Dancewave, Inc. Overview
Target demographics: NYC youth ages 0-18
Someone who had 3 hours of volunteer time could: Help us distribute flyers in Brooklyn, staff a Dancewave performance backstage, send out mailings, lend your expertise!
Geographic areas served: New York City
Programs: Dancewave is currently working with approximately 3,700 children through our afterschool, in-school, ensemble, summer, festival, and performance programs. We are a vibrant employer in the arts community, hiring some 70 freelance teaching artists annually.
Dancewave currently runs six programs: (1) D-Wave in Motion, which brings dance residencies and workshops to NYC public schools; (2) The School at Dancewave, which provides afterschool dance classes for ages 0-18; (3) Summer Dance Intensive, two two-week programs offering teens up to five classes daily with leading dance professionals; (4) Kids Cafe Festival, a 16-year-old, citywide festival showcasing works by and for young people; (5) the Step Up Initiative, a scholarship program that provides young dancers from disadvantaged backgrounds with financial aid, dance training, college counseling, and workstudy experience; and (6) Dancewave Company I & II (formerly Kids Company I & II), and Young Movers Ensemble, our pre-professional performing companies for youth.
Each semester, Dancewave Company I & II (ages 12-18) train with and perform groundbreaking work by renowned choreographers such as Garth Fagan, Twyla Tharp, Mark Morris, Paul Taylor, Susan Marshall, and Bill T. Jones. The Dancewave Company has performed at such venues as the Governor's Arts Awards, Jacobs Pillow, the Met, the New Museum, the Kitchen, and the Brooklyn Art Museum. Most importantly, this program has a lasting impact on kids’ lives: 100% of Dancewave Company members have been accepted into college, many with full scholarships.