Moving Policy and Practice . . . Dance/NYC’s mission is to bolster the support structure for dance in the New York City metropolitan area, serving as a voice and guide for dance artists and managers. Dance/NYC works in alliance with Dance/USA, the national service organization for professional dance, to achieve this mission and execute on core program areas.
CONSTITUENTS SERVED • 5,000+ individual dance artists
• 1,200+ dance-making entities
• 500+ nonprofit dance companies
• General public and visitors to New York
• Students and educators
• Government and civic leaders and researchers
ADVOCACY “Our field’s voice at the table—every table!”
Dance/NYC is the sole organization committed to advocacy for all NYC dance artists and managers, and acts as a spokesperson on behalf of the field to the media, to the nonprofit sector, to City and State government, and to the field itself. Dance/ NYC works with Dance/USA and the Performing Arts Alliance to support national advocacy efforts.
RESEARCH “Foundation for . . . funding, advocacy and awareness building.”
Dance/NYC is the only entity with a substantive history of research on NYC dance—from the Economic Impact of Dance in New York City to the State of NYC Dance report based on the first-ever New York State Cultural Data Project data—and the only one with the authority to speak on behalf of the entire field. Through research, Dance/NYC can guide strategic policy and funding development and improve management practice.
“This new report [State of NYC Dance] from Dance/ NYC shows that New York City dance artists contribute greatly to our City, with sizeable creative, educational, and economic impact. As a leading dance advocate, Dance/NYC is helping to keep the City’s arts community alive and well, and we’ll continue to support it in any way that we can.” / CHRISTINE C. QUINN, SPEAKER, NEW YORK CITY COUNCIL
LEADERSHIP TRAINING / PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT “Bringing people together [and] brokering solutions.”
Dance/NYC is amplifying its role as a convener, connecting and educating its constituents and strengthening the collective voice for dance. Regular leadership training and professional development initiatives include: an annual Symposium, the only full day gathering in the metropolitan.area; regular Town Halls and roundtable discussions focused on emerging field developments; and the Junior Committee of danceworkers under 30, which serves as Dance/ NYC’s liaison to this core demographic and builds its leaders.
DANCE SERVICE TECHNOLOGY
Central to the success of each Dance/NYC program area is continued investment in the organization’s online presence and public communications. DanceNYC.org, which launched in 2010, has become the “go to” site for dance promotional and management resources and positioned Dance/NYC for leadership in service technology.
Special organizational programs include: the NYC Dance Response Fund, established by the Mertz Gilmore Foundation to address the field- wide needs following Hurricane Sandy; and the New York Dance and Performance Awards (the Bessies), produced in partnership with Dance/NYC.