Mission & History

Dance Resource Center (DRC) is a not-for-profit member-supported 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, providing evolving services and programming that responds to the ever-changing needs of Greater Los Angeles professional dance communities. The Los Angeles metropolitan area is home to more than 100 nonprofit dance companies and numerous unincorporated dance groups. The region is comprised of dynamic presenters, commercial studios, university dance departments, teachers, and thousands of students, working dancers (concert and commercial), and dance enthusiasts.  Dance Resource Center is open to all professional dance companies, dance makers and dance stakeholders.  We welcome all genres, organizational formats, voices and perspectives.  Just as Southern California ranks as the most diverse region of the U.S., DRC represents and includes dance forms and voices reflecting LA’s rich socio-cultural mosaic.

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.

DRC is a signatory to Dance/USA’s Statement In Support of a Healthy, Safe, and Equitable Culture.

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.

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