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)
Catalogue charities range in size from $100,000 to
- $3 million or higher
- The current budget for CityDance Ensemble is: $1 million to $3 million
- $500k to $1 million
- Less than $500k
About the Catalogue for Philanthropy
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