With more than 40 years of history in DC, and more than 100,000 visits to its studios in just the last 12 months, Joy of Motion is in the business of bringing people together to learn, create, and dance. From hip hop to ballet to flamenco, and from brand-new dancers to seasoned performers, Joy of Motion is home to an eclectic array of styles and students. The Community Dance School welcomes thousands of dancers, ages 2 to 92, through drop-in and weekly classes, while the Dance Institute provides conservatory programs to those pursuing intensive training. A robust youth financial aid program ensures that no one is turned away. Through partnerships with DC schools, DC Youth Rehabilitation Services, and the Summer Youth Employment Program, Motion Exchange strengthens education and bolsters youth development through the power of the arts. You can step up and keep our neighborhoods in motion!

Awards & Recognition

2010, 2012, 2015, 2016 - Washington CityPaper's Best of DC (top three)

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


    Budget (FY2016)

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

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    About the Catalogue for Philanthropy

    Each year 120 expert reviewers evaluate applicants for distinction, merit, and impact. Each featured charity has been successfully site visited and its financials given the thumbs up. The Catalogue for Philanthropy charges no fees and raises funds separately to support its work. Since 2003, it has raised over $40 million for charities across the Greater Washington region.

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