Strategic Management Practices in Brazilian Dance Companies: Between Art and Cultural Industry

Doris Dornelles de Almeida, Peter Bent Hansen


This paper highlights trough theoretical and empirical research the main practices of dance companies‟ strategic management in Brazil. The theoretical investigation deepens themes as sponsorship, strategic planning, creation and implementation of creative strategies and economic sustainability in dance companies. The empirical research evolves qualitative method, exploratory and interviews with seven Brazilian dance companies managers from: Goiânia (1), Rio Grande do Sul (3), Paraná (1), Rio de Janeiro (1) e São Paulo (1). The analysis of the main practices of dance companies‟ strategic management is: few practice and considerable concern about strategic management planning; resistance to apply management techniques enforcement; audience and sponsors should have limited influence in dance companies‟ management; difficulty to accept itself inside the competitive cultural industry market. This study contributes for the development and state of art of Management science and Dance studies.


Dance Companies; Strategic Management; Economic Sustainability; Sponsorship; Cultural Industry.



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