A Collective of Four Cases Illustrating How Educational Partnerships Help Sustain Regional U.S. Nonprofit Dance Companies

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Abstract

As a result of decades-long dwindling arts funding sources, U.S. nonprofit dance companies struggle to emerge and be sustained. However, mutually beneficial relationships are often developed between nonprofit dance companies and educational institutions such as K–12 schools, universities, and private studios. These relationships enhance students’ education through experiences with dance companies, and companies are, in turn, supported and, in some cases, sustained by these institutions. In this collective of case studies of four artistic directors of regional U.S. dance companies, I feature examples of educational partnerships acting as important support structures for the sustainability of regional nonprofit dance companies. These examples illuminate specific educational visions that some dance companies embrace and use to their advantage. The complex issues emerging for these artistic directors who negotiate a multiplicity of professional needs illustrate how dance professionals work to support nonprofit companies while also valuing and practicing dance education in differing ways.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)78-87
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Dance Education
Volume20
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2 2020

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