Project Description


Established in 1982 as the national service organization for the professional dance field, Dance/USA is a membership organization currently serving nearly 500 aerial, ballet, modern, culturally specific, jazz, and tap companies, dance service and presenting organizations, individuals, and related organizations.

Dance/USA occupies a unique position in the field as the only national service organization dedicated to serving a broad cross-section of professional dance.

By working with and for our membership, Dance/USA provides

  • Leadership & Learning,
  • Research & Information, and
  • Advocacy & Visibility.

In addition, Dance/USA engages in a variety of special initiatives such as Engaging Dance Audiences, the Task Force on Dancer Health, and the Institute for Leadership Training. These special initiatives may not serve all Dance/USA members directly, but ultimately gather important research and best practices, test programs in specific regions, and experiment with local dance service activities.

Dance/USA is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization.

GroundWorks’ Executive Artistic Director David Shimotakahara has served on the national board for Dance/USA since 2014.

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