Sept 30: Digital Transformatation 101: A Virtual Workshop

Dance Mission Theater and World Arts West present

Digital Transformation 101: A Virtual Workshop
Best practices for teaching classes and presenting events online.

If you missed the event, you can watch it here.

And! Download the digital guide!

Wednesday September 30, 2020: 6-7pm

TICKETS: This event is free but registration is REQUIRED. Donations are appreciated if able.

This is an online event. You will receive an email with the link one hour prior to the event.

Please note that the panel will be conducted in spoken English. After the event, we will share a recording of the panel with closed captioning in English and Spanish.


While all are welcome, please note that this event is geared towards dancers, and specifically those whose practice is rooted in cultural traditions.

Six months into Shelter in Place it is clear that the world of online teaching and virtual event production is here to stay. However, there are still a number of tech issues that artists struggle with on a daily basis.

In an effort to shrink the growing digital divide, Stella Adelman, Arnaud Loubayi, and Lily Liang will share their insight regarding the virtual space – from the perspectives of dance teacher, dance studio, dance student, and community dance resource hub. Topics to be covered include – platform differences, video playback, content, lighting, marketing, and much more!

Facilitated by Anne Huang , panelists will review common mistakes, how to avoid them, and also answer those two critical questions: How do I know if my internet is strong enough? And why doesn’t my music work?

Join us so that you don’t have to spend hours trying to teach yourself how to Stream via a YouTube tutorial.

There will be time for a Q&A. If you have questions that want to submit to panelists in advance, email


Arnaud Loubayi is from Brazzaville, Congo, where he started his artistic career. He took part in various courses and trainings in modern and contemporary dance with several choreographers. He toured with many companies as solo artist, including National Ballet of Congo. He Joined the traditional group Ngoma Za Kongo in 2006 as a choreographer and toured in many places in Africa, Asia, and America. With his experience as a dancer and choreographer, Arnaud Loubayi would like to introduce his style of arts and traditions of Congolese dance to America. Loubayi founded the dance company Bitezo Bia Kongo, now known as Gata Bantu, that consists of a group of Congolese drummers and dancers whose mission is to share the traditional music and dance of Congo. Loubai is currently a partner artist for local cultural non-profit Cheza Nami Foundation’s Cultural Arts and Learning (CAL) school assembly program as well as a contributing artist to the foundation’s annual Taste of Africa Festival. He also works with Tandy Beal and Company, and Afro Urban Society of Oakland. Loubayi has also produced and promoted the Ha Mbongui African Dance and Drum Conference for the past three years. He has taught traditional Congolese dance around the country, including Santa Cruz, Oakland, Nevada City, Maui, Seattle, Encinitas, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, Talahassee, Philadelphia, New York, and more.

Lily Liang is CEO and co-founder of Bopsidy, a social platform for dancers. She prides herself in being the ultimate dance student having taken a wide variety of dance classes including Chinese folkloric in Taiwan, Afro-Brazilian in Brazil, Cuban folkloric in Cuba and Flamenco in Spain. She has had the honor of performing with Aguas Dance Company and Duniya Dance & Drum Company in the Bay Area. Throughout her professional career, she has built products used by consumers across education, e-commerce and media, most recently as the Director of Product at Rotten Tomatoes. Her current venture, Bopsidy, is a bridging of two worlds she’s passionate about – tech and dance. She is building an online platform for dancers of all levels and styles to showcase themselves, build deeper connections and find more opportunities. She holds a B.S. in Operations Research and Information Engineering from Cornell and an MBA from Harvard. She currently serves on the Board of Directors at Dance Mission Theater.

Born and raised in San Francisco’s Mission District, Stella Adelman is the Managing Director at Dance Mission Theater in San Francisco, an artist driven community arts center committed to equity and social justice that creates, produces, presents, and teaches feminist and multicultural dance/theater. Dedicated to the Mission, Adelman is also on Carnaval San Francisco’s Production Team and sits on Calle 24’s Cultural Assets and Arts Committee.

As a performer and dancer, Adelman has had the honor of working with the legendary Rhodessa Jones and Krissy Keefer, and highly celebrated Cuban, Haitian, and Brazilian dance companies, such as Arenas Dance Company, Aguas da Bahia, Alayo Dance Company, and Las Que Son Son, among others. She was a YBCA Fellow, a member of the Isadora Duncan Dance Awards Committee, and co-produced the annual CubaCaribe Festival of Dance and Music from 2007 to 2010. Adelman holds a B.A. in World Arts and Cultures and a Masters in Education.  She also lived in Havana, Cuba where she studied dance at El Instituto Superior del Arte.

Dr. Anne Huang is the Executive Director of World Arts West, a regional presenting and arts services organization that supports Northern California artists and dance companies that sustain the world’s diverse dance and music traditions. World Arts West supports over 450 dance companies that engage more than 20,000 artists, sustaining over 100 dance forms from around the world.

Anne is a highly regarded culturally specific capacity building consultant and resource equity advocate. She has worked extensively with cultural artists and arts organizations such as Charya Burt, Kyoungil Ong, Naomi Diouf, Alleluia Panis, Chinese Culture Center, Dimension Dance Theater, CubaCaribe, LIKHA, Bisemi, Halau ‘o Keikiali’i, Oyu Oro, and many others. Anne connects artists and arts organizations with resources such as grants funding, space, and professional development opportunities. She also advocates for resource equity by working with funders to create equitable funding guidelines and connecting funders with culturally specific communities.  

As a thought leader with deep knowledge of challenges and solutions for cultural artists in the 21 st century, Anne is a sought-after speaker and consultant for conference panels, cultural convenings, and resource equity in philanthropy. Anne has served in leadership roles for National Dance Project’s Regional Dance Development Initiative, New York Foundation for the Arts’ Immigrant Artist Program, and the City of Oakland’s Mayoral Arts Task Force. She serves on the Dance/USA Board of Trustees.

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