Professional Development Opportunities

Professional development is essential to building a resilient dance field. Dance/USA strives to ensure that dance professionals have equitable access to the latest information and innovations on which to build our collective future. Through convenings, collaborative partnerships, and presentations, we connect our members to a wide range of ideas, leaders, and opportunities.

Information on Dance/USA’s exclusive professional development opportunities, which include convenings, webinars, trainings, and office hours, may be found by exploring both our Conference and Leadership and Learning pages.

Below, we also host a user-generated listing of opportunities from members and affiliates. For more information on getting your upcoming professional development opportunity listed and applicable fees (listings are FREE for Dance/USA members), please contact our Membership Team.

Organization: Threads Dance Project
Location: Minneapolis, MN

Threads Dance Project is excited to announce the return of our unique summer intensive experience! Over the years we have developed a one-of-a-kind dance training opportunity specifically designed to bring diverse youth together through the connective power of dance. Even more exciting is that this year’s intensive will serve as a preliminary workshop where students can get early practice with audition material in preparation for our upcoming audition for our new pre-professional dance training program, Youth Dance Project (YDP) scheduled for July 31st.

To learn more and apply click here.

Organization: The School at Jacob’s Pillow
Location: Beckett, MA
Contact: Email

Engage in a year-long online institute with a network of fellow choreographers facilitated by core faculty Celeste Miller (Institute Director), Kimberli Boyd, and Michael Richter.

This training program in the Curriculum in Motion® method is designed as a co-creative workshop/residency model applying choreographers’ methods to the curriculum, question, issue, or theme of a community partner.

Curriculum in Motion® asks: How can artists, their community partners, and participants build reciprocal relationships with participatory dance-making rooted in the unique choreographic methods of the choreographer?

To learn more and apply to join the 2022-2023 cohort by June 22, click here.

Organization: Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation

Alan W. Cooper served as Executive Director of MAAF for 23 years, from 1994 to 2017. Under Cooper’s Leadership, MAAF established a reputation for excellence, integrity, and innovative programs and services that extends beyond the mid-Atlantic region to national and international communities. Cooper fostered a true partnership among the region’s State Arts Agencies and the nation’s Regional Arts Organizations. His belief in the importance of public-private partnerships and international cultural exchange was reflected in the programs he developed and fostered, including USArtists International, the French-American Jazz Exchange, Southern Exposure: Performing Arts of Latin America, and the Living Legacy Jazz Award. Cooper’s commitment to diverse artistic expression and belief in the arts as an agent of change made him a champion of artists, arts organizations, and audiences throughout his career. His impact will be felt for many years to come.

Established in 2017, the Alan Cooper Leadership in the Arts Award honors the legacy of an arts leader who has made outstanding contributions to the arts through extraordinary leadership. The Award seeks to recognize individuals who continue Cooper’s legacy of leadership in the arts sector.

To learn more, click here.

Join movers, makers, artists, and leaders from communities near and far to explore tools and practices for collaborating and creating across generations. With faculty from across Dance Exchange history and across the globe, this Institute will take place in connection with Dance Exchange’s Dance On program which celebrates aging with dance, creativity, and connection.

As part of our Organizing with Artists for Change Initiative (OAC), Dance Exchange Institutes embrace process and performance, dialogue and dancemaking, and the role of artists as changemakers. The 2021 OAC Winter Institute will include live online movement classes (adapted for our home spaces) and workshops that delve into creative tools and practices from Dance Exchange as well as our peers and collaborators.

Facilitation of the 2021 OAC Winter Institute will rotate each day to include a range of voices and perspectives including Dance Exchange staff and partnering artists. More on our Institute faculty coming soon.


Please note: Listings on this website ( are all user generated. The inclusion of content by any user does not constitute an endorsement by Dance/USA of that individual or organization’s views. Please email Dance/USA’s Membership Department if you have any questions or would like to flag a listing. Dance/USA reserves the right to remove a posting at any time.