D.C.’s dance community is thriving and vibrant, but with so many companies, studios, classes, and often little funding—it can be overwhelming. Since its inception in 2005, Dance Metro DC has served to strengthen the dance community by providing resources, services and direct support to hundreds of dance artists. We are here to serve you.
We work to connect dance professionals to the opportunities to help them grow in both skill and capacity to create a sustainable career. Our membership program provides professional dancers and organizations with class discounts, funding opportunities, marketing and promotion, studio space, and additional support resources.
Whether your networking at a DMDC happy hour, attending a class with your membership discount, participating in our programming, or connecting with other dancers in our private Facebook community, you are going to find your home with us.
In 2003, Dance/USA conducted a needs assessment study on behalf of the DC Metro area’s dance community. In response to the study’s findings, which included a need for sustained leadership and centralized services to strengthen the field of dance in the region, Dance Metro DC was established in 2005 as a branch of Dance/USA.
In March of 2011, Dance Metro DC established itself as an independent arts service organization. An advisory committee of stakeholders in the dance community established a Board of Directors and incorporated in Washington, DC as a non-profit organization. As of March 2012, Dance Metro DC received its determination for 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status.
Rebecca A. Ferrell, Executive Director
She is a dance advocate, artist, educator, and producer. She holds a BFA in Dance and Choreography from Virginia Commonwealth University as well as an MFA in Dance from Arizona State University. As a longtime activist for the arts, Rebecca has served as the Director of the VA Dance Symposium, Co-Producer of the Richmond Dance Festival, dance critic for GayRVA and RVA Magazine, ACDA Central Region Conference Coordinator, Director of Public Relations and Engagement for the University of Illinois’ Department of Dance and the Director and Curator of the Flatlands Dance Film Festival. Additionally, her arts consulting and management skills have supported organizations, universities, and dance artists throughout the East Coast and Midwest. As a native of Richmond, Virginia, she is thrilled to join Dance Metro DC as their new Executive Director, as well as joining dance faculties at Shenandoah Conservatory and American University. Rebecca looks forward to continuing to strengthen the field of dance in the DMV area and re-connecting with its incredible dance community!
Board of Directors
The mission of Dance Metro DC is to strengthen the field of dance in the national capital region. We accomplish this through support, promotion, education, convening and advocacy for individuals and organizations in the professional field of dance.
Dance contributes significantly to the economic and cultural vitality of the DC metropolitan area.
Cultural Equity and Diversity
We strive for diversity and equity through all aspects of our work. We are committed to ensuring equitable inclusion in and access to all of our programs and services.
Collaboration and Partnership
We believe in the cultivation of partnerships towards the development of social capital and shared resources for the regional dance community.
We seek to nurture leadership in dance.
Innovation and Empowerment
We are committed to fostering innovation in dance and empowering dance professionals to succeed.