Dancewave is a dance center that inspires students to express themselves authentically through an innovative model of dance education. Our unique model combines rigorous training with artistic integrity, and access for all, in a supportive environment. Students are mentored by accomplished dance professionals, which allows for personal growth as well as superior dance education. Dancers have the opportunity to join our pre-professional dance companies, where they gain technical proficiency and self-confidence through training, rehearsals, and performances.
Often, in our community, students do not have a creative outlet in which to express themselves or showcase their talents. Through Dancewave, those students have the opportunity to flourish. Dancewave also gives dancers exposure to college dance programs through master classes, roundtable discussions with college department heads, and performances at Long Island University’s Kumble Theatre.
Dancewave transforms the lives of New York City youth through unique exposure to world-class, pre-professional performing arts training.
We strive to:
- Expose students to various techniques and styles within a genre in order to develop the versatility required of professional dancers.
- Ingrain a sophisticated knowledge of dance history by exposing students to a wide spectrum of dance artists at various stages in their careers.
- Create a nurturing and challenging environment for every child and teen who demonstrates a strong inclination to develop his or her technique and performance skills.
- Approach students as artists in the making.
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Dancewave brings together a diverse community of young people through dance education and performance. We believe that dance provides a forum for meaningful, positive exchange between kids of all backgrounds and cultures. Since its inception in 1995 by Diane Jacobowitz, Artistic/Executive Director, Dancewave has created programs that are challenging and artistically substantial, and which address young people's needs for individual achievement and group identity. Our pre-professional dance education and performance training programs offer young people a rare combination of high-level artistic integrity, educational rigor, and nurturing support.
Dancewave's ongoing objective is to provide a larger constituency of youth and vulnerable populations throughout NYC opportunities to benefit from learning and creating dance.
With a student population that reflects the full range of NYC's economic and cultural fabric, Dancewave offers young people from diverse backgrounds the opportunity to learn, create, and perform dance together. Dancewave's faculty consists of professional dancers with careers in local and national dance companies who provide rigorous instruction that helps young people explore their creativity, develop technique, build self-discipline, and strengthen leadership skills.