Dancers Amplified is a dancer-led global alliance that centers marginalized perspectives and empowers artists, individuals, and organizations working towards social justice and cultural equity in dance.
Dancers Amplified envisions an equitable dance world, actively engaged in its role to represent modern society and cultivate art through diversity, inclusion and access.
We actively work towards this goal by:
Empowering individuals, projects and organizations with resources to aid and support their movements in advocacy and dance.
Providing a support network through which dancers share valuable knowledge and gather information from their peers, thus promoting communication and collaboration.
Developing and integrating the Dancers Amplified Global Active Practices: a continually updated document created through research and data collection that includes methods of action for diversity, equity, inclusion, and access, into arts organizations to empower the individuals that work within them.
Initiated by a core group of artists, dance scholars, and industry professionals across the world, our team represents a growing international roster of current and former professionals, activists, and BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ artists from leading institutions, the Broadway stage, the freelance community, the halls of academia, the offices of arts administration, and more.
Members of Dancers Amplified embody their activist nature by connecting their artistry with scholarship, advocacy and lived experience. We believe that community engagement fosters agency in spaces that frequently attempt to disempower the artist. DA creates and provides support mechanisms that enable each of us to tackle issues that threaten our well-being and professional goals.
Our global team was built through Zoom and we continue to rely on it today. In our meetings we discuss research, partnership development, and event planning driven by principles of inclusion, equity, diversity and access. Our idea sharing centers around the activation of the Dancers Amplified Global Active Practices throughout dance communities around the world. A network of ambassadors will foster supportive environments in our local spaces.
DA believes that artists have always been and should be at the forefront of change. We know our power, grace and flexibility - let’s show the world that we are the motivators, activators, and change-makers of now; the leaders of the future.
Send us an email; we are always looking for new team members and ambassadors.
The International Association of Blacks in Dance and Dancers Amplified work together to engage individuals throughout our expansive dance networks, and at every level in dance institutions, in the work of anti racism, for the sustainability of dance and all performing arts. Dancers Amplified centers artists in critical conversations that have typically taken place behind closed doors. We set a new precedent for internal communication by involving dancers on the issues that affect them most - saving a seat at the table for your voice and needs.
The International Association of Blacks in Dance has served and celebrated Black dance for thirty years by providing financial support to Black companies and artists and being a resource for the entire sector. Through initiatives involving artistic and executive directors across the greater American dance community, IABD engages leadership in conversations addressing systemic change within the industry, including implementing diversity, equity, inclusion, and access policies into their administrative and artistic hiring practices, artistic programming, education and training programs. The International Association of Blacks in Dance is the fiscal sponsor of Dancers Amplified.
Dancers Amplified Film:
Donnie Duncan Jr.
Daniel Robert Silva
Directed and Created:
Tendu the Work T-shirt Fundraiser:
*Dutch National Ballet Company photographed by Altin Kaftira
Contributing Photographer: Nina Tonoli