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2025 Call for Conference Proposals is Open!

The Dance/USA National Conference is going to Chicago next year! Dance/USA has shifted to a biennial Conference cycle with the next Conference taking place June 17-20, 2025 in Chicago, IL. Save the date for this must-attend event and participate in the planning process! We want to hear from YOU: Submit a proposal and help shape the content of the 2025 National Conference.

As we continue to navigate the current realities of today and the impact of the past several years on our work and lives, we seek refreshing, strategic, values-based, energizing, and visionary ideas that are emerging from the dance ecosystem. With this in mind, we invite you to reflect and submit a programmatic offering that speaks to the needs of the dance sector and acknowledges where we have been, where we are today, and where we intend to go. Conversations, topics, ideas, questions, sessions, and learnings that take place at Dance/USA’s 2025 National Conference will fuel the industry for the next decade.

What seeds do you want to plant with your national network of colleagues for long term, transformational change?

The due date to submit proposals is extended to Tuesday, April 30, 2024 at 11:59pm PT.

Learn More About the Call for Proposals!
Interested in learning more about the Call for Proposals? Want tips for creating your session proposal? Watch the recording from our recent information session hosted by Conference Curator Michele Kumi Baer and gain additional context on how to craft a strong breakout session proposal. Watch the replay!

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Grounding Keynote Speaker Christal Brown is standing onstage next to a podium and in front of a screen displaying an ASL interpreter, facing the attendees at the Dance/USA 2023 National Conference. She is wearing a white, blue, red, and yellow print outfit. Photo by Shoccara Marcus

Save the Date for the 2025 Conference!

Mark your calendars for the Dance/USA 2025 Conference, June 17-20 in Chicago, Illinois! Connect with your colleagues during timely sessions, member meetings, celebrations of leaders in the field, performances, and more.  At the 2025 Conference, you will:

  • Hear from leaders from across the dance ecosystem. Participate in engaging and illuminating panels and workshops that will help prepare you for a vibrant future.
  • Grow your skillset. Address shared problems and leave with practical tips and innovative ideas that will help advance your work. 
  • Expand your professional network. Connect with your peers and build new professional relationships. The Dance/USA Conference attracts a broad range of creative workers and dance professionals including independent artists, dance presenters, agents and artist representatives, education and service providers, executive directors, artistic directors, company managers, fundraisers, development and marketing staff, and more.

2025 National Conference Host Committee Co-Chairs
Thank you to the award winning and distinguished Chicago dance leaders who will lead the 2025 Host Committee, a vital component of the Dance/USA National Conference. The 2025 National Conference Co-Chairs are:

  • Joanna Furnans, Dance Artist and Executive Director, Chicago Dancemakers Forum
  • Jorge Pérez, Executive and Associate Artistic Director, Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theater and Board President, See Chicago Dance
  • Vershawn Sanders-Ward, Founding Artistic Director and CEO, Red Clay Dance Company

About the Dance/USA 2023 National Conference
Dance/USA presented the 2023 Conference June 13-16 in Atlanta, Georgia. The theme of the Conference was EMERGE | BECOME | MOVE; the convening offered strategic, values-based, energizing, visionary ideas that spoke to the needs of the dance ecosystem. Explore the 2023 Conference sessions and speakers and learn about the dance leaders who were honored at the convening. 

“It's like a summer intensive for your job.” - Past Conference Attendee
"I was blown away by the depth of the conversations." - Past Conference Attendee
“It galvanizes the dance community.” - Past Conference Attendee

Sponsorship Opportunities

Gain unparalleled access and virtual exposure to the professional dance field’s artists, managers, representatives, and service providers by sponsoring Dance/USA today. For more information, contact the Dance/USA Development Team.

Press Opportunities

Interested in obtaining a press pass to the Dance/USA Conference? Contact our Leadership & Learning Department to learn more about the opportunity.

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2023 Conference Platinum Sponsor
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Honors Awards Sponsor
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2023 Conference Silver Sponsor
Center for Business and Management of the Arts Claremont Graduate University
Grounding Keynote Sessions Bronze Sponsor
Wilsons Center Cape Fear Community College logo
Welcoming Soiree Bronze Sponsor
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