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December 13, 2016

Dear Friends,

Greetings from your dance service organization!

Dance Metro DC believes that dance has the power to build bridges (not walls), bring communities together (not force separations) and provide opportunities to experience multiple perspectives around the complex issues facing our world today.  Even here in the DC metropolitan area, members of our own dance community have been targeted by homophobic, racist and xenophobic violence.

Dance Metro DC rejects this behavior and acknowledges that this type of hateful and fear-induced conduct is not acceptable. In light of the current political and social climate, Dance Metro DC affirms our commitment to diversity, inclusion and creative community engagement in all of our programs that support the dance community of the national capital region. 

At this critical moment, we ask for your continued financial support so that Dance Metro DC can be prepared to help dance professionals meet the challenges ahead.


Pictured: Kyoko Ruch and Dancers; photo by Francisco Campos-Lopez

As you may know, resources for dance have historically been insufficient to effectively support and sustain a growing professional landscape for dance in our region.

I am writing to you today with a special appeal. This year, Dance Metro DC is in the midst of a broad-based individual major gifts campaign with a lofty goal of raising $100,000 by December 31. To date, we have raised $76,565 – of which almost 90% of contributions are from individuals! This means that people just like you have helped Dance Metro DC to strengthen its programs, deepen its partnerships, and expand the scope of its services to artists, organizational partners and community-based initiatives in dance.

By the end of 2016, Dance Metro DC will have provided over $18,000 in direct support to artists and organizations in dance throughout the greater Washington, DC area. Presentation Grants, Choreographers’ Commission Grants, and Rehearsal Space Subsidy programs are the flagship direct support programs of Dance Metro DC. In combination with services that include professional development training, event listings, dedicated marketing initiatives, and networking opportunities, our suite of services for dance professionals aim to make the conditions possible for dance to thrive in the national capital region.

Dance Metro DC engages the expertise of its board of directors, as well as the influence of its membership and partners to determine the most essential program priorities and community initiatives to provide. For example, in response to widely voiced need among our community for expanded dance journalism, Dance Metro DC created the DC Dance Journalism project and since August have commissioned over 30 dance reviews and previews for local dance presentations.

Inline with community needs, Dance Metro DC’s professional development workshops and information sessions have seen an increase of almost 100% in participation from community members over the previous year. Professional Development offerings in 2016 have been created through partnerships with Dance/USA, In The Lights PR, The Actors Fund, Washington Area Lawyers for the Arts, the International Association of Blacks in Dance, and the American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA).

Our plans for next year are to restructure our program offerings inline with stated needs from the dance community and a focused response to the volatile cultural climate that we face today in our nation. If funding is secured, Dance Metro DC intends to implement the following direct support programs:

• Unrestricted project support grant for women choreographers.

• Unrestricted project support grant for choreographers of color.

• Unrestricted project support grant for LGBTQ identified choreographers.

• A community arts partnership grant program that encourages choreographers to partner with a non-arts community-based organization for the purpose of helping that community partner to achieve its goals by using, in part, the expertise of the choreographer in creative problem solving. Support for this program will be provided to BOTH the choreographer and the non-arts community partner.

The amounts and number of awards are currently pending support for these initiatives. Dance Metro DC is hopeful that we can build upon our track record of support from individuals and institutions both inside and outside of the Washington, DC area.

Enclosed are a few items that further describe our work and vision. I invite you to please take a few thoughtful moments to review the materials and learn how Dance Metro DC is making a difference in the dance community. I also urge you to please consider a contribution of $300 or more to help sustain our programs for dance. Of course, donations in any amount will be greatly appreciated.

There are several ways for you to support the work of Dance Metro DC!

1. Make a secure online donation via Network for Good
2. Visit our website at and become a member.
3. Contact the staff to learn about volunteer opportunities.

Thank you for your time and consideration! I look forward to seeing you out in the dance community!

In creativity,

Stephen Clapp
Dance Metro DC
Dance Metro DC is a non-profit 501(c)(3) charitable organization. All contributions are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law.


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