POSTPONED: Make the Right Moves: Legal Issues in Dance (Continuing Legal Education) - Gibney
Week of April 6, 2020
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POSTPONED: Make the Right Moves: Legal Issues in Dance (Continuing Legal Education)

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After careful consideration of the news regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19), Gibney has decided to postpone this event. This is a difficult decision to make, but during this time we need to prioritize the health and safety of our community and our staff. VLA will contact attendees and plans to reschedule the event. We will post more details as they are available.

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to hear from a panel of experts about how to understand your rights and obligations as dancer or choreographer, and protect your creative work. Topics include understanding contracts, how (and why) to form a company, copyrighting your work, and issues for freelancers.


Griff Braun is the Director of Organizing and Outreach at the American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA), the national labor union of singers, dancers, and stage staff in opera, concert dance, and concert choral performance. Mr. Braun has extensive experience in internal and external union organizing, collective bargaining, and contract enforcement. Prior to joining AGMA’s senior staff, Mr. Braun had an extensive career as a professional dancer, performing with American Ballet Theatre, the Lar Lubovitch Dance Company, the Royal Swedish Ballet, the Metropolitan Opera, and others. He hold a BA in American History and a Graduate Certificate in Labor Relations.

Adam Cates is a choreographer, director, writer and educator working in New York, as well as across the US and internationally. A member of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers (SDC) and American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA), Cates has worked in a variety of mediums including Tony-winning Broadway and national touring musicals, regional theatre, television, cruise ships, theme parks, corporate industrials, casino revues, festivals, and university and college productions. He choreographed and co-wrote The World According to Snoopy, a family musical revue starring the Peanuts characters, soon available to be licensed through Tams-Whitmark. Other credits include associate choreographing the Broadway musicals Anastasia and A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder, choreographing main stage operas for The Juilliard School, associate choreographing episodes of 90210 and Live from Lincoln Center, and directing and/or choreographing regionally Cates wrote the popular guidebook for young professionals The Business of Show, and also teaches on the adjunct faculties of Pace University (commercial dance), Broadway Dance Center, and Steps. He has taught master classes and university residencies across the US, Canada, Spain, and Bermuda. He holds a BA in Theatre from the University of Utah and is currently pursuing his MFA in interdisciplinary arts and performance creation from Goddard College.

Joseph Tedeschi served as General Counsel, Global Cards at Citi, before which he was General Counsel for Mergers and Acquisitions and Citi Holdings. Prior to joining Citi in 2007, Joseph had an extensive in-house legal career principally in the fields of media and publishing for companies such as Dow Jones and Primedia Inc. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of VLA and YYDC, a contemporary dance company based in NY.

Joseph graduated from Harvard magna cum laude with a B.A. in History and Literature and earned his J.D. at the University of Virginia School of Law. Between college and law school Joseph was a teacher of English Literature in the UK pursuant to one of Harvard’s teaching fellowship programs.

Membership Discount Code: For VLA members, please contact 212.319.2787 ext. 10 or to receive your discount code, which will allow you to access and purchase your ticket.

$25 Full-Time Student (student must present proof of full-time status with registration)
$25 Artists Over Sixty
$35 Arts Professional VLA Member
$55 Arts Professional Non-Member
$125 Legal Professional VLA Member
$175 Legal Professional Non-Member
$90 Young Associate Members (YAM’s) and Associate Board Members

To register by phone or email, please contact 212.319.2787 x Ext. 10 or

For attorneys, there are various scholarships available. For more information and how to apply, please review our Financial Aid Policy Guidelines here.

This program will offer 1 Continuing Legal Education credit to attorneys.

Refund Policy:
All registration fees are non-refundable. Instructors are subject to change and no refunds will be given in the event that there is a substitution of the instructor.

On-Time Arrival:
Please arrive on time for the class. Registrants who arrive more than 20 minutes late may not be permitted to enter the class.

For more information on this program, please contact VLA at or 212.319.2787 x 10.


Gibney 280 Broadway is accessible via elevator from the main entrance at 53A Chambers Street.

We welcome the opportunity to make this event more accessible. Please refrain from wearing scented products, so that people with chemical sensitivities can join us. Please request ASL interpreting, audio description, or open captioning 30 days before the event or submit other requests by completing our Access Requests and Inquiries Form or calling 646.837.6809 (Voice only).

280 Broadway
Gibney Agnes Varis Performing Arts Center
Enter at 53A Chambers Street
New York, NY 10007
646 837 6809

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New York, NY 10003
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