UPDATE: Following New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Emergency Executive Order 225, Dancewave will require proof of COVID-19 vaccination and valid identification upon entering the facility for all staff, interns, volunteers and patrons ages 12 and older. Click here to learn more and to prepare for your visit.


Typically held at the Dancewave Center in Gowanus, Brooklyn and currently virtual due to COVID-19, the School at Dancewave provides dance classes and summer camps for youth of all ages and abilities. Classes can 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.

Fall Semester: Registration begins July 26


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 later 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.

Spring Semester Company Application open through January 25, 2021. Apply today to join Dancewave Company!


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.


Dancewave strives to promote diversity and equity in the arts and foster the education of the next generation of young artist citizens. School at Dancewave scholarships provide financial assistance to students and their families who are committed to the study of dance and are awarded for semester-based classes, Youth Company Program, and Summer Dance programs.

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This Summer, Dancewave offers dynamic in-person camps, intensives, & technique classes! Kids ages 3-9 will learn the foundations of Ballet and Modern technique, while exploring creative expression through our exciting, integrative camps. Students 9-18+ are invited to join Dancewave’s week-long intensives to develop as artists, expand their movement vocabulary, and gain essential skills for choreography and auditions. Students of all ages also have the opportunity to move in our array of technique classes, offered weekly!

Summer Trimester dates: June 21-August 30