Dancemaker Survey - how should NDP evolve?

Sara smiles in front of a plain backdorp in a tan sweater
Former Program Director, Dance

As the National Dance Project (NDP) approaches our 20th anniversary in the 2016-17 season, we are using this opportune moment to reflect on NDP’s impact over the years and to consider how NDP can best support artistic and presentation practices in the years to come. We are working with Metris Arts Consulting and RMC Research to evaluate the comprehensive impact of NDP on the dance landscape in the United States.

Our work with Metris Arts Consulting involves a two-part research project–a retrospective impact evaluation of NDP and a field scan of the larger dance ecology. The scan explores the larger current support systems and challenges related to the creation and touring of dance works. Once completed, Metris’ research report will be publicly available at and, and we look forward to sharing the results in person at future dance and grantmaking convenings next year during NDP’s anniversary season.

Will you help us reach as many dancemakers as possible? The evaluation will help us identify possible ways in which NDP might strategically evolve over the next five to ten years, and will also provide the field with objective data around dance touring which may point to opportunities to strengthen the dance ecosystem for all.

Dancemakers, please help us by sharing your views in a brief (20 minute) survey; it’s available by cliking on this link and will be live through January 22, 2016. It’s open to U.S.-based dancemakers working inside or out of formal company structures. You may work in any aesthetic genre or tradition, as long as work is intended for presentation in the non-commercial sector. Earning a living from dance is not required, though respondents should not be full-time college or high school students. Knowledge of NEFA and NDP is not necessary.

To thank you for you time, you will be entered to win one of five $50 Visa gift cards.

All responses will be confidential—the results will only be shared in summary form and will not contain any personal information.

We hope to capture as many different perspectives and experiences as possible, so please forward this link to other dancemakers.

We plan to share preliminary research results in conjunction with Dance/USA’s Dance Forum and APAP/NYC convening in mid-January 2016, so stay tuned for updates on this opportunity to shape the final research findings!

Survey closes 1.22.16

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