Dancewave's signature arts education residency program provides high-quality, customized dance experiences for Schools, Community Centers, Organizations, Corporations, and Companies.

Benefits of Bringing our residency program 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

Photo from a school residency
Photo from a school residency


Decide whether you'd like to meet synchronously or asynchronously and choose between our four branches of curriculum:

      • Cultural Dance Forms and Fitness Classes
      • Interdisciplinary Curriculum
      • Race & Dance Curriculum
      • Dance for Life (Program for Healthy Aging)
      • Youth Leadership Workshops
      • Movement that Matters
      • Arts Educator Workshops

Then all you have to do is click the button below to request a class or residency. Our community programs coordinator, Jessie, will reach out to discuss details.



  • Ideal for corporations, residential communities, organizations, public schools and community centers
  • Compatible with SEL and NYC Learning standards
  • Cultivates a community experience and “centering” process for students and teachers
  • Movement prepares students for learning
  • Breaks up a long day of sitting at the computer
  • Adds cultural awareness through a variety of global dance styles
  • Promotes wellness and restorative practices
  • Streamlined access to Zoom


  • Scaffolded video installments (up to 20 minutes of material per session), offered through a Vimeo On Demand page
  • Flexible to support your lesson planning - play the video lessons when it’s convenient for you
  • Variety and versatility of dance disciplines and interdisciplinary applications to STEAM and Social Studies learning standards
  • Works well with hybrid Virtual/In-person learning
  • Meets accessibility standards
  • Promotes health and wellness best practices

“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

Create & move. Learn about dance's cultural and historic significance. We offer a variety of styles prioritizing Non-Western Canon Dance forms. 

Dance disciplines we offer include:

West African ○ East African ○ African Diasporic Dances: Afro-fusion, Afro-Caribbean, Afro-Beats ○ Dancehall ○ Afro-Haitian ○ Soca ○ Latin Dance styles: Salsa, Merengue, Bachata ○ Flamenco ○ Bollywood ○ Arab Dance forms ○ Chinese Dance ○ Ballet ○ Modern ○ Creative Movement ○ Jazz ○ Musical Theatre ○ Tap ○ Hip Hop ○ Pilates ○ Essentrics ○ Yoga ○ and Zumba!

"[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

Dance lessons built to supplement and support classroom teaching in a variety of subjects. Customized lesson plans focused on standards of SEL, STEAM, and Social Studies for any age group!

Below is an example of possible curriculum opportunities for every age.


  • Applicable for public schools, community centers, corporations, and organizations who want to collectively process racial bias through movement
  • Racial awareness topics introduced through social dance forms from African Diaspora, Jazz and Hip Hop, to Tik Tok dance new trends
  • Discussion-based curriculum
  • Applies racial equity lens to SEL and NYC learning standards
  • Each session includes a dance class, historical context, learning techniques, choreography/composition modules, cultural celebration and literacy
  • Available in several different packages to fit your schedule: 1-day workshops, 5-week, 8-week, 16-week sessions


Staying physically, mentally and emotionally active are the key components of supporting overall health, well-being and quality of life as we age. Dancewave’s movement and dance classes are suitable for all ages and abilities, they start slowly and gradually to prevent sedentary and limited mobility older adults from getting injured or burned out.

Participants will be able to:

  • Improve their motor skills, balance, flexibility and range of motion
  • learn new movement skills, pattern, and vocabulary
  • Will experience improvement in their energy levels, moods, and sleep 
  • Can experience weight control which can decrease the risk of everything from hypertension to cardiovascular disease
  • Boost their brain functions and neurocognitive function through memorization, coordination, and critical thinking 
  • Explore musicality and polyrhythm
  • Develop self efficacy, confidence and physical, mental and emotional strength 
  • Learn and appreciate the cultural significance of different dance forms such as Latin dances, African Diasporic forms, and Chinese dance. 
  • Develop a sense of belonging while participating during the sessions, while feeling valued
  • Feel safe, calm and in control of their bodies 
  • Develop social connection to the teaching artist and other participants
  • Relate knowledge and personal experiences to make art
  • Relate artistic and creative ideas with societal, cultural and historical context to deepen their understanding of different dance forms
  • Acquire freedom of self and artistic expression 
  • Engage in a celebratory performance at the end of the residency 

Courtesy of Standish Village Senior CenterImage courtesy of Standish Village Senior Center

Dancewave’s Youth Leadership Workshop holds space for youth to dialog, connect and support each other as they learn about social justice, community organizing and advocacy. Students will develop a deeper understanding around identity politics, art as a tool for activism and how to effectively organize within a community, while cultivating project management and leadership skills. Students learn about their relationship to larger systems and how to work together to build power and enact change!

8 week series:

  1. Community building 
  2. Social change ecosystem 
  3. Art and Social Justice 
  4. Self Care and Social Justice 
  5. Youth Led Historical Movements 
  6. Understanding Power and Assessing a Community Need 
  7. Advocacy and Community Organizing
  8. Bringing ideas to action 


Student Outcomes: 

  1. Develop leadership skills and learn to advocate for community change
  2. Gain an understanding of unique identities and how they relate to larger systems 
  3. Hone their individual voices, foster creative expression and build meaningful connections

This workshop explores themes related to self-identity, social justice, and making meaning through movement. Students are given the tools to generate their own choreography, while building skills in critical movement analysis and dance artistry. Students develop their own unique voices and learn to express complex thoughts and ideas through an embodied experience. Throughout the workshop dancers will explore current events and share reflections on our world today through movement. 


8 week series 


  1. Why Movement Matters 
  2. Identity Mapping
  3. Investigation of feelings 
  4. Improvising to find meaning 
  5. Choreographic tools workshop 
  6. Responding to art through movement 
  7. Current events laboratory 
  8. Movement analysis 


Student Outcomes: 

  1. Engage creative expression to understand identity and emotions 
  2. Explore the intersections between movement and social justice
  3. Hone dance artistry and develop choreographic tool-box

We offer customizable Arts Educator Trainings - where we work with your organization to offer resources and tools for building a more socially engaged and responsive classroom. Grounded in proven effective practices, we will share frameworks for developing inclusive, responsive and developmentally appropriate curriculum and classroom practices. Trainings inspire teaching artists to actively uphold anti-oppressive and culturally responsive standards in teaching and provide a space where educators can share in an evolving conversation about embodied learning, the arts, and student-centered approaches to community building in the classroom.



  1. Creating "active citizenship” in the classroom
  2. Curriculum development to explore identity
  3. Engaging empathy through dance
  4. Mental health strategies for teaching artists and students (Strategies for Liberatory Teaching) 
  5. Social Emotional Learning  
  6. Restorative Practices 
  7. Cultural responsivity
  8. Inclusion and accessibility  



  1. Ground teaching practices in inclusivity, anti-racism, cultural-sensitivity, accessibility, wellness, and developmentally appropriate practices.
  2. Infuse lesson plans with inquiry, exploration and creativity.
  3. Support Students’ Individuality and Ownership of Learning

Dance Makes Waves in NYC: Take a Tour of our World-Class Residencies

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 support 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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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 ○ and many more!