Dance/USA Announces the 2020 Institute for Leadership Training Participants

June 15, 2020

CONTACT: Johanna Tschebull

Washington, DC – Dance/USA, the national service organization for professional dance is pleased to announce the selection of six early-career dance leaders and six mentors for the Dance/USA 2020 Institute for Leadership Training (DILT), a national dance mentorship and leadership development program. The overarching goal of Dance/USA’s Institute for Leadership Training is to build the leadership and decision-making skills of early-career dance leaders who represent the diversity of the national, professional dance community. The program has a specific focus on supporting individuals of African, LatinX, Asian, Arab, and Native American descent; individuals with disabilities or working in physically integrated dance; and individuals from a diversity of gender identities including transgender, agender, gender fluid, and genderqueer. The members of the 2020 DILT cohort were selected through a competitive process, and work within a broad range of genres and communities across the country. The 2020 cohort will engage in a six-month one-on-one mentorship experience which begins at the Dance/USA 2020 Virtual Conference and runs through December 2020. Learn more about the 2020 mentees here and the 2020 mentors here.  

“Dance/USA is excited to launch the 2020 DILT cohort. This year has provided significant challenges for everyone, affecting personal support systems and connections. The DILT mentorship program is designed to help fill those gaps, thereby strengthening mechanisms for compassion, insight, and guidance. Congratulations to all of the 2020 program participants!” said Dance/USA Executive Director Amy Fitterer. 

Learn more about the Dance/USA Institute for Leadership Training here.

Dance/USA is grateful to The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for their generous support of the Institute for Leadership Training. Dance/USA is also grateful to its ongoing funders who support the program: Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, The Harkness Foundation for Dance, National Endowment for the Arts, and The Shubert Foundation.

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. Dance/USA is the national service organization for the professional dance field. 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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