Dance/USA represents the interests of the national dance community before Congress, the White House and federal agencies. As a founding member of the Performing Arts Alliance (PAA), Dance/USA works with the broader arts field to advocate for the development of national policies that recognize and strengthen the art field’s ability to contribute to American life. All Dance/USA members are also members of the Performing Arts Alliance.
Dance/USA members receive timely information on legislative developments and advocacy opportunities through the Government Affairs listserv, the bi-monthly SPIN newsletter, and Action Alerts. Action Alerts are emailed by the Performing Arts Alliance (PAA) when important legislation influencing the arts is moving through Congress. The Alerts describe the legislation, offer background information if necessary, and suggest an action members can take. In most cases, when Dance/USA requests action, sample letters will accompany the Alerts. Action Alerts only take a few minutes to complete and have a tremendous impact on positively influencing arts policy.
Dance/USA explores timely advocacy issues throughout the year by offering workshops, webinars, conference calls, and other advocacy-related programs in addition to co-sponsoring Arts Advocacy Day in Washington, DC each year. To learn more about Dance/USA programs, please visit the Professional Development department.