ABOUT THE DREAM PROGRAM
CityDance DREAM is a nationally recognized after-school program, providing dance classes, performance opportunities, mentoring, tutoring and college counseling to students from underserved communities across Washington, DC. DREAM has been serving youth in grades three through twelve at public schools and community sites across the nation’s capital since 2005. DREAM’s mission is to use dance as a pathway for youth to graduate from high school, discover their potential and pursue their dreams.
“I have personally witnessed the impact CityDance DREAM has on young people’s lives," Muriel Bowser Mayor, District of Columbia.
Established as a 10-week after school program serving 15 students, DREAM was started in the hallways of Green Elementary in Washington DC's Ward 8. Our roots provided youth participants with dance activities while fostering a greater connection with their peers, schools and the community.
By adopting best practices in youth development with continuous student, family and community feedback, our proven model of success delivers multi-year programming that prepares today’s youth for academic, professional, and personal success tomorrow.
We believe that dance has the power to transcend barriers and transform lives; that all youth are capable of living healthy, productive and meaningful lives; and that they deserve equal opportunities, supports and services, regardless of their background and socio-economic status.
In 2015, DREAM received The National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award from the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, the Nation’s highest honor for after-school arts and humanities programs.
Looking to the future, CityDance DREAM is preparing for its next chapter to meet the growing needs of our youth: opening its own 15,000 square foot facility in the heart of downtown DC, The DREAM Center for Dance, and delivering an intensive dance curriculum with comprehensive academic and family services.
Expanding Our DREAM
Over the next five years, the $9 million DREAM Builders Campaign will capitalize the CityDance DREAM Center for Dance to include a new facility, significant deepening and expansion of programming, and an increased capacity to enroll more students. Located on Historic U Street in downtown Washington, DC, the DREAM Center for Dance will provide a stable, permanent home where our students can feel safe and supported for the longterm. Surrounded by a dedicated team of professional teaching artists and experienced social service staff, our students will be armed with the tools and skills necessary for successful transitions from childhood to adolescence and into adulthood.
The DREAM Builders campaign will fuel the transformation of more lives through dance.
DREAM Center for Dance
Funding Needed: 3 Million
Funds will support the build-out of state-of-the-art dance studios, a black-box theater, an education center, family services and counseling suites, and administrative offices
Programmatic & Operational Growth
Funding Need: $6 Million
With the expansion of our programming, we are ensuring more students have the tools to pursue and achieve their dreams.
Funds will enable DREAM to triple the number of students served and support the operations of the DREAM Center for Dance in the following key areas:
- Dance Training & Education: Intensive dance training classes in multiple genres, access to renowned faculty, artists and companies, participation in summer intensives and performances throughout the year.
- Academic Services: Providing a full academic and college preparatory curriculum of educational resources and mentorship to all students, implemented and managed on-site.
- Family Services: In-house and drop-in counseling for students on-site and comprehensive parent engagement activities and enrichment workshops.
DREAM's Washington Wizards Halftime performance
Watch DREAM's National Partner, The Wooden Floor, on NBC
DREAM's Washington Wizards Halftime Rehearsal
Media Advisory: CityDance Launches DREAM Builders Investment Campaign
DREAM's College Dive in Day
CityDance DREAM Participates in Master Class with Lizt Alfonso from Cuba
CityDance DREAM Performs During the Washington Mystics halftime
CityDance DREAM to Perform at the Washington Mystics Game
DREAM Students Give Back to the Community!
DREAM Acting Workshop
CityDance DREAM Graduation Party
DREAM Students Participate in Body Positive Workshop
DREAM's First Summer Intensive
DREAM Ballroom Class
DREAM Students Volunteer at DC Central Kitchen
CityDancers of Insta Summer Takeover Featuring Shanya of DREAM
DREAM College Tour of Howard University
DC Style Factory Workshop for DREAM students
Conservatory and DREAM Students Perform "Tango Zero" at the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities Annual Meeting
Congratulations to our first DREAM graduates, Janay Scott and Valeria Cruz, on receiving their high school diploma!
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DREAM's Trip to the Capitol
Whole Foods Tenley Selects CityDance DREAM as their Nickels for Nonprofits Recipient
DREAM students meet DC Mayor Muriel Bowser
Review: CityDance’s ‘DREAMscape’ at The Lincoln Theatre
DREAM students prepare for this weekend's performance
CityDance DREAM Launches Ballet and Modern Classes
CityDance DREAM Spring Break trip to NYC!
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White House Ready!
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Great day at the #folklife festival with Dancing in One Language campers! #smithsonian #smiles #culture #kenya
What an amazing weekend of dance at The Lincoln Theatre on #UStreet! Thank you to all of the amazing artists who came to DC from...
CityDance DREAM Alumni students talked to Mayor Gray about the importance of afterschool programming and taught some dance warm...
CityDance DREAM shot a PSA with the Washington Mystics at the Verizon Center. Pictured: CityDance DREAM students Estephany...
CityDance's Partnership with the Wooden Floor
Happy Thanksgiving from our CityDance family to yours!
It's #GivingTuesday... Help build a DREAM!