About CityDance

Transforming Lives and Communities Through Dance

Founded in 1996, CityDance is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization recognized as an arts and education leader throughout the DC metropolitan area. With its mission to transform lives and communities through dance, CityDance produces and presents world-class dance; trains young dancers for professional careers; and uses dance to prepare youth for academic, professional, and personal success.

CITYDANCE PRESENTS brings acclaimed national and international companies to the region’s most prestigious performance venues.

CITYDANCE IGNITE supports rising choreographic stars to create, produce, and perform their own work.

CITYDANCE SCHOOL & CONSERVATORY prepares young dancers for 21st- century careers by providing students unparalleled opportunities to work and perform with professional artists and superlative training in ballet, contemporary, and world dance forms.

CITYDANCE POP! DANCE & FITNESS STUDIO in Tenleytown, D.C. is CityDance’s destination for high quality, fast-paced fun. POP! offers more than 20 classes for all ages. Classes start as early as 18 months and include genres ranging from Mommy & Me and Pre-Ballet to Zumba and break dancing.

CITYDANCE DREAM is an after-school program that provides dance classes and performance opportunities; mentoring and tutoring to students from D.C.’s most underserved communities. DREAM’s mission is to use dance as a pathway for youth to graduate high-school and discover and pursue their full potential. Established in 2005, the DREAM program serves youth in grades three to twelve at public schools and community sites across the nation’s capital.   DREAM is the recipient of the 2015 President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award and the 2010 D.C. Mayor’s Arts Awards for Outstanding Contribution to Arts Education.  In 2018, DREAM will anchor a new arts center in downtown D.C., The DREAM Center for Dance.

CityDance is led by Alexe Nowakowski, Executive Director; Lorraine Spiegler, Artistic Director of the School & Conservatory; Kelli Quinn, Director of DREAM; and Letitia Hays, Director of Operations.

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Board of Directors

Karen Thomas


Emily Lenzner

Vice Chair

Kay Kendall


Lauren Talbott


Marcy Butler Compton

Board Member

Herb Heiserman

Board Member

Patricia Howell

Board Member

Barbara Josephs Liotta

Board Member

Scott Logan

Board Member

Mark McFadden

Board Member

Kevin Parker

Board Member

Linda Potter

Board Member

Alison Shulman

Board Member

Nancy Tartt

Board Member

Gretchen B. Wharton

Board Member

Alexandra Nowakowski

President & CEO