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DISPATCH #3: In the Turn Up the Volume: Become a Dance Advocate panel, the Dance/NYC Junior Committee expressed a hope for members of the dance community to begin building relationships with their elected officials through a Cycle of Advocacy they created and presented, stemming from these questions:

What value does dance create?

How can you measure the value or capture the impact of dance?

Who is affected by the value dance creates?

What channels communicate the value of dance to the community?

How often are those channels used to communicate?

Facts on Dance/USA’s Pocket Advocacy Guide.


Plus, how can you build a relationship with your elected officials if you do not know who they are? This is the most important first step before advocating for your rights and issues of concern. You can find out who they are and what important committees they sit on here.

What issue (concerning artists or the dance community specifically) do you think is most in need of advocacy right now?

Written by Candice Thompson

After more than a decade in Brooklyn, Candice Thompson is now an Atlanta-based artist and writer. Prior to dancing with the Milwaukee Ballet Company and ad hoc Ballet, she trained with Kee Juan Han at the School of Ballet Arizona and NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. She founded LOLAstretch Dancewear in 2000 and has designed costumes for a variety of theater and dance companies across the country. She recently received a masters degree in Literary Nonfiction from Columbia University’s Creative Writing Program and more of her dance writing can be found in the pages of Dance Magazine, Pointe, and Dance Teacher.