Dance to Unite is currently partnering with 10 After School programs and community centers located in Manhattan's Lower East Side, Chinatown, Chelsea, East Harlem, Brooklyn and the Bronx. Dance classes are offered to boys and girls (first to eighth grade) on a regular, weekly basis throughout the school year (October to June). Our dance classes are complemented with a cultural educational component to enhance our promotion of unity and acceptance to all cultures. Educational component includes CIRCLE TALK where concepts related to cultural diversity are covered as well as visits from special guest artists who share their expertise on a range of artistic disciplines as a vehicle to educate about a certain culture. Every Dance to Unite class ends with an end of the year performance.
Present Partner Agencies include:
- Education Alliance / Manhattan's Lower East Side (2013 - present)
- Immigration Social Services (ISS) / Chinatown (2013 - present)
- McBurney YMCA/ Chelsea (2014 -present)
- Union Settlement with Rising Stars After School Program / East Harlem (2015-present)
- Wediko Children's Services / Bronx (2015-present)
- Chinese American Planning Council (CPC) / Chinatown and Brooklyn (new 2016)
Present Participating Schools / Community Centers include:
- P.S 140 / Manhattan's Lower East Side (2013 - present)
- P.S 2 / Chinatown ( 2013 - present)
- P.S 42 / Chinatown ( 2013 - present)
- PS 33 / Chelsea (2014 - present)
- Washington Houses Community center / East Harlem (2015 - present)
- MS 363 / Bronx (2015 - present)
- Bronx Community Charter School / North Bronx (2015 - present)
- PS130 / Chinatown (new 2016)
- PS153 / Brooklyn (new 2016)
Past Partner Agencies include:
- Grand Street Settlement - Beacon Center / Manhattan's Lower East Side ( 2009-10, 2010-11, 2011-12)
- Grand Street Settlement - Bushwick Hylan Center / Brooklyn (2010)
- The Youth Success Network / New Jersey ( August 2014)
- Encore / Brooklyn (2013-14, 2014-15)
- Simpson Street Development Association (SISDA) / Bronx (2014-15)
- Harlem Center for Education / East Harlem (2015)
- Harlem RBI / East Harlem (2015-16)
- Bronx Community Charter After School / North Bronx (2015)
Past Schools include:
- P.S 188 / Manhattan's Lower East Side (2013-14)
- Brooklyn's Endeavor Middle School / Brooklyn (2013-14, 2014-15)
- P.S 171 Patrick Henry / East Harlem (2015)
- 116 Rafael Hernandez School / Bronx (2014-15)
- Harlem RBI's Community Space / East Harlem (2015-16)
Number of Students:
To date, Dance to Unite has served over 1000 students in total with its free year-round program.
This school year 2015-2016 Dance to Unite offers its year-round free program to 212 students.
Dance to Unite class information
Every class meets once a week for an hour ( after-school hours are between 3:00pm–6:00pm ).
We offer our classes to students who are in Elementary School and Middle School (first to eighth grade).
Days of operation : Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.
We offer a variety of dance styles such as:
Hip Hop, Contemporary, Ballet, Bollywood, Ballroom, Bharatanatyam, Lyrical, Latin, Fusion, Jazz, Belly Dance and Yoga.
The music that is selected is "clean" and holds a positive message.
Every class opens with a few minutes of Circle Talk. This is when the teacher and students sit in a circle and explore the 13 positive concepts that promote Dance to Unite's mission of unity and peace.
13 Steps to Unity (Circle Talk's concepts)
We explore 13 concepts throughout the school year: Dance to Unite, Culture, Unity, Acceptance, Compassion, Respect, Positive Intention, Giving, Kindness, Caring, Bonding, Love and Peace.
Complimentary Special Workshops
Throughout the year each one of our weekly dance classes is complemented with one special workshop that is conducted by a special guest artist (a one special class event). These workshops bring to life the 'Circle Talk' concepts from our weekly classes by providing an actual celebration of a certain culture (through a certain style of dance, an art presentation or a special program). Please check our Gallery page and our Guest Artists page to see examples of our past workshops.
Every class rehearses a dance routine throughout the school year and holds an end of the year performance.