Tuesday, December 12, 2023

State of NYC Dance: Findings from the Dance Industry Census


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A Research Performance Event + Community Gathering for the Dance Industry

Join Dance/NYC as they unveil up-to-date data compiled from the Dance Industry Census and Roundtable Discussion Series. This research performance event and community gathering for the NYC dance industry will give participants and stakeholders from across the field the opportunity to learn more about what the Census found, what it means for the future of the dance industry, and what actions they can take to build a thriving dance ecosystem.

A part of Dance/NYC’s Dance. Workforce. Resilience. (DWR) Initiative, the event is curated by Alejandra Duque Cifuentes. It will feature performances by Sydnie L. Mosley Dances and Ladies of Hip Hop, remarks by members of the DWR Advisory Group, and a community meal.


When: Tuesday, December 12, 2023, from 6:00 – 8:30 p.m. ET.

• 5:30 p.m.: Doors open for check-in and networking
• 6:00 – 8:30 p.m.: Event

Where: In-person at Chelsea Factory, 547 W 26th Street, New York, NY 10001, with some elements of the presentation live streamed via YouTube Live.

COVID-19 Safety: Masks and proof of vaccination/or proof of negative test results are required. Extra masks will be provided. Learn more about Dance/NYC’s COVID policy.

Registration: This event is free and open to the public.

*We have currently reached our registration capacity.* 

You can join the waiting list by completing the registration form. Should space become available, we will contact you using the email address you provide.

Note: You can still experience the research presentation online via the live-stream on Dance/NYC’s Youtube channel.

Already registered but can’t make it? Please email if you can no longer attend the in-person event so that we can accommodate someone from the waitlist.

If you need any other assistance with registration, please email


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Chelsea Factory is an ADA accessible venue.

ASL logo  ASL interpretation provided by SignNexus

Closed Captioning logo    Closed captioning provided the Viscardi Center.

Audio Description logo Audio Description provided by Tess Dworman.

All venues are accessible and in-person venues are designated sanctuary spaces for the duration of the events. Learn more about Dance/NYC’s sanctuary space practice.


MTA Subway and Bus Services are available to travel to the venue. 

• Take the 7 to 34 Street-Hudson Yards (accessible station) 
• Take the C, E train to 23rd Street (not an accessible station)
• Take the M12 Bus to 11 Avenue/W 26th Street
• Take the M11 Bus to 10 Avenue/W 27th Street

Access-A-Ride Drop-off Points:

• Nearest to AAR drop-off point: 330 W 28th St (Manhattan)
• Additional Option: 33rd St & 8th Ave (East of 8th Ave.)

CityBench Locations:

• Nearest to venue: 180 10th Avenue (with seat back) 
• 540 West 21st Street (with seat back)

Venue Entrance
The east building door will be the entrance to this event, and the event space(s) are located on the ground floor of the venue. The accessible drop off area is located directly in front of the building. Power doors are not available at this venue, but all the doors will be propped open or operated by an event volunteer as needed.

Navigating the Venue
The event will be held on the ground floor of Chelsea Factory. There are no stairs, elevators, or significant thresholds to navigate. Gender-inclusive and wheelchair accessible restrooms are available, and ADA water fountains are located next to the restrooms. Rooms are lit by incandescent and theatrical lighting. Dance/NYC staff and volunteers will be on site to guide attendees to the appropriate space(s).

Food and Drink
After the performance event, we invite attendees to a catered community meal. There will be vegetarian and gluten-free options. For hygiene and safety, food will only be served by Dance/NYC staff between 7:30 – 8:15 p.m. and the food area will be in the same room as the research presentation space. The food will be served buffet style.

Event Accessibility

• Media slides and graphics will be visually described by presenters. 
• ASL interpreters will be made available to deaf/Deaf attendees at designated areas.
• CART services will be made available to all attendees throughout the event. 
• Audio Description services will be made available throughout the research performance portion of the event. 
• Child care and health care are not available for this event. 
• The event will be live-streamed on Youtube Live with direct piping in of media slides and in-person footage.

Access Requests
The event will include ASL interpretation, Closed Captioning, and Audio Description. If there is anything we should know that can help ensure you have an accessible experience, and to help us connect you to the correct service provider, please confirm if you will make use of any of these services by contacting the Dance/NYC Programs Team at least two weeks prior to the event via email at or call (212) 966-4452 (voice only). Requests made less than two weeks in advance of the event are not guaranteed.

Event Partners
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Sanctuary Space Statement

Dance/NYC and its venue partners declare the Dance Industry Census Roundtable Discussion Series to be sanctuary spaces for the duration of each event. This acts on Dance/NYC’s commitment to justice, equity, and inclusion. In declaring a sanctuary space, Dance/NYC and venue partners commit to:

• Providing a safe space for all - a space free of discrimination; a space where people will not be mistreated because of their race, ethnicity, gender or gender expression, immigration status, sexual orientation, disability, or religious faith (or lack thereof).
• Protect any information on immigration status of all members, staff, artists, and visitors in any way possible and to the best of our abilities.
• Invite participation in art, culture, and education in a place free of fear.

COVID-19 Statement

Dance/NYC is committed to maintaining an environment that prioritizes the health and safety of staff, volunteers, participants, and attendees at its events. Per New York City Guidelines, cultural venues are allowed to determine their own policies regarding masks and vaccination. 

Per CDC, OSHA, and cultural sector recommendations, and the policies of our venue partners, we have outlined the following guidelines. These are subject to change based on evolving guidance from officials and Dance/NYC’s ongoing assessment of these policies. 

Summary of Guidelines

• All attendees, participants, staff and volunteers are required to:
• Wear a KN95 or N95 mask that covers both nose and mouth, except for brief moments to eat or drink in designated areas.
• Show proof of vaccination status as outlined
• If claiming a medical or religious exemption, show proof of negative COVID-19 test (at home/antigen/PCR) with:

○ A photo of an at home rapid COVID-19 test with a time stamp
○ A receipt of a lab Antigen or PCR test with confirmed negative results

• Practice hand washing and hygiene. 

Dance/NYC will provide KN95 masks on site with clear bars for ease of lip reading.

Acknowledgement of Risk

There is an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 in any public space where people are present. Dance/NYC cannot guarantee that you will not be exposed to COVID-19 at in-person convenings. By attending the event, you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19 and agree not to hold Dance/NYC, or any of its trustees, directors, officers, employees, agents, contractors, or volunteers liable for any illness or injury.

• Dance/NYC staff and volunteers reserve the right to ensure compliance with these guidelines through verbal and written reminders. If compliance is not possible participants or attendees will not be able to enter the in-person event and/or will be asked to leave.
• If you have questions or concerns about safety practices please contact the Dance/NYC Programs Team at Dance/NYC staff will also be easily identifiable during the event should you have questions upon arriving at the venue.

Resources and Links

• Dance/NYC and Gibney’s Reopening Dance in NYC Website
• Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment Masking Notice
• Dance/NYC’s Cultural Sector Response

State of NYC Dance: Findings from the Dance Industry Census is made possible, in part,
by support from Con Edison.

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Dance/NYC’s Dance. Workforce. Resilience. Initiative is made possible, in part, by leadership support from the Mellon Foundation, New York Community Trust, Doris Duke Foundation, the Mertz Gilmore Foundation and a coalition of general operating support funders, and by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council, the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature, and the National Endowment of the Arts.

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