The purpose of Dance Metro DC is to cultivate a thriving dance community.
Dance Metro DC serves and engages dance artists, organizations, students, audiences, arts administrators and dance theater professionals by offering marketing opportunities and resources, visibility for the field, initiatives for connection and convening, and audience and professional development programming; all in support of artistry in dance throughout the greater Washington, DC metropolitan area.
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.
Since its inception in 2005, Dance Metro DC has been working to foster an environment in the DC metropolitan area where the professional field of dance can thrive.