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Led by Madeline Maxine Gorman, GRIDLOCK Dance is a contemporary dance company based in Washington, DC. The mission of GRIDLOCK Dance is to uncover societal thorns and inspire everyday awakenings through collaborative performances and art making.


We explore societal issues through the combination of contemporary movement with projection, music, spoken word, humor, and audience engagement. In particular, GRIDLOCK examines the relationships between mass media, mental health, and movement.


Our company values are: 

  • Curiosity: We value exploring the unknown, uncovering new ideas, and reinventing our art with each performance

  • Collaboration: We value creating collaboratively and building a company with people from all walks of life

  • Communication: We value open dialogues, transparent processes, and of course, color-coded Google calendars

  • Concinnity: We value our commitment to the company, but we also ensure it’s harmonious with the rest of our lives (aka real life comes first, not a part-time gig)


GRIDLOCK Dance is committed to building a diverse, equitable, inclusive, and accessible company where people from all walks of life are celebrated. We vow to disrupt all forms of discrimination whenever and wherever we may encounter it. We reject the actions and messages of racism and embrace the work of anti-racism. 


We live out our Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Access (DEIA) values through:

  • Providing fair and transparent pay for dancers, collaborators, and staff

  • Hiring individuals from public and free auditions

  • Prioritizing the artistry of BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, women, and artists with disabilities 

  • Listing pronouns whenever artist names are listed

This list is illustrative, not exhaustive. Our commitment to social justice is ongoing, as is our commitment to exploring opportunities to live out our values. 

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