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unded in 1978, Los Angeles Dance Foundation’s (LADF) original mission was establishing a living museum of modern dance reconstructions and commissioned work for diverse audiences in performance, outreach, and arts learning settings.

In 2010 the mission was updated to promote dance as the medium telling America’s story of humanity in the diverse sectors, forms, and styles. The second purpose is to strengthen career development and management practices of our professionals and emerging artists through capacity building workshops, lectures, and writings.



legacy resources and career development services:

Select recordings of LADF’s concerts are included in USC Digital Library’s landmark Dance History Video Archive for research and educational purposes.

Career development and management workshops and articles to benefit professionals and emerging artists.

The Evolving State of Dance in Los Angeles (2014) commissioned study of challenges facing companies and venues, and opportunities to advance growth.


Sponsorship of key dance events to encourage meaningful connectivity within the larger dance community.


Dance Treasures Project to promote and cultivate knowledge of distinguished professionals based in California whose body of work significantly enriches the field.

The Evolving State of Dance in Los Angeles is a commissioned study by Bonnie Oda Homsey investigating the challenges facing dance companies and dance presenters, and the increasing trend toward non-concert earned income opportunities to advance artistic and economic growth.                                          

LADF’s concert footage of solos choreographed by Martha Graham and Isadora Duncan are included in the Music Center of Los Angeles County’s new online curriculum.


An Action Plan for Artistic Identity and Career Development

Bonnie Oda Homsey

This article presents career development concepts, tools, and exercises used in courses I teach to college dance majors. The focus is to introduce sustainable practices that withstand the inevitable internal and external influences shaping a dance career. Educators are encouraged to incorporate the applicable exercises into existing coursework to support their students’ transitions into the professional workforce.


I attended a dance conservatory program for college, but at that time there was no course in career development. Fortunately, many dance programs now offer this type of dedicated course or provide similar information within other courses. In this article, I introduce tools and exercises originated for use in the career development courses I teach, taking as a jumping-off point my what if attitude to surviving a forty-year career dotted with both highs and missteps. I encourage educators to select the applicable tools and exercises I discuss in this article to enhance students’ proficiencies in existing coursework such as dance production, senior project, directed or independent study, project-related dance courses, or even better, to institute a career development course.

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