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
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
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.
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.