Like many other nonprofits, we have had to cancel our gala, Dancewave’s largest single fundraising event of the year and our intended celebration for our 25th anniversary. During these difficult times, the Dancewave team is focused on providing access to dance through our online dance classes. You can support these programs and help us overcome this challenging time by making a contribution to Dancewave’s $25,000 for 25 Years GoFundMe campaign today!
Though we cannot be together in person, we are committed to celebrating our 25th anniversary and fundraising with our community and supporters online: Scroll down for information about our free online global dance class series, and follow us @Dancewave for a month-long celebration of #dancewave25years in April with archival photos, footage and more!
Support our $25,000 for 25 Years GoFundMe!
Our annual gala raises critical funds for Dancewave’s high-impact programming. We need your support to ensure that we can continue into our next 25 years of dance education and service. In this critical moment, you can directly impact our youth, staff and mission to transform lives through dance by making a donation today to our $25,000 for 25 Years GoFundMe. Please donate and share our cause, and join us for a class online! Your support means the world to us, our students and teaching artists, and the future of our organization. Thank you and be well!
APRIL IS ALUMNI MONTH AT DANCEWAVE!
We are saddened by the cancelation of our April 11 Alumni 2020 Reunion, our annual opportunity to bring Dancewave alum together to reconnect with Dancewave Founder, Executive/Artistic Director and #1 Cheerleader for our students, past and present.
Instead, we are asking our alumni to post a photo or video from their time at Dancewave to their social media pages, tag @Dancewave and #dancewave25years. Our alumni have dispersed far and wide over the many years, and we hope to make the most of this online-age to celebrate our 25th anniversary.
Free Online All-Ages Community Dance Classes
In place of our gala, Dancewave invites you to join us Wednesdays in April for FREE all-ages online dance classes in a range of dynamic global movement styles – all in celebration of its 25th anniversary. Open to all via Zoom and Facebook Live! Register to gain access to the live classes, including Bollywood (April 8); Dancehall (April 15); Latin Dance (April 22); and Afro-Caribbean (April 29), all taking place 4:00-5:00PM E.S.T. Sponsored by Con Edison, WABC, Apple Bank and Alloy Development.
DANCEWAVE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Sabrina LeBlanc ○ Stacie Sherer ○ Nicole Best ○ Tiffany Gibbs ○ Karey Kyle ○ Jeso O’Neill ○ Nicole Touzien ○ Todd Spillane ○ Alan Wen ○ Vanessa Williams ○ Saundra Thomas (Board Chair Emeritus)
GALA HOST COMMITTEE
Karey Kyle (Committee Chair) ○ Nicole Best ○ Alyssa McMahon ○ Jeso O’Neill ○ Nicole Touzien ○ Vanessa Williams
PAST DANCEWAVE HONOREES
April 10, 2019 ○ The Green Building, Brooklyn
Honorees: Josh Bergasse, Emmy Award Winning and Tony Nominated Choreographer ○ Carol K. Walker, Dance Department Chair, Hunter College ○ Jimmy Van Bramer, NYC City Council Member; Chair, Committee on Cultural Affairs ○ Peter Lambrakis, President, XBR, Inc.
April 25, 2018 ○ The Green Building, Brooklyn
Honorees: Wendy Whelan, Former Principal Dancer, NYC Ballet ○ Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, Founder and Visioning Partner, Urban Bush Women ○ Al Wiltshire, National Grid Foundation ○ Jo Anne Simon, New York State Assemblymember
April 26, 2017 ○ Roulette, Brooklyn
Honorees: Jody Gottfried Arnhold, Dance Educator and Advocate, Founder, Dance Education Laboratory (DEL) 92Y ○ Camille A. Brown, Choreographer, Educator, Artistic Director of Camille A. Brown & Dancers ○ Senator Velmanette Montgomery, 25th State Senate District
April 20, 2016 ○ Roulette, Brooklyn
Honorees: Mia Michaels, Creator, Director, Choreographer ○ Wendy Evans Joseph, Architect & Founder, Studio Joseph ○ Laurie Cumbo, NYC City Council Member
April 29, 2015 ○ Roulette, Brooklyn
Honorees: Paloma Herrera, Principal Dancer, American Ballet Theatre ○ Stephen Levin, NYC City Council Member ○ Saundra Thomas, WABC-TV
May 8, 2014 ○ BAM Fisher
Honorees: Eric Adams, Brooklyn Borough President ○ Wendy Perron, Editor at Large, Dance Magazine ○ Lance Pinn, Founder & President, Brooklyn Boulders
April 22, 2013 ○ BAM Fisher
Honorees: Harvey Lichtenstein, President Emeritus, Brooklyn Academy of Music ○ Carlo A. Scissura, President & CEO, Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce ○ Kyle Abraham, Artistic Director, Abraham.in.Motion
Photo by Dan Marino