Great Performances at Vanderbilt picked as NDP hub site; National Dance Project designation indicates Vanderbilt is leader in field

Great Performances at Vanderbilt and its director will help the National Dance Project set the agenda for dance in America when it becomes one of 10 “hub sites” that guides the organization that promotes the art form.

“I am pleased that we are now in the room as one of the top 10 curators,” said Bridgette Kohnhorst, director of Great Performances at Vanderbilt. Kohnhorst will meet three times a year with other hub directors to review proposals, make funding recommendations and discuss program policy.

“We are impressed with your organization’s commitment to the creation and presentation of new dance work, the strength of your partnerships, your alliances and your continuing dedication to the art form, said Rebecca Blunk, executive director of the National Dance Project, in a Nov. 7 letter to Kohnhorst. “More importantly, we recognize your capacity as an individual leader in the field, and value the knowledge and experience that you will contribute to the range of NDP efforts.”

Kohnhorst will serve on the hub committee from January 2009 to December 2011.

The National Dance Project is a grant program of the New England Foundation for the Arts, one of six regional arts agencies nationwide that funds and advocates the creation and distribution of a full range of artistic expression.

Current members of the hub committee include Kohnhorst’s peers at the University of Michigan, Arizona State University, Wesleyan University and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Arts in Washington.

Great Performances at Vanderbilt, launched in 1974, works to spark and sustain a passion for the arts within the Vanderbilt community and the southeast United States. It is sponsored by the greater Nashville community and the student-based Vanderbilt Programming Board. For more information, go to

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