THE DDP MISSION
To promote equity in all aspects of classical ballet by providing a metrics based analysis through our data base while showcasing women led companies, festivals, competitions, venues, special programs and initiatives. We focus on artists of merit: choreographers, photographers, lighting, costume, set designers, and commissioned composers.
HISTORY OF THE PROJECT
DDP began as an independent project researching the lack of new female choreographic works. We also examine gender imbalance in artistic and administrative leadership in dance companies, venues, and organizations. Our research has focused on examining productions by companies generally rooted in or greatly influenced by the European classical form. With over 2,300 records of choreographic works in the database and counting, the Project is currently expanding to house records of ballet festival repertoires and leadership, choreographic fellowships, ballet competitions, summer intensives, musical compositions that accompany dance works, production staff, boards of directors, and initiatives by companies to promote an equitable environment.
With this expansion and our recent 501(c)(3) status, we seek not only to continue informing diversity, but also to ensure the fiscal and operational transparency of ballet companies.
The “ballet world” has only recently begun to discuss gender inequality in leadership. We will use our data to enrich conversations that create change. Through our original research and information derived from the Listening Tour, we will highlight companies and initiatives that are making concrete gains in promoting female choreographers and women in leadership positions. Through sharing the results of our data analysis and acquired insight from the Listening Tour, DDP will design programming specifically tailored to the needs of up-and-coming female talent in ballet.
Founded and established by Elizabeth Yntema in 2015 as a simple database, DDP now operates as an official 501(c)(3) nonprofit and raises awareness related to gender equality, primarily in areas of leadership and choreographic opportunities. DDP does so by issuing data reports, advocacy, and programming. Because DDP received its 501(c)(3) status in March 2019, we are not currently soliciting donations, though suggestions are most welcome.