A Dance/USA Council is a peer group generally denoted by a membership category (e.g., Service Organizations Council, Presenters Council, etc.) or job function (e.g., Managers Council, Agents Council, etc.). See below for a complete list of Dance/USA Councils and Chairs. Continue scrolling for a complete list of Dance/USA Affinity Groups.
The Councils, also referred to as “Standing Councils” because they have representation and voting rights on Dance/USA’s Board of Trustees, meet in-person at Dance/USA Annual Conferences and connect throughout the member year via member Google Groups, quarterly Council Calls hosted by Dance/USA, and informal meetings in various locations across the country. Councils give members of Dance/USA an opportunity to discuss current issues and trends in the field and how these issues and trends affect their business.
Councils are not used as a marketplace, but instead as a gathering of industry professionals engaged in peer-to-peer networking, career development, and building a collaborative environment. Council agendas are designed by Council Chairs, in consultation with Council members, and are facilitated by the Council Chair.
Council Election Procedures
Each Standing Council elects a Council Chair to serve as their representative on the Dance/USA Board of Trustees and to coordinate Council meetings/calls. A Council Chair’s term lasts for one year, from July 1 to June 30, and Council Chairs may serve up to three consecutive terms. If a Council Chair has not reached their three term limit and wishes to remain as Council Chair for a second or third term, their intentions should be made clear prior to the election or nomination period. A Council may also choose to elect a Chair-Elect or Co-Chair for their Council. The Chair-Elect does not serve in an official capacity (i.e., on the Board) and is not subject to term restrictions, but does assist with Council activities and is often designated to take over as Council Chair when the current Chair finishes his or her term.
In early April, current Council Chairs will contact their Council members to prepare for an electronic election process. Council Chairs should be selected no later than May 15. This electronic election allows council members who cannot attend the Council Meeting to vote for a Council Chair. If you have any questions about the election process for Council Chairs, please contact your Council Chair or the Director of Member Services.
Agents, Managers, Producers & Promoters Council This Council is comprised of booking agents and artist representatives for companies and artists large and small, emerging to established. The Council works together and with fellow Dance/USA Councils to keep abreast of issues, strategies, and trends related to touring dance throughout the U.S. and internationally.
Artistic Directors Council for Member Companies with Budgets of $3 Million and Greater The purpose of this Council is to provide opportunities for its members to discuss issues pertinent to their unique careers as well as resources and networking for professional development.
2020-21 Council Chair Celia Fushille, artistic director, Smuin Contemporary Ballet
Artistic Directors Council for Member Companies with Budgets of $2.9 Million or Less The purpose of this Council is to provide opportunities for its members to discuss issues pertinent to their unique careers as well as resources and networking for professional development.
2020-21 Council Chair Karen Charles, artistic/executive director, Threads Dance Project
Managers Council for Member Companies with Budgets of$15 Million and Greater This Council is composed of executive administrators for dance companies with operating budgets of $15 million or more. Council members discuss common experiences on topics of relevance including, but not limited to: union labor relations; effective management of supply and demand of their product; artistic ownership, rights, and royalties; fundraising strategies and trends; real estate management; and individual experiences in managing their respective company’s operations.
2020-21 Council Chair Ellen Walker, executive director, Pacific Northwest Ballet
Managers Council for Member Companies with Budgets from $3-$14.9 Million This Council consists of senior management and/or executive administrators of dance companies with operating budgets between $3 million to $14.9 million. The purpose of this Council is to discuss common areas of concern and best practices in areas such as governance structure, dance schools, marketing, development, board relations, production, human resources, technology, etc. An equally important purpose is to provide networking opportunities for its members.
2020-21 Council Chair Scott Altman, president/CEO, Cincinnati Ballet
Managers Council for Member Companies with Budgets from $750,000-$2.9 Million This Council is composed of executive directors of companies that employ separate artistic and executive directors and individuals who may perform both functions. The council focuses on issues relating to artistic and executive directors’ overall organizational management and development, as determined most useful by its members.
2020-21 Council Chair Rhetta Shead, director of administration, Cleo Parker Robinson Dance
Managers Council for Member Companies with Budgets of $749,000 or Less Recognizing the diverse responsibilities of individuals who work in organizations with budgets under $749,000, this council is composed of administrators and artists with managerial responsibilities. Aiming to provide opportunities for networking and professional development, this Council is a forum to discuss management issues emerging from limited time and resources, often including the cost-effective application of technology, diversity and accessibility, sustainability, and planning for growth.
2020-21 Council Chair Katie Moore, business development manage, Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers (KYL/D)
Presenters Council Seeking to serve the broadest constituency of dance presenters around the country, this Council is open to dance presenters of all dance forms, organizational size and structure. The Council exists to provide a forum for peer-to-peer exchanges in issues affecting the touring and presenting of dance, as well as dialogue about issues affecting the broader dance community. The Council welcomes the input of its members to set agendas and lead such conversations.
Service Organizations Council This Council, composed of administrators and artists whose primary focus is providing service to the field, offers opportunities to share best practices and programs, address challenges, create joint programming, garner vital information from specially invited experts, and to network with colleagues from across the country.
Production Directors & Staff; chaired by Cody Chen of the Joffrey Ballet*
Marketing Directors & Staff; chaired by Lia Chiarelli of Pacific Northwest Ballet*
Development Directors & Staff; chaired by Christi Lotz of Ballet Austin*
Company Managers & those whom assume responsibilities related to company management
School Directors & Staff – both artistic and administrative; chaired by Ayisha Cravotta of Charlotte Ballet*
Community Engagement and Education Directors & Staff;chaired by April Berry of Kansas City Ballet*
CFO & Staff; chaired by Michelle Muller of Richmond Ballet. Vice Chair Lorin Wolfe of Nevada Ballet*
Deaf & Disability; co-chaired by Douglas Scott of Full Radius Dance and Judy Smith formerly of AXIS Dance Company**
Archiving and Preservation, chaired by Genie Guerard of UCLA Library**
Affinity Groups function similarly to a Dance/USA Council by providing Group members a forum to discuss current issues and trends within their slice or sector of the field. Additionally by connecting with one’s Group, Group members are able to network and strengthen their professional connections with a national scope, hone their leadership skills, learn from others, and share their learning.
Dance/USA Affinity Groups are accessible to dance company members with budgets of $3 million and greater.
Dance/USA Affinity Groups are accessible to the entire Dance/USA membership.
To ensure you and/or members of your team are connected to your Dance/USA Affinity Group, please contact Dance/USA’s Director of Member Services with “Dance/USA Affinity Group” in the subject line.
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