National Leadership Council for Dance

Launched in 2011, the National Leadership Council for Dance (NLCD) is a group of extraordinary patrons comprised of dance champions, enthusiasts, advocates, and leaders of renowned professional dance companies from across the United States. NLCD members engage not only in philanthropic support for the craft, but are committed to working collectively to strengthen and advance the field at the national level. Members serve as ambassadors to the dance field in their respective home communities, as well as a valued representatives and resources to Dance/USA in our nationally focused work.

National Leadership Council for Dance

Each year NLCD members:

  • Make a minimum annual contribution of $2,500 to Dance/USA
  • Maintain philanthropic support for the dance company, organization, or artist with which they are currently affiliated

As a member of the Council individuals are invited to:

  • Participate in the annual Winter Soiree in New York City
  • Attend the Dance/USA Annual Conference featuring exclusive Council events
  • Utilize Dance/USA’s “House Ticket” program

Founding Members

Founding Members established the National Leadership Council for Dance in 2012.  These extraordinary individuals range from executive directors of renowned dance companies to dance enthusiasts who have a passion for furthering and strengthening professional dance.

To view a full list of the current and founding NLCD Members click here


Annual Conference

Exclusive NLCD events are held each year during the Annual Conference. This is an opportune time to meet and connect with other Council members; learn about pertinent issues facing the field; share information; and advocate for support and the advancement of dance nationally.  Recent events have included:

2018 | Private tours of the Academy of Motion Pictures Archives and Library with a focus on dance in film.

2017 | Exclusive learning from the Midwest Center for Nonprofit Leadership on intergenerational leadership and a private dinner at the home of Dick and Evelyn Belger. 

2016 | Meeting with University of Texas at Austin Professor Dr. Francie Ostrower to explore case studies and discuss issues of Board diversity.  Following, NLCD members enjoyed a private tour of the Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Library and an exclusive dinner at City of Austin Mayor Steve Adler’s personal residence. 

Winter Soiree

Since 2015, the Council has convened in New York City each January around the Dance/USA annual Dance Forum held in conjunction with the Association of Performing Arts Professionals conference. Members attend a performance at the Joyce Theater featuring a private cocktail reception, plus participate in an exclusive event with a local company or artist.  Recent engagement has included:

2020 | Private tours of the New York Public Library’s Jerome Robbins Dance Division 75th Anniversary Exhibition and the new MoMA.

2018 |  A private tour of the School of American Ballet (SAB) before observing a SAB Women’s Variation Class with an exclusive meet and greet with Jonathan Stafford, member of the Interim Artistic Leadership Team of New York City Ballet. 

2017 |  An intimate private rehearsal with Jessica Lang Dance and a reception with Lang and dancers following. 

2016 |  Visited the Mark Morris Dance Center for a private rehearsal, Q&A session with the acclaimed choreographer, and luncheon with Mark Morris and his company dancers.  

National Leadership Council for Dance

House Seat Program

NLCD members also have access to house tickets for purchase at partnering dance companies and presenting organizations. We are very grateful to all of the companies that agreed to participate in the House Seat Program. 

To view a full list of NLCD House Seat participants click here.

Become a NLCD Member

We invite all interested parties to learn more about the National Leadership Council for Dance nomination process by emailing April Gruber, director of development, or call 202.833.1717 x404.

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