Leadership & Learning

Ensuring that the dance field has exceptional leadership on which to build its future is a priority for Dance/USA. Recognizing that leadership comes in all styles and points in a career, we strive to reach deeply and broadly across the membership by including both the artistic and administrative sides of the dance field from experienced executive directors, marketing and development personnel to young professionals recently entering the field.  Through a variety of valuable face-to-face conferences and distance learning opportunities Dance/USA delivers professional development opportunities.

Dance/USA offers face-to-face conferences, where participants form peer-groups –- called Councils -- have many hours of casual conversation, information sharing and problem solving discussions behind closed doors.  Members find these Council sessions among the richest benefits offered by Dance/USA.   In addition, each convening offers at least one networking event, from receptions at local museums or theaters and dance showcases to Honors award ceremonies.

Complementing these conferences, Dance/USA also offers distance learning opportunities on our website through out the year. Members are encouraged to take advantage of webinars, available for instant download, on valuable financial topics such as practical recession planning. In addition, electronic newsletters will be offered throughout the year, providing key financial tips and tools. Lastly, conference calls will be available providing topical telephone coaching sessions for development directors, finance managers, and other appropriate staff. These valuable Current Professional Development Opportunities bring members new and exciting distance learning opportunities.

Dance/USA currently offers the following Professional Development Opportunities:

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Annual Conferences: Dance/USA's Annual Conferences convene hundreds of performing arts professionals from the national and international dance community. Programming at Annual Conferences seeks to provide intellectual stimulation and creative inspiration for trustees, executive directors, general managers, artistic directors, operations managers, and administrative staff of all sized companies, presenters, agents/artist representatives, services organizations, choreographers, and dancers.

The 2019 Annual Conference will take place June 12-15 in Cleveland, OH.

Dance Forums: These primarily focus on the administration of dance companies and are tailored for maximum benefit to executive directors, general managers, and operations staff of dance companies. They provide an opportunity to spend quality time together, share learning, and to engage in in-depth discussion about the theme of the year.

The 2018 Dance Forum took place January 12 in New York, NY.

Distance Learning: This allows members to constantly benefit from professional development opportunities through out the year. Distance learning, offered through the Nonprofit Finance Fund, seeks to compliment annual conferences and forums by offering valuable up to date professional development opportunities via webinars, newsletters and conference calls.