Dance Nation

by  Clare Barron

Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy  /  2m, 9f

Somewhere in America, an army of pre-teen competitive dancers plots to take over the world. 

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Dance Nation

by  Clare Barron

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    2m, 9f
  • Duration


    105 Minutes
  • Accolades


    2016-Kilroy, 2017-Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, 2015-Relentless Award
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

Somewhere in America, an army of pre-teen competitive dancers plots to take over the world. And if their new routine is good enough, they’ll claw their way to the top at Nationals in Tampa Bay. A play about ambition, growing up, and how to find our souls in the heat of it all.
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  • Winner! 2015 Relentless Award
    Winner! 2017 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize


"A blazingly original play [...] marvel at how close what you see cuts to the bone." - The New York Times

"I have seen the future, and it is Dance Nation." - The Washington Post

"If you were ever a 13-year-old girl, Clare Barron’s daring, raw Dance Nation will probably hit you hard [...] It’s a brave, visceral, excitingly off-kilter barbaric yawp of a play. And it gets at something excruciatingly tender: the burden of modesty on young American women." - New York Magazine




  • Dance Nation Trailer
  • Clare Barron talks Dance Nation
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Performing Groups

  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Large Stage
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $125 per performance



  • Duration: 105 Minutes


2m, 9f
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Clare Barron

Clare Barron is a playwright and performer from Wenatchee, Washington. Her play Dance Nation recently received its world premiere at Playwrights Horizons in May 2018 and subsequently its UK premiere at the Almeida Theatre in London. It is the recipient of the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize and The Relentless Award establi ...

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2018, Playwrights Horizons, New York

2018, Almeida Theatre, London

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