Support Dancewave


We count on you to make our essential work possible. Dancewave is a dynamic dance education organization serving approximately 6,000 students of all ages each year. During this challenging and uncertain time, the essential health benefits of dance are more important now than ever before. Your support means the world to us as we work to keep dance programs afloat for students who have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19.

There are many ways you can support Dancewave this season – most of which include dancing with us!

Checks may be addressed to: Dancewave, 182 4th Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11217
We deeply appreciate your generosity and support. Thank you!

Did you know? There are increased benefits for charitable contributions in 2020, as per the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act:

  • Individuals can now deduct 100% of their cash gifts on itemized returns, for up to 100% of their adjusted gross income (AGI).
  • The Required Minimum Distribution (RMD) from individual retirement accounts has been suspended.
  • Continued opportunity for individuals age 70 1/2 or older to make a qualified charitable distribution (QCD). Donors may give as much as $100,000 directly from an IRA plan to a qualified charity.
  • A new tax benefit for non-itemizers: Individuals can now deduct up to $300 of their total charitable gifts on standard deduction (non-itemized) returns.
  • Corporations can now deduct up to 25% of their taxable income.

Join us at the Dancewave Center! 1 WEEK ONLY: In-person Youth & Adult Classes

Giving Tuesday is December 1st. Join us as we open our doors for in-person classes, offered in honor of this global generosity movement. All proceeds from these $10 donation-based classes go to Dancewave’s Fall Fundraiser (consider adding on an extra $5 donation to further your gift!). Maximum 8 students per class to maintain social distancing, with all other COVID-19 Health & Safety Policies in place (see below).

Classes are held at the Dancewave Center – 182 4th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11217. Advanced registration required.

Week of Giving Class Schedule:

Tuesday, December 1 – 3:15-4:00pm | Creative Movement (Ages 3-6) with Phoebe Ballard
Wednesday, December 2 – 4:00-4:45pm | Modern (Ages 7-11) with Madeline Warriner
Thursday, December 3 – 3:30-4:15pm | Storytelling through Dance (Ages 3-6) with Natalie Stehly
Thursday, December 3 – 7:00-8:00pm | Barre Vida (Adults) with Autumn Oftedal
Friday, December 4 – 7:00-8:00pm | Hip Hop (Adults) with Alicia Hutchinson

If the $10 donation price proves cost prohibitive, please email us. No one will be turned away for lack of funds.

COVID-19 Health and Safety Standards:

  • Health Screenings
  • Temp checks
  • Masks required at all times
  • Social distancing ensured (10ft)
  • Learn more about our COVID-19 Health & Safety Standards here.

    Thanks to your support, we were able to reach our $5,000 fundraising goal during our Board of Directors’ 1:1 Match Event! Our new Board of Directors will match this dollar-for-dollar – so that makes $10,000 raised for tuition and programming!

    Dancewave Board of Directors:
    Todd Spillane – Board Chair
    Vanessa Williams – Vice Chair
    Alan Wen – Treasurer
    Tiffany Gibbs – Secretary
    Jeso O’Neill – Board Member
    Nicole Best – Board Member
    Kinjal Parekh – Board Member
    Dagmar Nedbal – Board Member



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    ○ Donate auction and raffle items
    ○ Donate tickets to performances to further Dancewave students’ education and breadth of experience
    ○ Donate services, such as printing and advertising to help reduce the cost of producing our annual events
    ○ Ask your company to match your donation
    ○ Volunteer! We can always use extra hands throughout the year at events and during busy times. Visit our Volunteer page to find out more!

    Contact to learn more about how your contribution can make a difference!

    Photo by Rebecca Oviatt/Becca.Vision