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Dancers’ Group undertakes research projects as a service to the San Francisco Bay Area dance field, its artists, funders and other stakeholders.

CDPcoverHealth of the Dance Field in the San Francisco Bay Area and California | 4th Annual Update – April 2016
For the past four years, Dancers’ Group has spearheaded research on California’s dynamic dance community, gathering statistics from DataArts (formerly the Cultural Data Project) that we can reliably track over time as indicators of the health of dance in the San Francisco Bay Area (SFBA) and statewide.

As we add another year of data to this report, it is exciting to watch the trends of the dynamic and vibrant dance sector develop, giving us valuable insight into the health and vitality of the field.

Living Transition PlanScreen Shot 2015-05-18 at 3.47.10 PM
A plan that looks to provide guidance and strategies for Dancers’ Group to remain agile and resilient in the face of any future staff changes, and to serve as a resource for other dance entities to use as a template in their own transition planning.

The process to create a Living Transition Plan started in 2014 with funding from the Center for Cultural Innovation to support Dancers’ Group’s “emerging” leaders (those under the age of 35). Because no changes are on the horizon for Dancers’ Group, the plan is “living,” meaning that we plan to revisit and update it as new ideas, needs and perspectives emerge.

We wanted to take this opportunity to imagine a plan that would be useful for Dancers’ Group as well as other entities in our vibrant and varied dance ecosystem. Think of it as a workbook. A launching pad.

cover image of research report Health of the Dance Field in the San Francisco Bay Area and California | 3rd Annual Update – March 2015
In this third year update, Dancers’ Group continues to spearhead a research project gathering data from the California Cultural Data Project (CDP) that serve as key indicators of the health of dance in the San Francisco Bay Area and the state of California. This ongoing longitudinal research project seeks to track key indicators over time. Read the report here.

 

 

image of cover of paperTowards a Healthy and Sustainable Dance Ecosystem 
A working paper exploring Dancers’ Group’s role in the San Francisco Bay Area Dance Ecosystem, prepared as part of Dancers’ Group’s 2014 strategic planning process.

This paper attempts to “map” those parts of the dance ecosystem in which Dancers’ Group plays a supporting role. The goal is to explain how Dancers’ Group does and does not currently support the dance ecosystem through its various programs, and where Dancers’ Group and its partners might find additional leverage in strengthening and supporting the dance ecosystem.

CDPreport_2014_coverimageHealth of the Dance Field in the San Francisco Bay Area and California | 2nd Annual Update – February 2014
For the past two years, Dancers’ Group has spearheaded a research project gathering data from the California Cultural Data Project (CDP) that serve as key indicators of the health of dance in the San Francisco Bay Area that we can track over time.

Our 2nd Annual Update is the beginning of this long-term tracking, adding the most recent data available—through June 2012—into the mix. We are eager to share with you comparable data on dance throughout California as captured in the CDP in this update. You’ll be able to review the activity in the San Francisco Bay Area and California respectively, as well as take a look at how the data compares. Read the report here.

image of page one of the reportDance Activity in the San Francisco Bay Area
In the summer of 2012, Dancers’ Group received a research grant from the California Arts Council to analyze the data in the California Cultural Data Project (CDP) with the ultimate goal of creating a system for identifying and tracking a select number of benchmark data points that would chart the dance sector in the region over time. Read the report here.

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