National Leadership Council for Dance

In January 2012, Dance/USA launched the National Leadership Council for Dance (NLCD) as a way for individuals from across the country to help raise the visibility of the professional dance field.  The NLCD offers dance patrons the opportunity to learn about the issues facing the field, share information, and support the advancement of dance nationally.

Founding Members

Founding Members are individuals who made a contribution of $2,500 or more to Dance/USA in 2012.  NLCD Founding Members range from executive directors of renowned dance companies to dance enthusiasts who have a passion for furthering and strengthening professional dance.

To view a full list of the current and founding NLCD Members click here


In September 2012, NLCD members participated in the first annual gathering in Washington, DC where they  met with key leaders in the arts and public policy.  This gathering gave NLCD members the opportunity to advocate on Capitol Hill on behalf of dance and the performing arts. 

In November 2013, NLCD members convened in Washington, DC for the second annual gathering. Over two days, they visited members of Congress on Capitol Hill, dined and conversed with Matthew Bourne before viewing his performance of Sleeping Beauty at the Kennedy Center Opera House, received a guided tour from the curator of the National Portrait Gallery's "Dancing the Dream" exhibit, met with the deputy director of the President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities, and met with the chair of Grantmakers in the Arts. 

House Seat Program

NLCD members also have access to house tickets for purchase at partnering dance companies and presenting organizations. We are very grateful to all of the companies that agreed to participate in the House Seat Program. 

To view a full list of NLCD House Seat participants click here.

Become a NLCD Member

We invite you to join this exciting group of dance advocates and support the national dance field!

Download the Pledge Form. 

For more information or to join the National Leadership Council for Dance, please contact April Gruber, director of development, or call 202.833.1717 x104 for additional information.