Our Story

Mission Dancewave provides access to a community dance experience that encourages individuality and whole-person development throughout New York City and beyond. Through innovative programming we use dance as an expressive vehicle for transformation. Dancewave’s Culture Model creates an inclusive environment for all ages, abilities, sexual orientations, racial and socio-economic backgrounds.

The Dancewave Culture Model (DCM) is grounded in restorative practices, a social science that studies how to build social capital and achieve social discipline through participatory learning and decision-making. The goal of restorative practices in classroom discipline is to address the behavior, find a solution and repair the relationship of the student with the rest of the community. DCM is also guided by the Young Artist Citizens focus (YAC), which is designed to empower students to lead, take ownership of their learning, and become active members of their learning community.

Founded in 1995 by Artistic/Executive Director Diane Jacobowitz, Dancewave’s unique model combines rigorous training with artistic integrity 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.