Get to Know Dancewave

Whether you're new to Dancewave or a longtime friend, there's always something new to learn about our bustling organization.

Located in the heart of downtown Brooklyn's growing Gowanus community, Dancewave creates quality dance education for people of all ages (from 2-102), backgrounds, abilities, and experience levels. Our mission is to provide access to supportive and empowering dance experiences that center social, emotional and cognitive development through movement.

Despite the financial and physical challenges of COVID-19, we have expanded our programming and continued to respond to community needs. We invite you to learn more about our varied programs and offerings below, and drop us a line anytime to say hello or get involved.

DANCEWAVE CULTURE MODEL - INFORMING ALL OF OUR INITIATIVES

Dancewave’s Culture Model is grounded in restorative practices and social and emotional learning (SEL). Through dance, we teach participatory learning and decision-making, empathy and self-expression; helping people to understand themselves in relationship to others and larger systems, and to become more active members of their community.

DANCEWAVE PROGRAMS & INITIATIVES INCLUDE:

PUBLIC SCHOOL & SENIOR CENTER DANCE RESIDENCIES

Dancewave’s School and Community Programs bring dance residencies to public schools, community centers and senior centers across all 5 NYC boroughs. In fiscal year 2020, Dancewave brought an astounding 76 dance residencies to schools and community centers, including District 75 (all abilities), reaching over 6,000 students of all ages. With generous support from the Laureus Foundation, Dancewave is proud to offer its new Race & Dance curriculum for free to select school partners this coming year. (LEARN MORE)


PRE-PROFESSIONAL COMPANY

In 1995, Dancewave's founder Diane Jacobowitz began hosting the Kids Cafe Festival, bringing citywide youth to stages at BAM, the Kitchen, and other leading NYC venues to perform the works of world-renowned contemporary choreographers. Established in 2001 as Dancewave Company, our unique program provides rigorous pre-professional training and quality, holistic mentoring grounded in Dancewave’s Culture Model for youth ages 7-18. (LEARN MORE)


SCHOOL AT DANCEWAVE

Held at the Dancewave Center in Gowanus, Brooklyn, the School at Dancewave provides dance classes and summer camps for youth of all ages and abilities. Classes include Creative Movement, Ballet, Modern, Jazz, African, Hip Hop, Musical Theater and more. Our annual Summer Dance Intensives offer teens from across New York City the opportunity to study intensively for two weeks with renowned dance professionals. (LEARN MORE)


DANCEWAVE THROUGH COLLEGE & BEYOND (DTCB)

DTCB is a dance-specific college fair and career preparatory event serving high school students and up to 60 college dance programs internationally. To date, over $10 million in college scholarships have been offered to DTCB attendees by the participating colleges. This year, Dancewave's college connection event was the only live college fair and virtual audition to persevere through COVID-19, allowing auditionees to submit home videos for consideration by 40 top college dance programs from the safety of home. Co-presented in 2019 and 2020 by Dance Magazine.(LEARN MORE)


MOVING TOGETHER - FREE COMMUNITY CLASSES

At the peak of the pandemic's onset, Dancewave mounted its free all-ages dance classes virtually for the first time, offering essential health benefits and cross-cultural community connection when it was needed most. 2,500 participants and counting have tuned in from more than 8 countries worldwide. Moving Together provides a dance experience and also educates students on the cultural and historical significance of social dance styles ranging from Bollywood, Swing, Arabic Dance, Latin Dance, Modern/Contemporary and African dance styles.(LEARN MORE)


YOUTH LEADERSHIP COUNCIL

Dancewave’s Youth Leadership Council (YLC) has been integral to keeping social justice at the forefront of Dancewave’s impact. Through an examination of youth-led historical movements, current events and media influence, Dancewave holds space for youth to dialog, connect and support each other as ambassadors of change and forward thinking. Dancewave’s YLC is part of a citywide advocacy program for teens run by NYC Service, in partnership with the NYC Mayor’s Office.(LEARN MORE)


ARTS EDUCATOR TRAINING

Our Arts Educator training combines decades of teaching experience with our field research from leading hundreds of dance residencies in New York City public schools, community and senior centers over the past 25 years. Each year, Dancewave creates a space where educators can share in an evolving conversation about embodied learning through dance, the arts, and holistic approaches to community building in the classroom. Our 2020 Educator Training focused on cultivating racial equity in the classroom with guest speaker and social justice advocate David King. We expanded our program in fiscal year 2019 with support from the National Endowment for the Arts. (LEARN MORE)


ADULT CLASSES & STUDIO RENTALS

Dancewave offers affordable Adult classes and Studio rentals, creating a community space - both at the Dancewave Center and virtually - that you can count on each week. Adult dance and fitness classes present seasonal class opportunities with compassionate expert teaching artists who care about make dance accessible to a diverse range of bodies and backgrounds. Overlapping with emerging and established artists who rent our studio, this audience brings life and energy to our space when it's not being filled with dancing kiddos in our School. The Dancewave Center has been safely conducting on-site Studio Rentals since October 2020!
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