Between 2013-2014, Dance/USA participated in the EmcArts Innovation Lab for Arts Development Agencies, a learning experience that provided Dance/USA with the opportunity to explore its most complex challenges and implement learning activities to move towards adaptive responses for better supporting dance communities. During its participation in the EmcArts Innovation Lab, Dance/USA developed and piloted a staff residency program as a means of more deeply connecting with dance communities located throughout the United States. During the pilot program in 2014, residencies were completed in Denver and Miami.
2016-2017 marked the inaugural year of the full program. During this period, two Dance/USA staff members spent approximately 10 days based in their residency city, learning about the city’s dance ecosystem. Staff conducted interviews with local dance makers and cultural leaders, observed and participated in events where possible, and explored local resources. Learnings from the program will be made publicly available and will be used internally to inform Dance/USA’s programs and services and externally to increase the visibility of the work of dance makers in the residency city.