The Dance Company membership category is open to dance companies of all sizes and genres that meet the following criteria:
- Maintain an on-going performance activity;
- Maintain a paid artistic or administrative staff of at least one, and regularly compensate performers;
- Have been in continuous operation for at least one year.
*If you do not meet any of the above criteria, you may still be eligible for membership. Please contact the director of member services via email or at 202.833.1717 for more information. Dance companies located outside of the United States are encouraged to join as International Affiliate members.
The administrative and artistic leaders of dance company members are invited to actively participate in one of the several Dance/USA Standing Councils with representation and voting rights on the Board of Trustees. Chief administrators are assigned to a Managers Council depending on their organization’s budget size, while artistic directors are assigned to an Artists Council depending on their dance genre.
To become a member of Dance/USA, simply fill out our online form. You will be added to our database and begin receiving member benefits immediately. The Dance/USA membership year runs from July 1 to June 30. Dues for new members joining in the middle of the year will be pro-rated on a quarterly basis*. Dance Company members may choose to establish a payment plan for their membership dues. All memberships are renewable annually on July 1 and dues are invoiced during the month of May. Please contact the director of member services with any questions regarding the membership program and benefits, the application process, or dues payments.
Dues are calculated based on the operating revenue from a company’s most recently completed fiscal year, which can be found on line 12 of your most recent Form 990 or line 9 of your most recent Form 990-EZ, and are as follows:
- Up to $100,000: $150/year
- $100,001–200,000: $225/year
- $200,001–400,000: $400/year
- $400,001–600,000: $750/year
- $600,000 and $999,999: Operating Revenue × 0.00173/year
- $1,000,000 and $2,999,999: Operating Revenue × 0.00185/year
- $3,000,000 and $7,999,999: $3,750 base dues + (Operating Revenue × 0.00045)/year
- $8,000,000 or more: $8,700/year
*For new members joining in the middle of the year, dues are prorated on a quarterly basis. Any payment(s) made on membership dues are non-refundable.
Benefits marked with an * are extended to all permanent employees of the organization. Employees should contact the director of member services to inquire about any of these benefits.
- Subscription to The Spin—a bi-weekly e-newsletter and the Member Bulletin—a monthly listing of jobs, auditions, grants, and other opportunities; organizational members are invited to submit news items and job announcements complimentary for these e-newsletters and to appear on the Dance/USA website*
- Access to the member-exclusive Dance Companies Google Group*
- Two subscriptions to the Dance/USA Journal—a semi-annual publication featuring articles on issues of importance to the dance community; news stories relating to arts and dance; essays from leaders in the dance field; calendar of upcoming events; and highlights of Dance/USA sponsored events
- Visibility on Dance/USA’s website, including a link to your organization’s website
- Quarterly updates on Dance/USA’s activities from Executive Director Amy Fitterer*
- Membership in the Performing Arts Alliance, the premiere advocacy organization for the not-for-profit performing arts*
- Representation on Capitol Hill and assistance with scheduling visits to federally elected officials*
- Complimentary peer consultation letters for foreign artists and groups filing to obtain visas from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service when the company is the petitioner or beneficiary.
- Arm yourself with tools to advocate for dance!
- Join our Dance Advocacy Network to increase the sharing of advocacy information, develop tools and resources for effective dance advocacy, and inspire other citizens to advocate for this wonderful art form. If you have questions about the Network, contact Brendon Gryde, our government affairs director*
- Now that you’re a part of the movement to strengthen dance in America, you need to have your very own pocket-size advocacy resource on dance! Pocket Advocacy is a bi-fold card, the size of a traditional business card, which can be referenced on short notice for quick advocacy facts. To request your Pocket Advocacy today, contact the director of member services*
- A complimentary registration for one staff member from your organization to participate in Arts Advocacy Day, an annual convening of the arts community to advocate for the importance of the arts*