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CityDance DREAM and Conservatory Students


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 School and 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. The? ?Conservatory is an audition-only professional training program. Graduates have gained acceptance at some of the country’s most prestigious dance colleges, summer programs? ?and professional companies. CityDance Conservatory is the recipient of the Outstanding School Award at the Youth America Grand Prix in Denver, CO 2015 and Philadelphia, PA in 2017.

CityDance DREAM seeks to level the playing field for students living in high-poverty DC neighborhoods by providing access to a world-class arts education; supports and services to ensure success in school; and the resources needed for successful transitions to adulthood. In Fall 2017, DREAM opened the long-awaited DREAM Center for Dance in the heart of U Street. Equipped with three professional dance studios and academic classrooms, DREAM walks hand in hand with its students on a ten-year journey from 3rd to 12th grade integrating tuition-free world-class dance training with comprehensive academic supports, college preparation and family services. Since 2005, DREAM Connections has been engaging the greater DC community by providing free after-school dance programs and in-school performances to thousands of public and charter school students across our nation’s capital.

CityDance is led by Alexe Nowakowski, President & CEO; Lorraine Spiegler, Artistic Director of the School & Conservatory; Kelli Quinn, Founding Director of DREAM; and Letitia Hays, Chief Operating Officer.

Watch Past Performances

Video 7/28/2018: Millennium Stage Performance at National Dance Day

Celebrate National Dance Day with the Kennedy Center and Dizzy Feet Foundation! Enjoy performances from local Contradiction Dance Theatre, the DEA Youth Dance Program, Dance Institute of Washington, and CityDance Conservatory and DREAM programs. The Millennium Stage hour will end with the whole crowd up and moving with this year’s official National Dance Day routine, led by So You Think You Can Dance All-Star Comfort Fedoke!