With performances at the White House and Kennedy Center, and partnerships with the National Portrait Gallery and NASA, Dana Tai Soon Burgess Dance Company is much sought after, and rightly so. This premiere contemporary dance group – founded by a Korean American who grew up in a Latino community in New Mexico – uses dance to create bridges of understanding between different cultures. Its repertory draws on historical events and personal stories, exploring shared human experiences. One performance at the National Gallery had the largest turnout of any public program in the history of the museum. The company’s youth development program for underserved Asian American high school students – the only one of its kind in the District – provides free weekly activities by or about Asian Americans and focused on performing, visual, and culinary arts, helping the students to explore their cultural identity and improve their self-esteem. The Washington Post calls the company “not only a Washington prize, but a national treasure.” Let’s make sure this treasure endures for years to come.

Headquarters: DC-Ward 3

Where They Operate: DC-Citywide; Internationally; ; Latvia; India; Peru; Palestine; Israel; Egypt; Mexico; Ecuador; Mongolia; Jordan; Cambodia; Indonesia; China

Age Groups Served: Pre-teen/teen (12-17); Young adult (18-24); Adult (25-49); Seniors (50+)

Ethnic Groups Served: African American; Asian American; Caucasian; Latino/Hispanic

Population(s) Served: All

Schools They Work In: Georgetown Day Upper and Lower Schools; Episcopal High School; School Without Walls

Awards & Recognition

Mayor's Arts Award for Artistic Excellence 2007


Budget (FY2014)

  • $3 million or higher
  • $1 million to $3 million
  • $500k to $1 million
  • The current budget for Dana Tai Soon Burgess Dance Company is: Less than $500k

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