Current Position: Virginia State Senator from 2016 - Senate District 16
Dance received her B.S. in Nursing from Virginia State University in 1986. She later received her Master’s of Public Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University in 1994. She is the Owner/Manager of Manhattans Restaurant. Dance has served as Councilwoman and Mayor for the City of Petersburg.
Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources
Commerce and Labor
Privileges and Elections
Alcoholic Beverage Control Laws, Joint Subcommittee to Study
Coal Ash Special Subcommittee
Emancipation Proclamation and Freedom Monument Subcommittee Work Group #1 Virginians on the Monument
Health Care, Joint Commission on
Health Insurance Reform Commission
King in Virginia Subcommittee
King, Jr., Dr. Martin Luther, Memorial Commission
Local Government Fiscal Stress, Joint Subcommittee on
Online Virginia Network Authority
Tax Preferences, Joint Subcommittee to Evaluate
Unemployment Compensation, Commission on
Virginia Indian Commemorative Commission
Wireless Communications Infrastructure Group – Joint Subcommittees of House Commerce & Labor, Senate Commerce & Labor, and Senate General Laws & Technology
In 2001, the 63rd Virginia House of Delegates district incumbent, Democrat Jay DeBoer, retired after 18 years. Dance, then mayor of Petersburg, ran for the seat as an independent but lost to the Democratic nominee, funeral director Fenton Bland.
On January 25, 2005, Bland pleaded guilty in federal court to a charge of conspiracy to commit bank fraud; he resigned the 63rd district seat the next day. Dance received the Democratic nomination and was chosen to replace Bland in a special election on March 22. The 63rd district is southeast of Richmond, made up of the city of Petersburg and part of Hopewell, plus parts of Chesterfield, Dinwiddie and Prince George Counties. Dance was reelected multiple times, the last in November 2013.
Dance served on the House committees on Appropriations, General Laws, Health, Welfare and Institutions, and Privileges and Elections.
Dance currently serves in the Senate of Virginia, representing District 16, having won a special election on November 4, 2014, to fill the seat once held by Henry L. Marsh.