Space for Dance
Historically dance has had a small audience relative to the other performing arts. Therefore many performing arts facilities have been planned and built with little consideration for its needs, because dance companies were not perceived as major potential users of those spaces. Further, information on the requirements of dance - and how to fulfill them - could not be found in most design guides or technical tracts on the performing arts.
With the popularity of dance and the need for appropriate space for dance growing yearly, Space for Dance commissioned jointly by the Dance and Design Arts programs of the National Endowment for the Arts, has been written to redress this absence of information. It defines the spatial and physical needs of dance for the government agencies, community and arts groups, and individual entrepreneurs who are planning spaces for dance, and for the architects, engineers, contractors and construction managers who will design and build them.