Dance/USA Commitment to Equity & Inclusion

Statement on Equity and Inclusion

Dance as an art form provides expression, celebration, exploration and transformation for all people.  Inclusion and equal treatment of all members of the professional dance community are core values of Dance/USA and central to its mission.  In achieving core values of equity and inclusion, Dance/ USA is committed to diversity in every aspect of its programming and services. Diversity in this context refers to groups, communities and individuals identified by dance genre or form, race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, religion, age, or disability status.  Inclusion means a commitment to making all members of the professional dance community feel welcome and comfortable at Dance/USA.  

Dance/USA is committed to honoring , nurturing and advancing dance through the lens of diversity, inclusion and equal opportunity in all aspects of its programming, services and organization.  

Core Values of Equity and Inclusion

Dance/USA demonstrates its commitment to the core values of equity and inclusion in the following ways:

  • Recruiting and retaining membership, leadership and staff who reflect the diversity of the communities in which it serves;
  • Providing educational and professional development programs, research, publications, and policy positions that are relevant and culturally competent;
  • Developing national standards, in conjunction with Dance/USA’s overall mission, that promote and encourage all members and the greater dance community to be knowledgeable and sensitive to issues of diversity, equity and inclusion;  
  • Acting as a leading voice in the dance and greater arts community for the recognition of the challenges to diversity, equity and inclusion; and providing a platform for the honest and open exploration of paths towards a truly inclusive national dance community.

Dance/USA acknowledges the acute need to remove barriers to the recruitment, retention, and advancement of dance groups, dancers, choreographers, and administrative/management staff from historically excluded populations who are currently underrepresented in the professional dance field.