Program Overview

 Dance Metro DC program activities address
three primary needs among the regional dance community:

Economic Stability, Community Cohesion, and Cultural Visibility.

Economic Stability
for individuals and organizations in dance.

Choreographers’ Commission – This grant program supports the creation, development and presentation of new dance works by regionally based choreographers. Commissioned artists will be co-presented in a showcase presentation at a partner venue.

Rehearsal Space Subsidies – Affordable rehearsal space is provided to multiple artists through partnerships with Glade Dance Collective’s NACHMO program and the residency program curated by Dance Loft on 14.

Professional Development – Four separate training series engage multiple partners and various approaches to enhancing core competencies for dance professionals. Series topics include trainings for dance educators, dance journalist, anti-oppression, and administrative/strategic topics as identified by needs assessment.

Fiscal Sponsorship – In response to the need for access to funding opportunities, Dance Metro DC provides fiscal sponsorship for dance projects that align to the organization’s core mission.


Community Cohesion
among a diverse spectrum of dance makers and creative participants.

Community Convenings – The DC Dance Summit, Dance Leadership Council, and other community-driven initiatives bring participants together through convenings aimed at cultivating partnerships and building social capital.

Membership – A benefits program that provides special discounts on organizational and partner services, and offers access to unique opportunities for dance professionals throughout the metropolitan area. Includes the DancePass program.

Online Dance Community Directory – An online listing of over 300 active dance artists, companies, studios, venues and other partner resources throughout the region and beyond.

Online Dance Events Calendars – Performances, master classes and workshops, auditions, special events, ongoing classes and job opportunities are submitted by partners and hosted on Dance Metro DC’s website.

Bi-weekly Dance eNews – Events and opportunities listed in the online Dance Calendars are collated and sent via email to approximately 2,000 active regional email subscribers.


Cultural Visibility
including audience development and identifying community impact.

Presentation Opportunities – Partnerships with Dance Loft on 14 and Dance Place aim to augment existing presentation opportunities and increase access to shared showcase performances for multiple artists.

Studio Dance Program – The result of a partnership with Dupont Circle Village, this daytime lecture/demonstration program brings professional dance experiences to senior communities in the District of Columbia.

Anti-Racism and Anti-Oppression Programming – Through a combination of contracting with outside organizers, and the development of a local cohort of trainers, Dance Metro DC has committed to working towards the elimination of racism and oppression throughout the regional dance community.

Advocacy – Dance Metro DC fulfills a key role as an advocate for the regional dance community and its participants.

Dedicated eBlast Service – Dedicated emails highlight member events and special opportunities to approximately 1,800 active regional email subscribers.








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