The Dance Company membership category is open to dance companies of all sizes and genres that meet the following criteria:
- Maintain an on-going performance activity;
- Maintain a paid artistic or administrative staff of at least one, and regularly compensate performers;
- Have been in continuous operation for at least one year.
*If you do not meet any of the above criteria, you may still be eligible for membership. Please contact the Director of Member Services via email for more information. Dance companies located outside of the United States are encouraged to join as International Affiliate members.
The administrative and artistic leaders of dance company members are invited to actively participate in one of the several Dance/USA Standing Councils with representation and voting rights on the Board of Trustees. Chief administrators are assigned to a Managers Council as well as Artistic Directors depending on their organization’s budget size.
Dance Company Membership Dues
Dance/USA Dance Company Membership Dues are determined by annual budget size. These four budget sizes correlate with Managers and Artistic Directors Councils for Dance Companies of similar organizational sizes to collaborate with their peers, so kindly use your 2019 (pre-COVID) budget to determine your Dance Company membership size. We have created two dues options for each budget size, discounted from our pre-COVID, historical pricing. You may
- Dance Companies with Budgets of $15 Million and Greater: $10,000
- Dance Companies with Budgets Between $3 Million and $14.9 Million: $7,500 or $5,000
- Dance Companies with Budgets $750,000 and $2.9 Million: $2,000 or $1,200
- Dance Companies with Budgets $749,000 and Below: $500, $350, or $200
Benefits marked with an * are extended to all permanent employees of the organization. Employees should contact the Director of Member Services to inquire about any of these benefits.
The Dance/USA Choreographic Repository is a platform exclusive to Dance/USA Members to facilitate connections between choreographers and dance managers, agents, presenters, and artistic directors. This platform aims to build collaborative pathways across the field through a database of choreographic works housed in Vimeo.
Leadership & Learning
- Join quarterly Council and Affinity Group Calls to connect with your colleagues and discuss current trends in the field.*
- Participate in in-person Council and Affinity Group Meetings.*
- Register for Dance/USA’s Annual Conference at the discounted member rate.*
- Access the member exclusive Google Groups for each of our Affinity Groups, for dance company managers/executive directors, and for dance company artistic directors. *
- Participate in Dance/USA webinars and expand your learning on a specialize topic.*
- Attend the Dance Forum, annually held in New York City, just prior to the Association of Performing Arts Professionals Conference.*
- Receive discounted registration rates to attend other national conferences.*
Research & Information
- Access data and statistical information.*
- Annually review our Snapshot of the Field and add your costumes and sets to our online Repository.*
- Keep up-to-date on news from the field by reading The SPIN and Dance/USA Bulletin; organizational members are invited to submit news items to be included in The SPIN as well as job and audition announcements to be included in the Dance/USA Bulletin free of charge.*
- Get in-depth review of key topics in the field – and add your voice – with our online e-journal From the Green Room.*
- Request one (1) non-customized complimentary copy of Dance/USA’s mailing list per member year.
Advocacy & Visibility
- Be visible on Dance/USA’s website with a link to your organization’s website.
- Be represented in front of Congress, the White House, and other federal agencies.
- As a member of Dance/USA, you are also a member of the Performing Arts Alliance; respond to timely action alerts when an important issue needs your attention.*
- Receive monthly updates on arts funding and policy issues.*
- Advocate for dance by joining our Dance Advocacy Network. Contact Dance/USA’s Government Affairs Director to join.*
- Arm yourself with various tools to advocate for dance.
- Receive talking points and assistance with scheduling visits to speak with federally elected officials.*
- Stay informed about federal legislation that directly affects you and your work (i.e., federal funding, tax resolutions, visa policies, etc).*
Archiving & Preservation
- Discounts on Archiving Services.
Benefits marked with an * are extended to all permanent employees and dancers (when applicable) of the organization. Employees should contact Director of Member Services to inquire about any of these benefits.