Association Pro-Dança (APD) was established in June 2009 and was qualified as a social organization of culture, on October 30th, 2009, by the act published in the Official Gazette no. 204 of 31 October 2009, p. 01.
There is a Board of Directors and a Supervisory Board, consisting of people with expertise in a wide range of areas and an interest in the production of dance and performance, namely: Ricardo Uchoa Alves de Lima (President), Paula Theophilo de Saboia (Vice-President), Ana Grisanti de Moura, Ana Maria Diniz, Andrea Calabi, Celso Curi, Danilo Santos de Miranda, Eduardo Saron, Elisa Marsiaj Gomes, Flavia Regina de Souza Oliveira, Gioconda Bordon, José de Oliveira Costa, Letícia Forattini Martins, Luanda Ferreira Scandura, Luciano Cury and Rachel Coser.
As well as having significant figures such as these on its Board of Directors, with their interest in expanding and developing the dance universe, Pró-Dança had Inês Bogéa as executive and artistic director since its foundation.
It should be noted, too, that the Pró-Dança has as members of its Board: Durval Borges Morais, Hélio Nogueira da Cruz, Priscila Grecco Toledo and José Carlos Souza. In addition to those mentioned above, the associate members of the board are: Ana Grisanti de Moura, Arnaldo Vuolo, Débora Duboc Garcia, Eduardo Saron, Elisa Marsiaj Gomes, Eric Alexander Klug, Eugenia Gorini Esmeraldo, Gioconda Bordon, Henri Philippe Reichstul, Inês Vieira Bogéa, Jorj Petru Kalman, José de Oliveira Costa, José Fernando Perez, Luca Baldovino, Luciano Cury, Lygia da Veiga Pereira Carramaschi, Maria do Carmo Abreu Sodré Mineiro, Paula Theophilo de Saboia, Ricardo Campos Caiuby Ariani, Ricardo Cavalieri Guimarães, Ricardo Uchoa Alves de Lima, Rodolfo Villela Marino, Suzana Salles, Rachel Coser and Walter Appel.
The association's activity is the management of São Paulo Companhia de Dança, in agreement with the Secretary of Culture in December 2009 and again in 2014.
São Paulo is a repertory company, that is, it performs a wide range of pieces of artistic excellence, which include works of the nineteenth, twentieth and twenty-first centuries - the great classical and modern pieces to contemporary works especially created by national and international choreographers for the Company. Since 2008, the São Paulo Companhia de Dança, with 32 dancers nowadays, have been viewed by an audience of more than 700 thousand people in different cities in Brazil and abroad.
The diffusion of dance - production and circulation of performances - is the main core of work of the SPCD. The Educational Programs and Theatre Training for Dance, is another strand of the SPCD’s work- in every city we go we seek to engage with people who appreciate and practice the art of dance. In our Lecture For Teachers we are afforded the opportunity to enter into dialogue on the periphery of this art; in dance workshops, a meeting to experience the daily life of the SPCD dancers and we also run Free Shows for Students and Senior Citizens with the aim of encouraging people to see, hear and understand the world through dance and also learn about the Dança em Rede. Dança em Rede is an online dance encyclopedia available on the Company's website where we have mapped the cities SPCD has been to. The Company also promotes spaces where those interested in dance art can share their experiences. Furthermore, the SPCD created the International Seminar on Dance, which aims to address the practice of dance from different perspectives as well as the São Paulo Companhia de Dança International Workshop, an event that provides an artistic environment, allowing theoretical and practical study of a wide range of dance techniques.
Dance has many stories, and to reveal some of them the Company created the documentary series Figuras da Dança, which brings us the art of dance as told by those who lived it. The series currently has 35 episodes: Ismael Guiser (1927-2008), Ivonice Satie (1950- 2008), Ady Addor, Marilena Ansaldi, Penha de Souza, Ruth Rachou, Luis Arrieta, Hulda Bittencourt, Tatiana Leskova, Angel Vianna, Antonio Carlos Cardoso, Carlos Moraes (1936-2015), Décio Otero, Márcia Haydé, Sônia Mota, Ana Botafogo, Célia Gouvêa, Lia Robatto, Marilene Martins, Ismael Ivo, Edson Claro (1949-2013), Hugo Travers, J.C Violla, Cecília Kerche, Eva Schul, Janice Vieira, Eliana Caminada, Mara Borba, Jair Moraes (1946-2016), Paulo Pederneiras, Nora Esteves, Maria Pia Finocchio, José Possi Neto, Aracy Evans and Tíndaro Silvano. The SPCD has also published six rehearsal books and documentaries for teachers and other professionals.