DIGITAL: Make the Right Moves: Legal Issues in Dance (Continuing Legal Education)

Jun. 22, 2020, 7:00 pm9:00 pm

$25 – $110

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After careful consideration of the news regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19), Gibney and Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts has decided to make this event digital.

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to hear from a panel of experts provided by Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts 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.  We will also be addressing how the COVID crisis has affected the dance community.

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

This program will be held as an online webinar.

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 members, please contact 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
$55 Arts Professional Non-Member
$110 Legal Professional Non-Member

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

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.

Webinar Access:
Participants will receive an email in advance of this workshop with instructions to access. For more information on this program, please contact VLA at


We welcome the opportunity to make this event more accessible. 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).