Copyright, Dance & Choreography

When: April 24, 2017 at 12:00pm - 2:00pm EDT - This event has passed

About the Program

How far can copyright extend to protect choreography?  When it comes to dance, does copyright law actually serve to safeguard creative output without stifling new innovation?  This program brings together experienced lawyers and prominent members of the dance community to discuss copyright issues affecting dance companies, choreographers, and dancers, and will highlight the relationship between copyright protection and the cultural and business norms of dance-affiliated entities.


Barbara Horgan, a member of the administrative staff of the New York City Ballet since 1953, she then served as George Balanchine’s personal assistant from 1963 until his death in 1983. Ms. Horgan was executor of George Balanchine’s estate until 1987, when she established with extraordinary assistance from her friend and attorney, Paul Epstein, The George Balanchine Trust. The GBT is responsible for coordinating, licensing and disseminating the Intellectual Properties of the choreographies of Mr. Balanchine. She remains with the GBTrust as Founding and Managing Trustee.


Jennifer Homans is the author of Apollo’s Angels: A History of Ballet and is currently writing a biography of George Balanchine. She is the Founder and Director of The Center for Ballet and the Arts at New York University, where she is also a Distinguished Scholar in Residence. Homans holds a Ph.D. in Modern European History; before becoming a writer and scholar, she was a professional dancer.



Kim Landsman, a graduate of Yale Law School, has advised on and litigated copyright issues for over thirty years.  He has litigated, written and spoken extensively about fair use issues.  After spending most of his career in private practice, he recently joined Two Sigma Investments, LP to be in charge of its litigation and intellectual property enforcement.  And he has been a balletomane since watching the Ed Sullivan show as a kid.



Elena M. Paul, Esq., is the Director of Legal & Business Affairs at the Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation who furthers the pioneering vision of Alvin Ailey through the activities of two dance companies, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and Ailey II, The Ailey School, Ailey Arts In Education & Community Programs and the activities of The Ailey Extension. In addition to her role as General Counsel and Secretary, she manages Ailey’s Human Resources Department. Prior to joining Ailey, Ms. Paul was the Executive Director of Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, Executive Director of Washington Area Lawyers for the Arts, University Counsel in the the University of Maryland, College Park Office of the President, and an attorney at two major national law firms, where she practiced corporate and real estate law. Ms. Paul received her BA in Economics from Davidson College, phi beta kappa, and her JD from Harvard Law School. Ms. Paul serves as an Adjunct Professor in the Producing and Documentary Programs at the New York Film Academy and taught at the Fordham Law School Fashion Law Institute, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, Pratt Institute of Art & Design and Brooklyn Law School.


Members: Early-bird $70, after deadline $80

Non-Members: Early-bird $85, after deadline $95

Student Members: Early-bird $55, after deadline $65  | Use promo code NYstudent2017 when registering. Must be a current full-time student member of the Society and able to present a valid student ID at check-in.

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Early-Bird: April 13, Midnight EDT
Final Registration Deadline: April 20, Midnight EDT



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