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The OPEN Dance Policy
open dance policy

The OPEN, a short duration and multi-engagement dance policy, is now available for use by Equity members. It is designed to support the engagement of dance artists working in a diverse range of practices for short-duration performances and activities. Artists may also self-engage. The OPEN invites non-traditional dance artists to work under professional protections within competitive, freestyle, multidisciplinary, social, commercial, cultural and other diverse dance forms.

The OPEN may be used to engage dance artists in not-for-profit or commercial activities and provides for both individual and group engagements. Short-form agreements for Judging and Competition activities are also included.

The OPEN offers the same protections and supports that members already rely upon while taking a new approach to the calculation of minimum fees based on the duration of a performance piece, the number of artists performing in each piece, the number of performance pieces in a presentation and the number of times the performance piece(s) is presented. A multi-booking incentive for Engagers planning additional presentations also applies. Review the Request to Engage form or contact an Equity Business Representative ( for more information.

As part of the Dance Equity rights awareness campaign, Equity's Council is offering regular membership to bona fide professional dancers for a $10 initiation fee (reduced from $1000). This special offer is open to eligible dance artists seeking respectful working conditions and it will be in effect for a 12-month period (ending August 17, 2018). This special joining opportunity will allow independent dancers access to Equity membership for the first time. As part of the outreach campaign, Equity has created an online Membership Eligibility application to make application for membership as easy as possible.

Please contact Jon Reid, Equity's Dance Outreach Consultant, with any membership questions or for more information. He may be reached by email ( or by phone (416-867-9165 / TF 1-800-387-1856). Or visit the Dance Equity website to read more about this exciting campaign.


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