Dance/NYC's mission is to promote the knowledge, appreciation, practice, and performance of dance in the metropolitan New York City area. It works in alliance with Dance/USA, the national service organization for professional dance.


Constituents Served

• 5,000+ individual dance artists
• 1,200+ dance-making entities
• 500+ nonprofit dance companies
• General public and visitors to NYC
• Students and educators
• Government and civic leaders
• Researchers



Action-Oriented Research

"Our field's voice at the table–every table."

Dance/NYC is committed to effective case building grounded in research and acts as a spokesperson on behalf of the field to the media, government and private funders, and the nonprofit sector. Pioneering research—focused on performance activity, audiences, economics, and workforce dynamics—demonstrates the contributions of the field and assesses its changing needs and opportunities. Through research, Dance/NYC guides policy and fund development and improves management practice.



Leadership Training/

Professional Development

"Bringing people together [and] brokering solutions."

Dance/NYC is amplifying its role as a convener, connecting and educating its constiutents and strengthening the collective voice for dance. Regular initiatives include an annual Symposium, the only full-day gathering in the metropolitan area; regular Town Halls and roundtable discussions focused on emerging field developments; and the Junior Committee of dance workers under 30, which serves as Dance/NYC's liaison to this core demographic and builds its leaders.


Special initiatives

• New Yorkers for Dance, a video campaign featuring personal statements on why dance matters to New York.

• NYC Dance Response Fund, established by the Mertz Gilmore Foundation to address fieldwide needs following superstorm Sandy.

• Disabilities and NYC Dance, a three-year initiative, in planning stages, supported by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation to increase access to the art form for people with disabilities.

Project IX - Pleiades