portugal)

Alina Ciceo, Jump In Dance Company (Romania) 

Charlene Campbell Carey, Rocky Mountain Ballet Theatre (USA)

1:55 pm - 2:00pm

Closing Remarks / Performance: Panamanian Performance by Centro de Artes Escénicas

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Award Ceremony