Community & Public School Residencies

Dancewave’s signature arts education program provides high-quality dance programs to NYC schools, community centers and senior centers.  Dancewave meet your students’ needs through fully customizable programs, from one-day workshops or master classes to semester- and year-long residencies.

Dance Makes Waves in NYC

Dancewave School & Community Programs team hosted a virtual tour of our impactful work in dance education across NYC’s five boroughs. This year, we partnered with 40 New York City public schools and senior centers to 6,000 students this year alone. Click below to watch our behind-the-scenes videos, research data and special guest appearances and join our effort to sustain life-enhancing dance programs despite COVID-19-related budget cuts.

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Benefits of Bringing Dancewave to Your School or Community Center

○ Programming for youth, seniors and intergenerational groups
○ Adaptable to in-school and after-school scheduling
○ Physical, social and cognitive activities customized for students
○ Teaching artists trained in restorative practices & social emotional learning
○ Best practices from NYC Blueprint for Teaching & Learning, National Core Arts Standards and the Dancewave Culture Model
○ In-school and community performance opportunities
○ Registered DOE vendor

Dance Styles Offered: ○ Afro-Cuban ○ Afro-Haitian ○ Bachata ○ Ballet ○ Bollywood ○ Capoeira ○ Chinese Dance ○ Creative Movement ○ Flamenco ○ Hip Hop ○ Jazz ○ Merengue ○ Modern ○ Musical Theater ○ Salsa ○ West African ○ Zumba ○ and more!

New Online Programming! Asynchronous School Curriculum Packages FY21

Dancewave’s School and Community Programs staff work closely with Teaching Artists to build custom lesson plans using creative movement and dance to meet The New York State Learning Standards for grades Pre-K-12 in the areas of:
○ Physical Development and Health
○ Social and Emotional Learning (SEL)
○ Cognition and Knowledge of the World: Science (SCI)
○ Cognition and Knowledge of the World: Social Studies (SOC)
○ Cognition and Knowledge of the World: Arts (Dance)

Combining the Dancewave Culture Model with the Blueprint for Teaching and Learning Dance, we focus on the areas of Dance Making, Developing Dance Literacy, and Making Connections. Our structured experiential learning lessons help students develop these critical skills and understandings:
○ Physical
○ Social/Affective
○ Cognition
○ Aesthetic
○ Metacognitive

“We see our participating students making impressive strides, not only in dance literacy and technique, but also in self-initiative and self-confidence, successful collaboration with peers, and development of leadership skills.” – Librarian/School Liaison, IS 75

“[Our residency] was a wonderful moment of intergenerational support and fun and laughter… It really brought us together as a community because we were learning together.” – Eva Freeman, PS 705 PTA Co-President

Dancewave Asynchronous Learning Reel FY20

Dancewave School & Community Programs Residencies Reel FY20

Past residencies include: Achievement First Crown Heights Elementary ○ AHRC ○ Benjamin Banneker Academy ○ Brooklyn Prospect Charter School ○ Children’s Aid College Prep Charter School ○ Christopher Blenman Senior Center ○ IS 75/PS 36 ○ IS 145 ○ Jill Chaifetz Transfer High School ○ Leaders High School ○ Manhattan Comprehensive Night and Day High School ○ Midwood Neighborhood Senior Center ○ MS 61 ○ MS 447 ○ MS/PS 194 ○ Norma Adams Clemons Academy ○ Park Slope Center for Successful Aging ○ Professional Performing Arts School ○ PS 6 ○ PS 16 ○ PS 38 ○ PS 40 ○ PS 77 ○ PS 106 ○ PS 108 ○ PS 131 ○ PS 133 ○ PS 152K ○ PS 169 ○ PS 172 ○ PS 190 ○ PS 209 ○ PS 217 ○ PS 236 ○ PS 280Q ○ PS 311 ○ PS 315 ○ PS 375M ○ PS 705 ○ Repertory Company High School for Theatre Arts ○ Uncommon Schools ○ Urban Action Academy ○ Urban Assembly School of Law and Justice ○ The Washington Market School


Photo by Kathryn Butler