Dance is for Everyone! That is the rallying cry of Joy of Motion Dance Center, which embraces a wide range of dance (and dancers) from Middle Eastern to flamenco, hip hop to ballet, West African to tap. Students are first-timers and professionals, from 13 months to 90 years old. And for the dancers in Project Motion Community Outreach, all programs are free of charge: Motion Express brings free dance classes and professional concerts to over 400 children in eight partner schools in Northeast DC; Step Ahead provides 50 teens with a summer dance intensive that is also a job skills and career exploration opportunity; Seniors in Motion enriches the lives of older folks through gentle (yet upbeat!) dance classes at nine senior and wellness centers; scholarships ensure that all young dancers can advance their education through JOMDC’s vibrant program. Reaching 60,000 individuals a year through classes, concerts, companies, partnerships, and outreach, JOMDC is dedicated to creating communities that dance – and ensuring that dance’s many benefits and pleasures are accessible to all. Spread the joy.

Headquarters: DC-Ward 6

Where They Operate: DC-Ward 2; DC-Ward 3; DC-Ward 5; DC-Ward 6; DC-Ward 7; DC-Ward 8; MD-Montgomery County; Near Northeast; Friendship Heights; Bethesda

Age Groups Served: Pre-K; Youth; Adolescence; Teenagers; Young Adult; Adult; Elderly; Grades K-5; Grades K-12; Grades 6-12; Grade 9-12; All

Population(s) Served: All

Schools They Work In: Doar Public Charter School; Friendship Public Charter School; Stuart Hobson Middle School; Washington Middle School for Girls; Cleveland Elementary School; Ludlow Taylor Elementary School; Maury Elementary School; Miner Elementary School; Payne Elementary School; Tyler Elementary School; Wheatley Education Campus; J. O. Wilson Elementary School

Combined Federal Campaign Number: 90656

Awards & Recognition

2010, 2012, 2015 - Washington CityPaper's Best of DC

2014 - Maryland Theatre Guide: Best Dance Education Program for Young Artists, 2nd Place

2013 - Metro DC Dance Award: Outstanding Youth Performance, Youth Dance Ensemble Company

2012 - Metro DC Dance Award: Outstanding Youth Performance, Alexandra Ballance

2009 - Metro DC Dance Award: Outstanding Achievement in Dance Education, YDE Director Helen L. Hayes

2009 - Mayor's Arts Award: Outstanding Contribution to Arts Education

2008 - Alan M. Kriegsman Award for service to the dance community: Executive Director Douglas Yeuell

2007 - Bethesda Magazine: Best Dance Studio for Kids

2006 - Metro DC Dance Award: Outstanding Youth Performance

2002 - Mayor's Arts Award: Excellence in Service to the Arts


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Budget (FY2012)

  • $3 million or higher
  • The current budget for Joy of Motion Dance Center is: $1 million to $3 million
  • $500k to $1 million
  • Less than $500k

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