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Dance/USA represents the interests of the national dance community before Congress, the White House, and federal agencies. Dance/USA works with the broader arts and nonprofit sectors to advocate for the development and implementation of national policies that recognize and strengthen the ability of the arts and cultural communities to contribute to American life. Dance/USA provides a number of advocacy resources about the current administration, key advocacy issues, voter registration, and more.

Dance/USA Advocacy

Advocacy Updates

Dance/USA provides regular updates to its members concerning what is happening on Capitol Hill on Washington, DC and within the federal government concerning policies, legislation, and regulation impacting the dance ecosystem and the overall arts and cultural sector. Below are the latest updates.

Action Alerts

Dance/USA periodically emails Action Alerts to our members, with timely messages that make it easy to take action and advocate for policies that impact dance and the performing arts. Below are current action alerts impacting the dance community and the rest of the arts sector.

Know Your Federal Elected Officials

Dance/US members, dance artists, dance professionals, and arts advocates should know their elected officials at all levels of government, establish and maintain working relationships, and and regularly communicate with them and their staff to keep them current on how the local arts community is faring and how the arts community can best be supported in the future. is a great resource to find out about Congressional members and what legislation they support or do not support.

Meeting Your Congressional Delegation

Dance/USA can schedule meetings for its members with their congressional delegation throughout the year, either virtual or in-person. Please contact our Government Affairs office and we can schedule meetings, provide background information and talking points, prep members prior to their meetings, and attend meetings with members in a supporting role.

Advocacy Office Hours – First Fridays – 1:00PM ET/12:00PM CT/10:00AM PT

Scheduled for the first Friday of each month, these are great opportunities for members to meet with the Dance/USA Director of Government Affairs to learn about what is happening on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC and the White House concerning the dance community and overall arts and cultural sector. Dance/USA staff will discuss specific federal, state, and local advocacy opportunities for members to lean in with their voices to address various issues of interest. Members will be able to ask questions about various issues of interest and receive advocacy technical assistance. Please contact Tony Shivers, Dance/USA Director of Government Affairs, at for the Zoom meeting coordinates.

Performing Arts Alliance

Dance/USA is a founding member of the Performing Arts Alliance (PAA), a national policy advocate, leadership forum, and learning network for America’s nonprofit performing arts organizations, artists, and allies. Through legislative and grassroots action, the PAA advocates for national policies that recognize, enhance, and foster the contributions the performing arts make to the U.S. The PAA “envisions a United States in which the diverse ecology of the performing arts is deeply valued and supported, adequately and equitably resourced, and where participation is accessible to all. All Dance/USA members are members of the PAA.

Your Vote Counts

It is important for U.S. citizens to register to vote and to vote each and every year during elections at all levels – national, state, and local – for candidates who support the arts and culture and who are/will be proactive in ensuring the arts and culture will be supported now and in the future. The U.S. Election Assistance Commission is a great resource that provides information that voters need to be prepared for each election day. Dance/USA has also executed a get-out-the-vote campaign – #Dance2Vote – that provides accurate information for the general public to register to vote and to vote early.

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