Circles and Focus Groups

Circles are groups of DANC members working collectively on a common goal that will continue indefinitely (similar to a committee) while a focus group is for short-term research. If you would like to join a circle or focus group, reach out to a circle or group below. If you’d like to create your own circle or focus group to help us organize better, please reach out at freelancedanceartists@gmail.com or attend a meeting if you can.

Core Documents Circle

This circle is engaged in the redevelopment of the written documents that guide DANC — its mission, tenets, values, and protocol. Revised documents will be brought to the full membership for approval and a vote.

To join this group or learn more about its work, email coredocuments.DANC@gmail.com and a volunteer in this circle will reply.

Internal Structure Circle

This circle is focused on reimagining and evolving DANC’s structure of leadership & representation as well as its manner of meeting. Areas of inquiry include elections and other voting occasions, building racial and geographic equity, ensuring accessibility, and decentralizing power.

To join this group or learn more about its work, email internalstructure.DANC@gmail.com and a volunteer in this circle will reply.

Funding Circle

This circle seeks to understand the various sources and modes of funding that might be available to DANC — knowing that a system of unpaid labor privileges those who have free time to volunteer. The group will also make recommendations on what legal structure DANC might need to take in order to be eligible for outside support such as grants, and will consider DANC’s past and current and income expenses.

To join this group or learn more about its work, email funding.DANC@gmail.com and a volunteer in this circle will reply.

Membership Growth & Marketing Circle

This circle will make recommendations on growing DANC’s membership, develop templates and messaging and strategy for social media, and expand platforms. (TikTok???)

To join this group or learn more about its work, email growing.DANC@gmail.com and a volunteer in this circle will reply.

Outreach Circle

This circle is especially focused on making connections with educational and training institutions, in order to reach dancers who have yet to enter the workforce. 

To join this group or learn more about its work, email connecting.DANC@gmail.com and a volunteer in this circle will reply.

Advocacy & Learning Circle

This circle works to create opportunities for DANC members to engage in ongoing education, leverage DANC’s community for political action, and to build alliances across the labor movement. 

To join this group or learn more about its work, email advocacy.DANC@gmail.com and a volunteer in this circle will reply.

International Dancers Circle

This circle provides a place for international dance workers to discuss their unique needs and challenges, particularly in the context of a hostile immigration system, and for citizen dance workers to ally themselves. 

To join this group or learn more about its work, email internationaldancers.DANC@gmail.com and a volunteer in this circle will reply.

Letter of Agreement Circle

This circle is working on a letter of agreement template and a negotiation toolkit for freelance dancers. The construction of these documents began collectively, through satellite focus groups of DANC members to address wages, benefits, working conditions, equity, and negotiation.

To join this group or learn more about its work, email letterofagreement.DANC@gmail.com and a volunteer in this circle will reply.

Unionization Research Focus Group

This short-term research-based focus group will work to understand the practical and legal feasibility of a union for freelance dancers, looking at the National Labor Relations Act, past efforts to unionize freelance cultural workers, and other models of collective organizing and action both within the United States and outside of it. 

To join this group or learn more about its work, email unionresearch.DANC@gmail.com and a volunteer in this group will reply.