Open Call For New DanceForce Member

DEADLINE: November 30 2017

The New York State DanceForce, in partnership with the New York State Council on the Arts, is publicly seeking a new member.

The New York State DanceForce is a statewide consortium of 18 dance activists committed to increasing the quantity and quality of dance activity throughout New York State. Each of our members receives an annual funding allocation to design projects that bring dance artists to upstate NY communities in customized residencies. Since its founding in 1994, the DanceForce, through the work of its members, has funded over 350 projects, raising more than $2.8 million in support of these endeavors.

Member Responsibilities

Members are required to design, plan, implement, and document at least one DanceForce project each year they receive funding. They are also required to attend a 3-day meeting each summer. Attendance at a half-day winter meeting in New York City is optional.

Members are expected to serve on committees and to file project proposals and reports to document their projects.

Membership Criteria

Applicants must be New York State residents. Preference will be given to applicants whose projects will take place outside the counties of New York, Kings, and Queens, and especially in counties not currently represented by our members. College students are not eligible to apply.

The DanceForce membership, taken as a whole, strives to be geographically, culturally, professionally and aesthetically diverse, insofar as it represents the diversity of the art form and of its constituents in New York State.  We therefore prioritize applicants from African-American, Latino(a)-American, Asian-American, Arab-American and/or Native American (ALAANA) communities.

DanceForce members are individuals who function independently or in organizational contexts. They may happen to work as artists, presenters, administrators, educators, or writers. What matters most is their advocacy for the art form and their championing of its practitioners.

Members share core personal attributes:

  • They are passionate about the art form of dance.
  • They are independent and self-motivated.
  • They work creatively with partners towards shared goals.

Members bring important capabilities to the DanceForce:

  • They possess curatorial experience that reflects high artistic standards.
  • They are experienced at creating dynamic dance projects.
  • They can serve as a well-informed representative of their region (knowledge of the dance community and the changing opportunities and resources).
  • They have access to resources such as space and people.
  • They are able to garner support for their projects (cash, in-kind, volunteer support and political support).
  • They are able to make a significant contribution to an artist’s development and/or to audience development for dance. Audience development includes growth in attendance and/or increased dance literacy.
  • They demonstrate a continuing commitment to the development of their own dance literacy (e.g. attending dance performances, participation in other dance meetings and conferences outside of this forum).
  • As DanceForce members, their priority is to advance other artists’ careers over serving their own.


This is a non-paid position, but the expenses of travelling to and attending member meetings are covered. A small honorarium is provided for attending the 3-day summer meeting.

Application Procedure

Download the application form from here and save it as a file on your computer. Fill it out, replace the file name with your name (e.g. John Doe.pdf), and submit it to curt[[AT]]

Please also submit a resume or biographical statement, naming it “Your Name” plus “Bio” or “Resume”.