Since its conception, Dancewave has been diligent in its mission to create equitable access to quality dance education.

We are committed to developing programs that honor the cultural and historical significance of dance forms and uplift participants through movement exploration, empathy, and self-expression. Our programs encourage a diverse audience to better understand themselves and become more active members of their community.

Additionally, we prioritize mentorship and artistic integrity across all programs by partnering with cutting-edge artists and providing comprehensive teacher training.

Mission

Dancewave provides access to supportive and empowering dance experiences that center social, emotional and cognitive development through movement. Developing programs to meet community needs, we use dance as a vehicle for transformation, expression, active citizenship and self reflection. Dancewave fosters a culture where dance is celebrated as a healing and inclusive art form.

Vision

Dancewave envisions a future where dance is available to all populations, especially those who have ever been denied access to dance education. Dancewave acts as a resource and community hub for artists, educators and young visionaries, extending opportunities for our audience to participate in advocacy efforts and social change movements.

Core Values

      • Dance is a human right and should be available to all without exceptions
      • Inclusive and supportive environments are essential for learning, growth and transformation
      • Counteracting white supremacy and building more equitable systems
      • Responding to evolving community and societal needs is an organizational imperative
      • Having our external values that match our internal values

 

Statement on Becoming an Anti-Racist Organization

Dancewave intentionally engages in racial equity processes; unpacking and addressing institutional and interpersonal connections with systems of oppression. We strive to hold ourselves accountable to our staff, community members, and stakeholders through open and honest conversations, research, and critical analysis.. Additionally, we create space for youth to process through our Youth Leadership Council, regular Regroups, and Race & Dance curriculum. We recognize our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion as an evolving process and will continue to openly engage in this work in order to embody the deep systemic change we want to see reflected for all Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC).