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What is the Dance Industry Census?

The Dance Industry Census is the first comprehensive research study that aims to better understand the size, makeup, health and state of the dance ecosystem in the metropolitan New York City area in order to address economic inequities in the field and ensure that all dance workers are recognized and represented. Dance/NYC designed this two-pronged survey effort to collect economic, social, and demographic data that reflects the experiences of:

  1. Individual dance workers and
  2. Dance organizations, businesses, groups, projects, and sole proprietors.

The Dance Industry Census will investigate inequities in the dance workforce that exist at the individual and systemic levels, including wages, compensation, and working conditions. This information will help form a comprehensive picture of the dance workforce and a collective narrative of the needs, interests, and goals of the dance industry. The data collection period for the Dance Industry Census will run from July 20 through October 31, 2022.

To learn more about the study, review Frequently Asked Questions about the Dance Industry Census.​


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How can I get counted in the Dance Industry Census?

The Census can be completed using:

Stay tuned for more information on Survey Dates and special events throughout the Census period.

For more information about the Census or additional methods for completing and submitting the Census, please call (212) 966-4452 (voice only) or email [email protected].

Who is the Dance Industry Census for?

If your work intersects with or relates to dance and you live and/or work within the New York City metropolitan area, the Dance Industry Census is for you! Dance/NYC embraces an inclusive definition of “dance worker” that recognizes the many roles, positions, and organized entities that are essential to making dance work happen, including but not limited to:

  • Performers, dancers, choreographers, directors, dance companies, and groups across settings, including:
    • Concert dance
    • Nightlife
    • Street dance
    • Theater
    • Circus arts
    • ...and more!
  • Dance studios, rehearsal spaces, and studio staff and personnel;
  • Dance performance venues, presenters, producers and event staff;
  • Creative collaborators and service providers, both individuals and collectives, across artistic disciplines, including: 
    • Musicians and accompanists
    • Costume, scenic, and lighting designers
    • Photographers, videographers, and filmmakers
    • Intimacy, fight, and stunt directors and coordinators
  • Stage managers and production professionals;
  • Publications, writers, journalists, critics, and dramaturgs;
  • Educational institutions, researchers, scholars, DOE educators, teaching artists and academics
  • Clinics, wellness providers and practitioners;
  • Managers, agents, and publicists; and
  • Dance service organizations, dance administrators, marketers and communications professionals, and service providers.
  • and much, much more! 

If you do not see your role, field, or other identity category represented here or on the Census surveys, please email [email protected]. Within the Census itself, all questions around roles, affiliations, identities, and demographics include an option with a text entry field: "If not listed, please specify:" that allows respondents to self-identify. Write-in self-identification responses provide Dance/NYC with important insights to continually refine its survey frameworks and data reporting.

The Dance Industry Census is for all individual dance workers and dance organizations, businesses, groups, and projects operating in the metropolitan New York City area. This includes:

  • The five boroughs of New York City;
  • Nassau and Suffolk counties on Long Island;
  • Westchester and Rockland counties in New York; and
  • Hudson and Bergen counties in New Jersey.

Why is the Dance Industry Census important?

Data plays a key role in shaping policies and practices that directly impact dance workers. The Dance Industry Census aims to collect information that can be utilized to ensure the full recognition and representation of dance workers and entities in New York City’s economic and cultural landscapes. Contributing your data provides a chance to make an impact: you can anonymously assert your identity, name your experiences, and tell your story alongside thousands of other dance workers. As a central component in casemaking to legislators, stakeholders, and funders, data from this study will be used to influence and advocate for meaningful change in policies and practices that directly impact the dance industry and its many workers and organized entities.

How will data collected in the Dance Industry Census be used?

All data in the Dance Industry Census is collected anonymously. Data will be analyzed by Dance/NYC and presented in aggregate form in Dance/NYC’s State of NYC Dance research report, to be published in June 2023. The report aims to identify gaps in information pertaining to key issues currently affecting the dance industry and will offer recommendations for policies and practices to address areas of need and advance equity and sustainability in the field.

What are the accessibility features of the Dance Industry Census?

The Alchemer survey platform used to administer the Dance Industry Census contains a range of accessibility features. Alchemer is compatible with screen reader technology and includes a tool that helps Dance/NYC understand the level of accessibility of any given survey programming. Alchemer is compliant with Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG). No images or video content will be used in the survey. 

Dance/NYC follows best practices for building accessible surveys, including measures for high color contrast, low vision mode, plain language, and survey logic structure. For additional access considerations or questions, please email [email protected]. You can learn more about Alchemer’s accessibility compliance and features by visiting

Where can I learn more about the Dance Industry Census?

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