Get to know Dancewave
At Dancewave, we think about dance as a vehicle for personal and communal transformation. We believe in youth empowerment, whole-person development, and a community-oriented dance experience accessible to all. Dancewave promotes a culture model that strives to subvert oppressive systems ingrained throughout the dance community and world at large.
Dancewave Culture Model - Informing all of our Initiatives
Our Culture Model is grounded in restorative practices and social-emotional learning (SEL). We help students better understand themselves in relation to others and larger systems by teaching participatory learning, decision-making, empathy, and self-expression through dance.
Ages 3 - 18
We promote positive youth development through our year-round creative movement & technique classes, summer camps & intensives, and advocacy & service-based Youth Leadership Council.
Ages 7 - 18
The Dancewave Company Program builds technical ability, artistic integrity, and leadership skills. Invited youth have the opportunity to work with world-renowned choreographers in our socially conscious program.
Ages 16 - 18
Our annual career preparatory and college fair event, Dancewave Through College and Beyond, is designed to facilitate student success in higher education and careers in the arts.
Having celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2020, Dancewave reflects on its humble start in a small office at the YWCA on Atlantic Avenue, its persistence shaping the dance education field in Brooklyn, and the 35,000 students, teachers, artists, parents and audience members it has touched through its innovative programming.