Who are Diplomats of Dance?

The Diplomats of Dance Society is an association of professionals and arts-interested Washingtonians who come together to celebrate dance, visual arts and culture in support of Dana Tai Soon Burgess Dance Company, specifically their international touring. DTSBDC has been a U.S. State Department Cultural Envoy for over 15 years and has toured all over the world, showcasing their beautiful, unique movement aesthetic and connecting cultures through dance. Because of this, we've coined the term #dancediplomacy.

In a city that is an international hub as well as the nation's capital, DTSBDC brings a much needed cross-cultural perspective to the arts scene. The company also brings together audiences from not only dance but the visual and musical arts as well.

DTSBDC is Washington's main modern dance organization, and one that incorporates multiple artistic disciplines in their shows and work. Their all-original modern dance choreographies tell stories that cross the barriers of time and culture. Burgess's aesthetic is unique in that it is empathetic to our universal human condition. He has been called the "poet laureate of Washington dance" and described as a "national dance treasure" by the Washington Post's Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Sarah Kaufman.

Burgess and his dancers have traveled and taught around the world as a cultural envoy for the U.S. State Department. They have performed in major venues including La Mama, Skirball, The Kennedy Center, and The White House at the invitation of President and Mrs. Obama. They are the first-ever Smithsonian resident-dance company at The National Portrait Gallery.

For these reasons and more, DTSBDC is the ideal dance company to be the nexus around which to organize new and longtime lovers of the art of movement.

Diplomats of Dance Society members are those who celebrate the role of contemporary dance in the arts community and support those who bring it to life. By being part of an annual fundraising gala and attending other special events, diplomats share their appreciation, curiosity and generosity while connecting with a critically acclaimed choreographer, dancers, other artists, fans and friends.

Dana Tai Soon Burgess with dancer Tati Valle-Riestra.
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Diplomats of Dance Society Host Committee (2016):
Jameson Freeman
Christelle Gorman
Nichola Hays
Nicole Hollander
Kari Jeanette Johnson