Background Story: How Dancing Around the World Developed?

In 2007 Nejla Yatkin started creating dances in public spaces because she felt that, as an artist who was interested in freedom of movement and expression, she needed to make her art available to people from all walks of life and not just people who could afford to go to theaters and opera houses. The first project happened in Washington, DC. For several weeks Nejla and her dancers would go to Dupont Circle and dance in front of the public. The reaction of the people walking by was eye opening. During the second week she interviewed people who stopped to view the performances so she could get some insight into their experiences. Some of the people noted that the space had forever been changed for them. By placing dance unexpectedly in a public space, the location itself had been transformed in surprising ways.

Out of that experience many similar projects developed. She has since created dances in public spaces in New York, Berlin, Avignon, Istanbul, Tegucigalpa, Krasnoyarsk, Panama City, San Salvador, and Lima. From these small projects big questions arose: What is freedom of movement? How do we express ourselves in the world and what connects us as humans? Do we create the environment or does the environment create us? What is space? What is a place? How are we connected in a given space to people and what moves us?

Building on these disparate experiences and faceted questions, Dancing Around the World aims to engage and connect the people and cities where Nejla and collaborators will dance, growing the conversation and the questions beyond local borders and with content that is relevant to each site.

Dancing Around the World: Monitoring and Evaluation Plan

Stated theory of change:
“Dancing Around the World” (DAW in collaboration with Nejla Yatkin) is a worldwide dance project of twenty global cities to explore, both intimately and broadly, the interaction of people, movement and the environment through contemporary dance and video. In bringing DAW globally to urban communities we wish to foster kinetic empathy and a deeper understanding of how the urban environment shapes our expressive lives while promoting education and cultural exchange through the dance arts. DAW began in April 2015 and ends in May 2016.  The Antananarivo residency began November 4th, 2015 and ends November 29th, 2015.

For more information follow us at NY2Dance.com. Here is a pdf of our project.

-We will have a local facilitator to work with.
-We will have dancers.
-A studio space to practice.
-Public spaces to perform- Outdoors is often ideal.
-Video Documentation – Traveling with video recording equipment.
-Internet access-

Relationships- City:
Community engagement
Cultural exchange
Student teacher relationship
Social Media connections
Continuous online dialog and exchange

Measures- and Definitions:
Teacher – Nejla Yatkin
Dancers -
Filmmaker – Enki Andrews
Facilitator –
Studio –
Video – H.264 1920x1080 – 3-5 min delivered online after 3-4 weeks

Social Media Participants-


Social Media Platforms-

Monitoring- Data Sources- Baseline tools and Indicators:

All monitoring of the measures can be seen online at the websites:
Facebook.com - Likes:1.1k
Youtube.com - DAW views: Enki's page (1144)
Youtube.com - DAW views: Nejla's page (68,403)

Twitter.com- Enki : Tweets(175), Likes(12)

Twitter.com- Nejla Yatkin: Tweets(1345), Likes(267)

Social Media followers/Subscribers/Members: Youtube(5), Facebook(390)

See our stats here:

Dancing Around the World - most recent Facebook data capture.

Dancing Around the World - Antanarivo most recent data capture.

Past Schedule:@ Antananarivo, began November 4th, 2015, ended November 29th, 2015
Teaching hours - Monday –Friday (9:00- 12:00)
Filming hours – Thursday & Fridays (13:00- 16:00)
Dates November 3rd – November 30th, 2015
Editing Hours – Monday – Friday (9:00- 12:00, 17:00- 20:00)
Location Scouting – Saturday & Sundays (12:00 – 16:00)
Monitoring – Daily 20:00- 21:00

Key moments:
A 3-5 min video will be delivered online after 3-4 weeks on Youtube, Facebook and Vimeo.

Recent Partnerships:
Local Dancers
Goethe Institute- Antananarivo
Malagasy Cultural Center
Ortana – Office Régional du Tourisme d’Analamanga

Information dissemination and transparency:
Data source information will be hosted continuously this page:

Capacity Feasibility and Proof of Concept:

  • Press:



Ethical considerations:
The willing participation of the dancers in this voluntary collaboration and in their image being shared on social media platforms is the primary ethical consideration of this project. As the project is fully consensual and promotes the artistic practice and creative expressiveness of the dancing participants, we are happy to assist them in their self promotion and artistic presence online.