Dance Industry Census Logo


Page Updated November 18, 2022 2:00 p.m.



10 Days to Go
76% to Goal
1136 Surveys Completed
1500 Response Goal

Response goal is set as 25% of the known universe of 6000 dance workers in NYC.


Top Key Takeaways (As of October 31, 2022)

The Census is not yet representative of the industry’s dance workers and needs engagement from:

  • Administrators, leadership, production and other people who support dance making and dance education.
  • Dance workers Bronx, Queens, Staten Island, Long Island, Upstate and New Jersey 
  • ALAANA, Immigrant, LGBTQIA+, Gen X and older and gender identities other than Ciswoman/woman

Facts & Figures

  • 70% of responding dance workers reside in Manhattan or Brooklyn
  • 7% identify as disabled 
  • 49% identify as ALAANA
  • 60% identify as Cis-woman or woman
  • 50% identify as heterosexual or straight
  • 61% are Millennials
  • 18% are immigrants born outside of the United States


On the left: a 2x2 chart organized by Role in dance. The chart reads:  Dancer/Dance Artist: 72%; Choreographer/Dance Maker: 51%; Educator and/or  Teaching Artist: 47%; Movement artist/ practitioner: 30%; Staff Member: 19%; Artistic Director: 15%; Another Role: 13%; Production Team Member: 9% On the right: On the left: A map of NYC-metro area. The title reads ‘Individuals by location’. The map indicates 2% in upstate NY; 2% in NJ; 1% in Staten Island; 36% in Manhattan; 4% in Queens; 34% in Brooklyn; 11% in The Bronx; 1% in Long Island.

Pink and orange gradient background with white text reds 'INCOME. $49,771 average total income. 4.1 average jobs in dance in last year; 64% of total Income comes from dance; 52% also work outside of dance; 58% do not believe they earn fair wages for work in dance; 41% worked in dance without compensation in last year; 34% earn less or significantly less than pre-pandemic


“Dance has been my life. It has been the source of great happiness for me. It was what I was meant to do. And I am so lucky to have had a life where I knew this and could pursue this dream.”

“...As dance archivist, I engage with many dance elders who are in dire shape financially and have very little support and resources…to fall back on. I'm often fearful that I'll end up in a similar situation as I age in the field.”

“I worked in the industry for 10+ years…I got tired of seeing [abusive] behavior excused and no real changes to correct systemic problems...low pay, terrible working conditions, and long hours.”



10 Days to Go
60% to Goal
253 Surveys Completed
425 Response Goal

​Response goal is set as 25% of the known universe of 1700 organized dance entities in NYC.


Top Key Takeaways

The Census is not yet representative of the sector and needs engagement from:

  • Organizations, businesses, fiscally-sponsored groups and sole proprietors
  • Entities with budgets of more than $100,000
  • Entities that support dance but do not directly produce or present dance programming
  • Entities outside of Manhattan

Facts & Figures

  • 70% of responding entities produce dance programming (including dance companies)
  • 70% have budgets of less than $100,000
  • 46% are located in Manhattan
  • 58% are non-profit organizations, another 20% are fiscally sponsored
  • 40% classify their financial health as weak or very weak
  • 40% do not have a formal DEI policy 
  • 30% do not provide accessibility accommodations


On left: a 2x2 chart organized by type of dance entity. The chart reads: Producing (including 
dance company) 70%; Education 45%; Presenting 38%; Service 23%; Facility 11%; Another type 10%; Media 9%; Union/Management 2%. On the right: A map of NYC-metro area. The title reads ‘Location’ The map indicates 1% in upstate NY; 3% in NJ; 1% in Staten Island; 46% in Manhattan; 7% in Queens; 22% in Brooklyn; 6% in The Bronx; 4% in Long Island.

On left: a 2x2 chart organized by budget size. Thee chart reads: Less than $25,000, 31%; $25,000 to $49,999, 19%; $50,000 to $99,999, 20%; $100,000 to $249,999, 9%; $250,000 to $499,999, 9%;$500,000 to $999,999, 5%; $1,000,000 to $4,999,999, 6%; $5,000,000 to $9,999,999, 2%. In center text reads ‘Financial Health: 40% classify financial health as weak/very weak; 56% do not hold a reserve or savings; 30% do not have endowment/investments. Structure: 58% non-profit organizations. On right: 2x2 chart organized by income source. Chart reads: Earned Income 29%; Individuals 20%; Private Foundations 8%; Government - Federal 8%;  Corporations 7%; Government - City 6%; Government - State 5%; Board Members 4%. *Businesses, LLCs, Corps not included (100% earned income)


“It is important to find LONG TERM solutions. We have to pay "salaries" to dancers and all the team around them. We have to keep audiences engaged and aware.  We have to organize a dancers union…”

“My group is funded by jobs I take outside the field of dance.”

“There are not enough grants, not enough long-term support. Commissions are too low and not enough. Space rentals are too expensive.”


*Response goals are set as 25% of the known universe of dance workers (approx. 6000) and organized dance entities (approx. 1700). That universe has been defined using data sources from US, New York and New York City governments and publications as well as relevant service organizations including fiscal sponsors.

Dancer in blue clothing, dancer in pink clothing, and dancer in red clothing are bending over with arms lowered in a circular shape. Their costumes are gauzy. Text overlay reads

Sign up for Dance/NYC News