VALUES OF EQUITY & INCLUSION
Committed to dance in the metropolitan New York City area, Dance/NYC has adopted Dance/USA’s national statement on and core values of equity and inclusion, as adapted for Dance/NYC. Dance/NYC works in alliance with Dance/USA, the national service organization for professional dance.
Dance as an art form provides expression, celebration, exploration, and transformation for all people. Inclusion and equal treatment of all members of the dance community in the metropolitan New York City area are core values of Dance/NYC and central to its mission. In achieving core values of equity and inclusion, Dance/NYC is committed to diversity in every aspect of its programming and services. Diversity in this context refers to groups, communities, and individuals identified by dance genre or form, race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, religion, age, or disability status. Dance/NYC is committed to honoring, nurturing, and advancing dance through the lens of diversity, inclusion, and equal opportunity in all aspects of its programming, services, and organization. Inclusion means a commitment to making all members of the dance community feel welcome and comfortable at Dance/NYC.
Dance/NYC demonstrates its commitment to the core values of equity and inclusion by:
- Recruiting and retaining leadership and staff who reflect the diversity of the communities in which it serves;
- Providing educational and professional development programs, research, publications, and policy positions that are relevant and culturally competent;
- Acting as a leading voice in the dance and greater arts community for the recognition of the challenges to diversity, equity, and inclusion; and providing a platform for the honest and open exploration of paths towards a truly inclusive dance community in the metropolitan area; and
- Supporting Dance/USA’s development of national standards, in conjunction with Dance/USA’s overall mission that promotes and encourages the dance community to be knowledgeable and sensitive to issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Dance/NYC acknowledges the acute need to remove barriers to the recruitment, retention, and advancement of dance groups, dancers, choreographers, and administrative/management staff from historically excluded populations who are currently underrepresented in the dance field.
Dance/NYC is currently undertaking programmatic initiatives focused on three priority areas: increasing ethnic and racial equity, meaningfully integrating disabled people, and advancing immigrant artists in professional dance. Learn more about Dance/NYC's most recent initiatives: Disability. Dance. Artistry. and Immigrant Artists.