There is a great organization out there, not dance specific, that can offer free lance dancers health care, insurance and educational opportunities.
The Freelancers' Union is a free service that can group individuals to get discounts on insurances, health club memberships, eye wear and T-Mobile plans. Again the enrollment is free. Additionally they offer seminars and webinars on a variety of business and life skills topics. (Want more information on what your accountant is doing with your taxes?)
Additionally they provide a classified listing for jobs and a yellow pages to find or list specific people and professionals.
As our economy is in such flux, aligning ourselves with such great resources and knowledge is vital.