Mission and History
Dance Resource Center (DRC) is a service organization that provides the Los Angeles area dance community access to information, resources and services; and promotes the visibility and viability of Greater Los Angeles dance on local, state and national levels.
DRC has been a resource for all things dance in the Greater Los Angeles Area since 1987. DRC provides evolving relevant and constructive services, programs, and support that respond to the ever changing needs of the Greater Los Angeles and Southern California dance communities.
Los Angeles County is home to more than 100 nonprofit dance companies, plus numerous unincorporated dance companies and groups. This region is comprised of dynamic presenters, commercial studios, university dance departments, teachers, and thousands of students, working dancers (concert and commercial), and dance enthusiasts. The Dance Resource Center is a service organization open to all professional dance companies, dance makers and dance stakeholders. We welcome all genres, organizational formats, voices and perspectives. Just as Southern California is fast becoming the most diverse region of the United States, so does DRC seek to represent and include dance forms and voices that reflect this rich diversity.
Equity and Inclusion
As part of our commitment to dance in the greater Los Angeles area, Dance Resource Center has adopted Dance/USA’s statement on core values of equity and inclusion, as adapted for our constituencies. Dance Resource Center is a member of Dance/USA, the national service organization for professional dance.
Dance as an art form provides expression, celebration, exploration, and transformation for all people. Inclusion and equal treatment of all members of the dance community in the greater Los Angeles area are core values of Dance Resource Center and central to its mission. In achieving core values of equity and inclusion, DRC is committed to diversity in every aspect of its programming and services. Diversity in this context refers to groups, communities, and individuals identified by dance genre or form, race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, religion, age, or disability status. DRC is committed to honoring, nurturing, and advancing dance through the lens of diversity, inclusion, and equal opportunity in all aspects of its programming, services, and organization. Inclusion means a commitment to making all members of the dance community feel welcome and comfortable at DRC.
DRC demonstrates its commitment to the core values of equity and inclusion by:
- Recruiting and retaining leadership and staff who reflect the diversity of the communities in which it serves;
- Providing educational and professional development programs, research, publications, and policy positions that are relevant and culturally competent;
- Acting as a leading voice in the dance and greater arts community for the recognition of the challenges to diversity, equity, and inclusion; and providing a platform for the honest and open exploration of paths towards a truly inclusive dance community in the metropolitan area; and
- Supporting Dance/USA’s development of national standards, in conjunction with Dance/USA’s overall mission that promotes and encourages the dance community to be knowledgeable and sensitive to issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion.
DRC acknowledges the acute need to remove barriers to the recruitment, retention, and advancement of dance groups, dancers, choreographers, and administrative/management staff from historically excluded populations who are currently underrepresented in the dance field.