DanceMotion USASM is a program of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the US Department of State, produced by BAM (Brooklyn Academy of Music) to facilitate cultural exchange while showcasing the best in contemporary American dance abroad.

BAM works with US embassies to establish partnerships with leading cultural, social service, and community organizations and educational institutions, creating unique residencies that allow for cultural sharing and engagement. Participating dance companies engage in residencies abroad where they provide workshops and outreach events, lead master classes for local dancers, participate in collaborative creative sessions with local artists, and offer public performances and artist discussions to facilitate greater communication and understanding.

DanceMotion USASM also promotes and fosters international dialogue about the arts with administrators and technical theater professionals. Through roundtable discussions and training workshops, program participants share best practices and offer ideas based on each specific country's situation-considering factors of environment, funding, education, and resources-and in the process establish a network of global colleagues.

The program offers even greater exposure to American dance to a wider audience through active social and digital media engagement, online educational resources, and embassy and consulate libraries.



U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs

The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) promotes international mutual understanding through a wide range of academic, cultural, private-sector, professional, and sports exchange programs.

ECA exchanges engage youth, students, educators, artists, athletes, and emerging leaders in many fields in the US and more than 160 countries. Alumni of ECA exchanges comprise over one million people around the world, including more than 50 Nobel Laureates and more than 300 current or former heads of state and government.


BAM's mission is to be the home for adventurous artists, audiences, and ideas. It is America's oldest performing arts institution and is recognized internationally for presenting innovative dance, music, and theater programming on its various stages. BAM also features an acclaimed repertory film program, literary and visual art events, and extensive educational and family programming. 



The DanceMotion USASM pilot program launched in 2010, with international residencies by US companies Urban Bush Women, ODC/Dance, and Evidence, A Dance Company. That initial launch has served as a model for cultural exchange initiatives and was the first major international dance program supported by the US Department of State in more than 20 years. It reached global audiences of more than 15,000 people during residencies to 16 cities in nine countries within three world regions - Southeast Asia, South America, and Africa.

Since its launch, 20 American dance companies have traveled to Sub-Saharan and Northern Africa, South America, the Middle East, the Iberian Peninsula, Eastern Europe, Eurasia, and Central, South, and Southeast Asia. Beginning in 2012, DanceMotion USASM  also brings foreign artists back to the US to collaborate with American artists,  expanding the cross-cultural exchange. To date, the program has engaged more than 125,000 people in 49 countries (and an additional 40 million people through digital platforms and social media) and offered more than 700 workshops.

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