About Dance/USA

Dance/USA is the national service organization for dance, serving a broad cross-section of the dance field. Established in 1982, Dance/USA champions an inclusive and equitable dance field by leading, convening, advocating, and supporting individuals and organizations.

About Dance/USA
About Dance/USA

Dance/USA Vision and Mission


Propelled by our belief that dance can inspire a more just and humane world, Dance/USA will amplify the power of dance to inform and inspire a nation where creativity and the field thrive.


Dance/USA champions an inclusive and equitable dance field by leading, convening, advocating, and supporting individuals and organizations.  Dance/USA’s core programs are focused in the areas of engagement, advocacy, research, and preservation. 

Dance/USA Core Values


Creativity inspires change. Dance/USA values our nation’s creative capacity and artistry to imagine and build a world we have never encountered and deeply desire.


Dance/USA strives to be a catalytic network enlivened by connection, community, and collaboration. We value calling people in as a practice of leading, listening, learning, and deepening our impact.


Through the lens of equity, Dance/USA strives to remove the boundaries erected by a legacy of racism, classism, ableism, ageism, homophobia, transphobia, sexism, gender bias, and xenophobia and we work to dismantle institutional and systemic oppression that attack the dance field’s progress, impede the creation of work, and negatively impact dance audiences and communities.


Integrity is critical to our organizational culture and the way we lead, serve, and collaborate with the dance field. We seek to provide transparency about our internal processes, professional resources, and information about the field.

Dance/USA Strategic Plan

In 2017, Dance/USA entered into a year of planning activities about the future of the organization. Looking ahead and considering the impact that Dance/USA would like to have on the world, Dance/USA released a new strategic plan in 2018 that reflected the organization’s current focus and future goals. In October 2020, this plan was updated. Dance/USA envisions a more just and inclusive dance field and we are committed to embedding equity and justice throughout our organization.


Changes to Dance/USA’s Bylaws

During our November 2022 Board Meeting the Dance/USA Board of Trustees voted and approved several changes to the Bylaws in order to reflect and amplify our core value of equity. In order to support Dance/USA’s Board, Council and Affinity Group Chairs and Co-Chairs as well as our member community in the understanding of the approved Bylaw changes, we created a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document.

Access the Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Changes to Dance/USA’s Bylaws

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

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