Recent Activities

This timeline only includes activities and events that are public. Some descriptions are vague in order to protect people’s identities in sensitive situations.

March, 2023

Movement Research Performance Journal feature

DANC’s contract-builder featured in MRPJ’s issue on labor.

March, 2022

NPN Conference

Four DANC members presented a panel discussion on DANC’s history, goals and present projects.

January-March, 2023


Paused most ongoing operations to focus time and energy specifically on grant writing and other fundraising.

December 12, 2022

General Membership Meeting

Members shared how they are navigating their personal finances as 2022 draws to a close. See meeting notes.

December 5, 2022

Meeting with Dance/NYC regarding reparations

Second mediated meeting since launching #StopDisabilityErasure campaign in July

November, 2022

Allied with colleagues advocating for dancers’ rights in a major US city

DANC members offered various forms of support to a local coalition of activists.

November 7, 2022

General Membership Meeting

Discussion included New York’s new wage transparency law, standards, and inflation. See meeting notes.

November 3, 2022

Meeting with Dance/NYC regarding reparations

First mediated meeting since launching #StopDisabilityErasure campaign in July

November, 2022

Interviewed by Stance on Dance

Check out the published piece, “Advocating for Equity Across the Dance Field.”

October, 2022

New round of grant applications

Applied for several sources of funding

October, 2022

Reevaluation of internal leadership structure and bylaws

Decided to dedicate one Leadership Meeting per month to this review process moving forward.

October 3, 2022

General Membership Meeting

New members introduced themselves, returning members discussed how they’re holding up. See meeting notes.

September 16-25, 2022


Dedicated time off for Leadership Committee

August, 2022

Launched mutual aid campaign

Raised funds for a DANC member in need via gofundme: Black Dance Worker Exploited by Nonprofit

August, 2022

Consulted with a grant writer

Equipped with tools and recommendations to move forward with more intensive fundraising.

August, 2022 – present


Corresponding with Dance/NYC and checking in with each other as a group became a priority and took a lot of time and energy throughout the second half of 2022 and beginning of 2023.

August 1, 2022

General Membership Meeting

Topics included DANC’s recent calling out/in a few institutions both publicly and privately as well as DANC’s Audition Guidelines. See meeting notes.

July 24, 2022

BIPOC & Disabled Community Meeting

Discussion revolved around experiences of ableism and disability erasure caused by a specific institution.

July 23, 2022


Check out DANC’s Stop Disability Erasure project, including demands for Disability Justice at Dance/NYC and throughout the field.

July 20, 2022

Dance/NYC census launch event

As a member of the DWR taskforce, DANC member Vanessa was slated to be a speaker at this event, but was excluded on the day of. See #StopDisabilityErasure.

July, 2022

Reached out to ODC/Dance

Acted on behalf of dozens of DANC members who expressed concern or outrage. Called ODC in regarding the fees and other conditions of their audition workshop. See Audition Guidelines.

July-August, 2022

Contract-builder test drive

Volunteer DANC members test out the latest version of the contract-builder for dancers, setting the stage for another round of edits.

July 11, 2022

General Membership Meeting

Topics included DANC’s participation in Dance/NYC’s DWR Taskforce, DANC’s upcoming BIPOC and Disabled Community Meeting, and some logistics of launching the LOA/contract-builder project. See meeting notes.

June, 2022


Added new positions and new people to the Leadership Committee.

??-September, 2022

DWR Taskforce

Sent representatives to