Joy of Motion Dance Center
WISH LIST: $100: jazz shoes for 4 Step Ahead teens; $500: 10 weeks of Seniors in Motion at a DC community center; $1000: scholarship for a youth dance company member
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.