A community where every child can access the benefits of arts education, and where world-class dance is available to all: since 1996, CityDance has pursued this vision for DC, touching thousands of lives each year. The DREAM Center for Dance offers year-round, tuition-free dance training for students ages 8-18, alongside wrap-around services that prepare them for college and career. A professional dance curriculum is paired with on-site homework help, tutoring, college readiness services, and family support Ė leading to outstanding results. Last year, 100% of seniors graduated from high school and enrolled in higher education. CityDance also delivers free dance programming to 10 public elementary schools, brings world-class professional dance performances to DC stages, and runs a conservatory to prepare students for professional dance careers. In dance and in life, these kids have big dreams. Letís help them come true.
COVID-19 Update: CityDance has remained fully operational throughout COVID-19, with no layoffs or furloughs of full-time staff or termination of faculty contracts. It has found silver linings to the pandemic Ė the capacity to enlist overseas artists who have worked with students online, providing masterclasses and technique training. All CityDance programs launched fall classes in September with schedules crafted to ensure they can move between in-studio and online, or a hybrid of the two as needed to promote the health and safety of staff and students.
Headquarters: DC-Ward 2
Where They Operate: DC-Citywide; MD-Montgomery County
Age Groups Served: Pre-K (3-4); Youth (5-11); Pre-teen/teen (12-17); Young adult (18-24); Adult (25-49)
Ethnic Groups Served: African American; Asian American; Caucasian; Latino/Hispanic
Population(s) Served: Women/Girls; Students; Low- to Moderate-Income Community Members
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 Recipient (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 Mayorís Arts Award for Innovation in the Arts (2005)
DC Mayorís Arts Award for Outstanding Emerging Artist (2003)
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