Each year, Dance/USA invites its dance company members to participate in surveys that collect information regarding programming, operations, and finances. A benefit of membership, these surveys provide its company members with information useful for purposes of planning, benchmarking, and decision-making and permit Dance/USA to gather information that may be suggestive of evolving trends within the larger dance field.
The surveys listed below are conducted by Dance/USA on an annual or biannual basis.
Annual Operations Survey
Conducted for over 20 years, the Annual Operations Survey is the first of two surveys directed at Dance/USA dance company members with budgets of $3,000,000 and greater. This survey collects data on the numbers of new works, dancer contract weeks, staff size, ticket pricing, audience attendance, building ownership, and other aspects of company operations.
Annual Financials Survey
Conducted for over 20 years, the Annual Financials Survey is the second of two surveys directed at Dance/USA dance company members with budgets of $3,000,000 and greater. This survey collects data from balance sheets, income statements, and more broadly covers the financial activities of the most recently completed fiscal year.
Annual Dance Organization/Group Survey
A streamlined version of the Operations and Financials survey, this is a manageable-sized survey designed to collect basic financials and operational activities from member dance organizations/groups with budgets under $3,000,000.
Personnel Compensation Survey
Conducted during even-years, the Personnel Compensation Survey collects data on the compensation provided to dance companies’ artistic and administrative staffs and dancers employed on a full-time, part-time, hourly, and per-service basis. Note that full aggregate findings from this survey are only available to the company managers of participating companies.
School Personnel Survey
Conducted during even-years, the School Personnel Survey collects data on the compensation provided to the school personnel and dance instructors of dance schools and dance companies offering dance training through such other models as K-12 artist residency programs. This survey further covers members’ educational models, approaches to curriculum development, and instructor hiring.
Dance/USA also periodically conducts other surveys of its membership upon request and based on member interest. Please contact the director of research and information services for additional information regarding Dance/USA administered surveys.