Dance/USA Invites Nominations of Candidates to Join the Dance/USA Board of Trustees

May 3, 2023

Contact: Johanna Tschebull

Washington, DC –  The Dance/USA Trustees Committee is currently accepting nominations for potential candidates to be added to Dance/USA’s 2024 slate of new Trustees to join the Board and serve a 3-year term, commencing on January 1, 2024 and concluding on December 31, 2027.  

We invite you to share your suggested nominees by completing this form. You will be asked to provide the following information about the candidate(s) you are nominating: the person’s name and contact information, their bio, location, and website/social media handles, why you believe this person would be a good addition to the Dance/USA Board of Trustees at this time, and your contact information. The due date to submit candidate suggestions is Tuesday, June 20, 2023, at 11:59 PM PST. 

The Dance/USA Trustees Committee is seeking new Trustee nominations that represent the multiplicity of racial and ethnic diversity; geographic location; skill sets; and groups that have been historically excluded from positions of power within the dance ecosystem. In addition, members of the Board are selected based on their experience in, knowledge of, and passion for dance; their various expertise; their willingness to share their talents to support the sector; and their potential for Board leadership.  

Dance/USA maintains the strategic priority to place individuals at the center of its decision-making who are of Native and BIPOC descent, LGBTQIA+ identified individuals, people who identify as Deaf (including deaf, Hard of Hearing, Late-Deafened, and DeafBlind identities) and/or Disabled, individuals who are neurodiverse, and individuals who are firmly rooted in the dance community and/or within the genre of physically integrated and disabled-led dance.  

In addition, we are seeking Trustees who offer backgrounds and skill sets that fill any gaps based on the demographic makeup of our current Board with a strong consideration given to individuals with financial and legal expertise, who identify as artists and are actively engaged in the creative process, who are 39 and below in age, and are based in the South/Southeast and Mountain West regions of the United States.   

The Dance/USA Board of Trustees connects a multiplicity of voices within the dance ecosystem that authentically represent the breadth of the national dance community. All Trustees must be committed to Dance/USA’s Vision and Mission; embody Dance/USA’s core values of Connectivity, Creativity, Equity, and Integrity; and be willing to support the advancement and amplification of our core services of Advocacy, Archiving & Preservation, Leadership & Learning, and Research. 

The Dance/USA Board of Trustees is a “working Board,” which is “an informal term that has emerged to describe a governance setting where [B]oard members perform not only their fiduciary and strategic duties, but also partner with [members of an organization’s team] to fulfill management and technical functions” (Board Source, 2013), and shall include the Executive Director, elected Trustees, Board Committees, and Trustees who are members of Impact Groups. 

Trustees serve a three-year term, with the option to renew for a second three years (a total of six years of Board service). Learn about the required commitments and responsibilities of the Dance/USA Board of Trustees. Responsibilities are reviewed by Board leadership annually and subject to change. This information is also available on the Dance/USA website below the listing of the Board of Trustees. 

Learn about the Dance/USA Board of Trustees and Dance/USA’s Vision and Mission Statement, Core Values, and Strategic Plan

Equal consideration will be given to those who self-nominate or are nominated by a peer. If you are nominating a peer, the Trustees Committee respectfully requests that you do NOT contact your nominee to gauge their interest, availability, or for any other reason. Please connect with Hillary Kooistra, Board Liaison with any questions or concerns.

About Dance/USA
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.

Established in 1982, 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. Learn more about Dance/USA at

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