Arts education is a powerful tool. Arts education programs have the potential to foster a much needed sense of self-esteem, positive self-image, discipline and the development of job skills. Additionally dance education is proven to have physical, cognitive and aesthetic benefits, providing students with the capacity to develop fine motor skills, rhythmic patterning, interpreting and analyzing movement and self-reflection.

Dancewave offers New York City schools the opportunity to craft an Arts in Education program for the specific needs of their school curriculum and students abilities. D-Wave in Motion began in 2003 and has since reached over 30 schools throughout New York City, representing a diverse range of community and socio-economic backgrounds. Dancewave currently runs an average of twelve (12) residencies per year in over fifteen (15) NYC public schools reaching more than 1,200 kids directly through dance programs and an additional 1,500 young people and community members through performances.

Dance workshops, residencies, performance assemblies and professional development workshops are developed using the NYSLS and the Blueprints for Teaching and Learning in the Arts. Experienced teaching artists use these tools to gain a thorough understanding of the arts education goals of school administrators and maximize the outcomes for student participants and staff. 

D-Wave has brought the joy of movement in many schools including AHRCManhattan Comprehensive Night and Day High SchoolUrban Action AcademyUrban Assembly School of Law and JusticeChildren’s Aid College Prep Charter SchoolBenjamin Banneker Academy, PS 106, PS 133, PS 172, PS 315, PS 108, MS 447, PS 209, PS 6 Lillie D Blake, PS 236, PS 311, PS 169, PS 6 Norma Adams Clemons Academy.

D-Wave residencies encompass a variety of dance genres and ethnic forms, including Ballet, Modern, Creative Movement for children, Jazz, Tap, Hip Hop, African, Salsa, Flamenco, and Chinese dance. Workshops and residencies are offered both within school hours and/or during after school programs. The D-Wave in Motion program is available year-round and can last anywhere from a one-day workshop or master class to a year-long residency.  

For more information or to plan your residency, email DWave@dancewave.org

Download the D-Wave In Motion informational brochure.

“I can attest first-hand to the great contributions that this program has made to our school’s student body. Bringing dance to city children enlivens their day, excites their minds, and opens their bodies to the joys and rewards of physical exercise and creative expression.”

- Darleen Garner, Former Assistant Principal, PS 315