National Leadership Council for Dance

Launched in 2011, the National Leadership Council for Dance (NLCD) is a group of extraordinary patrons comprised of dance champions, enthusiasts, advocates, and leaders of renowned professional dance companies from across the United States. NLCD members engage not only in philanthropic support for the craft, but are committed to working collectively to strengthen and advance the field at the national level. Members serve as ambassadors to the dance field in their respective home communities, as well as a valued representatives and resources to Dance/USA in our nationally focused work.

Each year NLCD members:

  • Make a minimum annual contribution of $2,500 to Dance/USA
  • Maintain philanthropic support for the dance company, organization, or artist with which they are currently affiliated

As a member of the Council individuals are invited to:

  • Participate in the annual Fall Gathering in Washington, DC
  • Attend the Dance/USA Annual Conference featuring a special Council reception
  • Utilize Dance/USA’s “House Ticket” program

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


An exclusive reception is held each year for NLCD members at the Annual Conference. This is an opportune time to meet other members of the Council and learn about the field at large.

Since 2012, the Council has convened annually in the fall in Washington, DC to learn about pertinent issues facing the field, share information, and advocate for support and the advancement of dance nationally. 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 all interested parties to learn more about the National Leadership Council for Dance nomination process by emailing April Gruber, director of development, or call 202.833.1717 x404.

Download the Pledge Form  or make a $2,500 donation online