To all the teaching artists, dancers, volunteers and donors, we are blessed to have supporters like you!
Thanksgiving conjures up feelings of gratitude and tomorrow we acknowledge and honor the orignal stewards of our land, their vibrant cultures, traditions, and heritages while recognizing Native Americans' many contributions.
And ahead of this coming #GivingTuesday, we would like to share this year's work and thank you all for supporting our dance activism and the education that concludes with New York City's biggest dance event next May.
We invite you to check out our year-end campaign called "Fueling Dreams" which our Board is so generously matching every dollar donated. We've
partnered with Zeffy to ensure that every penny goes
toward our programs without any fees or commissions.
Our mission, close to our hearts, is to
bring the joy of dance to underserved public schools and community
centers across all five boroughs of the city. By paying teaching artists
above average compensation, we aim to empower the next generation
through the art of dance and culminate their journeys with an
exhilarating experience at the 18th annual Dance Parade and Festival on
Saturday, May 18, 2024.
Advocating to end the NYC prohibtion on dancing: Our 2024 theme "Dance Free" is a a potent call to action for
freedom, inclusivity, and unity within the dance community. Our grassroots advocacy campaign started earlier this year with the 17th Annual Parade & Festival whose theme was "Beyond the Zone" and has successfully influenced the Department of City Planning to propose allowing bars and restaurants to permit dancing in the same way that NYC zoning allows live music in all bars and restaurants throughout the city.
Currently this proposal called City of Yes is under public review. We have galvanized support through our website legalizedance.org to collect over 3,000 petition signatures toward our 10,000 goal in February when we will testify at the Land Use Hearing. Will you support us in putting an end to these racist era zoning laws?
The Power of Dance: Dance
is more than just movement; it's a language, a culture, and a universal
expression of freedom. It transcends barriers, offering a glimpse
into the souls of those who embrace it. It's a testament to the idea
that art knows no bounds, and it's our mission to spread the joy of dance through our Community Engagement programs to ensure that every
child in New York City has the opportunity to experience this profound
Spreading the Joy: In
our pursuit of this mission, we're excited to share that we have
selected 15 under-resourced public schools and 7 community centers
across the five boroughs of New York City to be part of our dance
residency programs. These programs run by Carlye Eckert offer free dance education led by
qualified teaching artists who not only teach dance techniques but also
inspire creativity, teamwork, and self-expression. With your support, we
aim to give participants a platform to discover their hidden talents along with the exciting conclusion of participating in New York City's biggest dance event.
The 18th Annual Dance Parade and Festival: Our
season culminates in the greatly anticipated event that defines the
spirit of what we do: The 18th annual Dance Parade and Festival on May
18, 2024. The theme for this year, "Dance Free," goes beyond mere words.
It is a powerful symbol of freedom, inclusivity, and unity. It serves
as a call to action for the entire dance community to stand up for what
they believe in, inspiring and mobilizing dancers and advocates to
ensure that New York City's legislative decisions align with the values
of freedom, inclusivity, and respect for diverse forms of expression
Your role: With your support, we can continue to make a difference in the
lives of these dancers of all ages. Your contributions will help us provide
the necessary resources, from dance instructors to audio rentals. Together, we can fuel dreams, offering a chance for individuals to express themselves freely through dance and create memories to last a lifetime.
Join Us! As
we gear up for #GivingTuesday, we invite you to be part of our mission
to spread the joy of dance, nurture creativity, and champion the values
of freedom, inclusivity, and unity. Let's "Dance Free" towards a brighter future for New York City's youth and older adults alike, one
step at a time.
And, by pitching in you'll also get a donor perk as a token of our appreciation! Be part of a movement that celebrates the
power of dance and the freedom it brings to all.
Thank you! Together, we can make a lasting impact,