Dance/NYC has confirmed that the lack of rehearsal space is a pressing need for NYC dance artists, a constituency that currently includes:
- 5000+ individual dance artists in NYC
- 1200+ dance-making entities in NYC
- 500+ nonprofit dance companies in NYC
“Dance makers, who create and/or perform dance, are vibrant contributors to and ambassadors for the City, as evidenced by 1,763 public performances annually in New York City, 1,335 public performances on tour, 4,468 off-site school classes, and an astonishing array of workshops and additional events.” (State of NYC Dance 2016)
Past and present Dance/NYC research reveals that, affordable presentation and development space is a high need for the workforce of dance makers. According to their Advancing Fiscally Sponsored Artists and Art Projects report (2017) “The workforce ranks living wages as its highest need, followed by affordable presentation space, affordable development space, supplies and materials, affordable healthcare, affordable living space, and affordable training.” The study recommends “protecting, repurposing, and increasing use of existing spaces suitable for dance rehearsals and residencies” by “improving access to nontraditional spaces, such as sacred spaces, community centers, senior centers, libraries, and retail and office space for short- and long term use” and “expanding promotion of dance spaces through centralized platforms such as SpaceFinder’s Dance Space Directory, a community partnership between Fractured Atlas and Dance/NYC.” The NYC Dance in Sacred Places program addresses the need for affordable space by locating congregations interested in utilizing more of their space for dancemaking.