Dance Metro DC joins a national cohort and signs on to the Dance/USA Statement In Support of a Healthy, Safe, and Equitable Culture

Professional dance, like any other industry in our society, must reckon with the dynamics of power, the challenges of interpersonal communication, and the impact of systemic inequities. Power can be  abused and inappropriate or disrespectful behavior can harm individuals’ ability to thrive.  Furthermore, abuse of power, bullying, and harassment can impact all people regardless of gender, identity, ability, race, age, or sexual orientation. Anyone can be an offender or a victim.

As awareness of the extent and effects of sexual harassment in the arts and other fields has been raised in our country, a cultural shift is underway to decry the silence and impunity that has for too long enabled misuses of power. As a national service organization for dance, it is our responsibility to promote healthy and safe working environments in our field and to support the cultural movement towards a more equitable future.

We challenge and commit ourselves to celebrating our art form of physical expression while ensuring our field is a safe and equitable place for all.

This is an opportunity for everyone in the dance field to audit themselves and their organizations and ask: Is the culture in my dance environment healthy? Are individuals who need to speak up empowered and given a supportive path to do so? Is everyone, in all levels and positions, educated about what behavior is inappropriate and about what constitutes an equitable workplace? Are the individuals in power respectful of everyone around them? None of us should be exempt from honestly conducting this personal evaluation.

To support the dance field during this time of national cultural change, dance service organizations are coming together in solidarity. Together, we commit to advocate for healthy organizational environments that do not tolerate harassment of any kind or abuse of power. United, we champion a just and equitable culture where individuals have supportive pathways to speak up.

By signing on to this statement, we agree to:

  • Advocate for a culture that is safe and equitable for all individuals and is intolerant of harassment of any kind or abuse of power
  • Ensure our own organizations put in place and enforce healthy and equitable policies and procedures
  • Provide resources, information, and/or education to the dance field, as appropriate, to promote safe and equitable work environments for all individuals in our field

Alabama Dance Council; Birmingham, AL
American College Dance Association; Rockville, MD
American Tap Dance Foundation; New York, NY
Audience Architects; Chicago, IL
Boston Dance Alliance; Boston, MA
Dance/NYC; New York, NY
Dance/USA; Washington, DC
Dance Bridge with the City of Boulder Office of Arts + Culture; Boulder, CO
Dance Metro DC; Washington, DC
Dance Resource Center; Los Angeles, CA
Dance Source Houston; Houston, TX
Dance Wire; Portland, OR
Dancers’ Group; San Francisco Bay Area, CA
Destiny Arts Center; Oakland, CA
National Dance Education Organization; Silver Spring, MD
New England Foundation for the Arts; Boston, MA
OhioDance; Columbus, OH
Resources for Dancers at The Actors Fund; New York, NY
The Dance Complex; Cambridge, MA
The International Association of Blacks in Dance, Inc.; Washington, D.C.  

Our Leadership is Growing!

Dance Metro DC welcomes five new board members to the leadership table! Please help us welcome these new board members and celebrate the full team of amazing individuals who are committed to our mission of strengthening the field of dance in the national capital region! The full board is listed below and if you see any of them out in the community, be sure to thank them for their service to the field and commitments to dance!

Evlyn Baker (Chair)
Executive Assistant
American Alliance of Museums

Daniel Paredez (Treasurer)
Co-Artistic Director
Furia Flamenca

Binahkaye Joy (Secretary)
TheFamily Dances

Meg Booth*
Director of Dance Programming
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

Charita Brent *
Information Technology Specialist
Government of the District of Columbia

Stephen Clapp
Executive Director
Dance Metro DC

Judy Estey *
Director of Development
Dance Place

Karen Reedy *
Artistic Director
Karen Reedy Dance

Karina Valverde
Marketing Programs Specialist
State Department Federal Credit Union

Elizabeth Watson *
Campus Manager
Alexandria Economic Development Partnership

Meera Wolfe
Independent Dance Consultant

Cynthia Word
Artistic Director
Word Dance Theater

* new board member

Our Staff is Growing too!

Dance Metro DC welcomes two new part-time staff members Laura Katzman and Bre Seals! Laura joins Dance Metro DC after an internship at Dance Place and Bre found us through Dance Loft on 14’s ICONS Choreographic Institute! Bre will work closely with Michelle to focus on deepening our community partnerships through the DancePass program and Laura will work with Stephen as Dance Metro DC’s new Development Associate. Dance Metro DC is delighted to bring these two fabulous individuals onto the team that works to strengthen the professional field of dance in the DC area!

Shout-Out to Former Interim Board Chair

Dance Metro DC sends a Very Special Shout-Out and Thanks to our outgoing Interim Board Chair, Steve Barberio. In 2017, Steve, as the Executive Director of Joy of Motion came forward to serve as Interim Chair of the Board. During his tenure as Interim Chair, Steve worked closely with other board members and staff to help develop our Strategic Plan and identify the wonderful individuals who recently joined the Dance Metro DC board.

We’re sorry to see Steve leave the leadership table of Dance Metro DC and to learn that he’ll be leaving Joy of Motion, as well. Next month, he will return to his hometown of Minneapolis/Saint Paul to be closer to his family. We wish him all the best in his new ventures and are confident that the Joy of Motion Board has a solid plan in place to fill its leadership position.

Thanks so much Steve for your commitments to the dance community here in DC! We wish you well on your journey and hope you come back to visit soon!

Dance Journalism Project relaunches in February!

Application Deadline Extended until February 15

With a renewed focus on professional development for writers, Dance Metro DC’s 2018 Dance Journalism Project will be a 10-session program where writers will work in a cohort environment aimed at strengthening writing skills and increasing experience with critical reviews for dance, artist interviews, and more! Taught by long-time dance writer Lisa Traiger. Click here to apply!

Undoing Racism

Dance Metro DC and Dance Exchange are working together to bring organizers from the People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond (PISAB) to the DC area! On March 16, 17 & 18, Dance Exchange will host a 2 1/2 day Undoing Racism training with PISAB. Cost is $250 per person. Space is limited.

To register send an email to info @

2018 DC Dance Summit – Save the Date

September 21-23, 2018. Save the date for the 2018 DC Dance Summit which will take place at Dance Place and Dance Loft on 14! Stay tuned for details coming soon…