New York, NY (For Immediate Release)– The dance service organization, Dance/NYC, released a featurette highlighting the diversity and contributions of the New York City dance industry to the local creative economy. The video was produced to encourage individuals, organizations, and businesses to complete the Dance Industry Census, which will close on December 15, 2022 at 11:59pm EST.
As Dance/NYC enters the final weeks of its effort to have every dance worker, dance business, dance organization, and dance-related group counted, leaders of the initiative and featurette participants hope the video reveals the many ways dance happens in our communities and how integral dance workers, businesses and groups are to a thriving society.
Dance/NYC also hopes the video will serve as a call to action for the dance community to make sure they are recognized and represented in the decisions about creative workers’ rights, protections, pay equity and labor issues–decisions where the dance community is often neglected.
Featured dance workers and organizations in the video include:
Arthur Aviles, Alethea Pace, and Richard Rivera courtesy of Arthur Aviles Typical Theater
Dance Rising, Footage edited by Carley Santori
Danielle Riley, Contemporary Ballet Theatre
Devin Matias, Indigenous Dancer, Redhawk Native American Arts Council
Gibney Dance‘s Digital Media Initiative
Jason Samuels Smith courtesy of Divine Rhythm Productions
John Fernandez, Abrons Art Center
Khalil Peoples, Contemporary Ballet Theatre
Kwikstep a.k.a. Likwid
Leslie Prosterman & Austin Alexis
Navatman Dance and Navatman Staff
Omar Edwards, Freedom Tap Studio NYC
Pepper, Choreographer, Contemporary Ballet Theatre
PMT House of Dance, Julie Carter Choreography
Potri Ranka Manis, Kinding Sindaw
Sachiyo Ito, Artistic Director, Sachiyo Ito and Company
Sydnie L. Mosley, Artistic Executive Director, Sydnie L. Mosley Dances
About the video, Dance/NYC Executive Director, Alejandra Duque Cifuentes stated:
“This video aims to highlight the beauty and breadth of the dance community in NYC. Our hope is that it will galvanize our industry to get counted in the Dance Industry Census thereby ensuring that the contributions we make to the City’s creative economy are acknowledged, and that economic justice for the dance community becomes a priority, rather than an afterthought.”
The Dance Industry Census survey period is open until December 15, 2022 at 11:59pm. The full featurette can be found at https://youtu.be/R5_4VNy4z84.
For media requests related to the Dance Industry Census, please email [email protected].