A community where every child can have an arts education, and where world-class dance is available to all this is CityDances vision for DC. Touching the lives of more than 25,000 people each year through community programs, professional dance training, and outstanding performances, CityDance is well on its way to achieving this dream. Every year, it delivers free professional dance performances to thousands of low-income children, as well as low-cost, publicly-accessible performances to audiences of all ages. Its flagship DREAM program offers high quality dance education to 120 elementary students who live at or below the poverty line. This year, CityDance is poised to launch the DREAM Alumni Program, combining dance education with academic programming and family support services, to ensure each childs success. This comprehensive program will support hundreds of underserved youth from elementary through high school, helping them overcome challenges, prepare for college, and transition into a healthy adulthood. For these kids, dance is a pathway out of poverty. Your support keeps the dream alive.

Headquarters: DC-Ward 2

Where They Operate: DC-Citywide; MD-Montgomery County

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

Ethnic Groups Served: African American, 60%; Asian American, 5%; Caucasian, 30%; Latino/Hispanic, 5%

Population(s) Served: Women/Girls; Students; Low- to Moderate-Income

Schools They Work In: DREAM Program Sites; C.W. Harris Elementary, Ward 7; Brightwood Educational Campus, Ward 4; Turner @ Green Elementary, Ward 8; JO Wilson Elementary, Ward 6; Oyster Adams Bilingual School, Ward 1; Thomson Elementary, Ward 2; CityDance also partners with KIPP DC: Charter Schools, DEA and Washington Performing Arts.

Awards & Recognition

National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award Finalist (2015)

National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award Finalist (2013)

DC Mayor's Arts Award for Outstanding Contribution to Arts Education (2010)

Mayor's Arts Award for Excellence in an Artistic Discipline (2009)

Washington Business Journal's Green Business Award (October 17, 2008)

DC Mayors Arts Award for Innovation in the Arts (2005)

DC Mayors Arts Award for Outstanding Emerging Artist (2003)


  • CityDance Opens New Black Box Theater at Strathmore
    Sun Oct 9 2011, About.com Washington, DC  
    CityDance has announced the opening of its Black Box Theater at Strathmore and its partnership with Christopher K. Morgan & Artists.

  • Performing Arts: CityDance Ensemble
    Mon Jun 16 2008  
    Whatever CityDance Ensemble presents, the choreography sits on its dancers like a cat on an easy chair: The performers look comfortable, whether rendering early modern dance works or mounting a contemporary look at environmental disaster.

  • Born to Dance "Born to Run:" CityDance at Strathmore
    Wed Jun 11 2008  
    n the day they sweat it out, all right â€" but not on the streets, as Bruce Springsteen’s classic ‘‘Born To Run” puts it. No, the dancers in the CityDance Ensemble do most of their sweating in the rehearsal rooms of the Music Center at Strathmore. And when they perform their interpretation of the Boss’ anthem â€" choreographed by artistic director Paul Gordon Emerson â€" the company will evoke the misty beaches and jammed highways of Jersey right on the North Bethesda stage.

  • Stories of Life, With Passion in Common
    Mon Feb 4 2008  
    CityDance Ensemble has made a name for itself in Washington, where it is one of the leading modern-dance troupes. On Friday night at the Joyce SoHo, where the company was making its New York City debut, it presented an impressively varied program of work by nine choreographers, including Doug Varone and Jane Dudley.

  • "Jungle Books" With Kick
    Mon Dec 17 2007  
    With an easy-to-follow narrative, imaginative costumes and bits of comic relief, CityDance Ensemble's Saturday performance of "Jungle Books" at the Lansburgh Theatre was fine kid-friendly fare.

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Budget (FY2014)

  • $3 million or higher
  • The current budget for CityDance Ensemble is: $1 million to $3 million
  • $500k to $1 million
  • Less than $500k

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