Dance to Unite is partnering with eight (8) after-school programs in Manhattan's Lower East Side, Chinatown, Brooklyn and the Bronx for the 2018-2019 school year. Free dance classes are offered to students from first to eighth grade weekly throughout the school year (October to June).
Number of Students:
To date, Dance to Unite has served over 1400 students. This school year, 212 students are participating in the program.
Dance styles include: Hip Hop, Contemporary, Ballet, Bollywood, Ballroom, Bharatanatyam, Lyrical, Latin, Fusion, Jazz and Belly Dance.
Teachers choose clean music that hold a positive message.
CIRCLE TALK is the core aspect of each Dance to Unite class. Teachers guide students in exploring the 13 Steps to Unity, which are positive concepts that help students understand, accept and celebrate the value of cultural diversity.
13 Steps to Unity:
Dance to Unite, Culture, Unity, Acceptance, Compassion, Respect, Positive Intention, Giving, Kindness, Caring, Bonding, Love and Peace.
“ I learned how to be kind to others and respect them.”- Ben, 1st Grade.
“ I learned how to be kind, compassionate and accepting to others because it helps me learn about other people.”- Giselle, 4th Grade.
Each class receives one workshop per year conducted by a special guest artist. These workshops bring Circle Talk concepts to life by celebrating additional cultures through different dance styles, art presentations, or other unique programs. See the Gallery page and our Guest Artists page for examples of past workshops.
Every class rehearses a dance routine throughout the school year and holds an end-of-the-year performance for parents, school staff, fellow students and members of the community.
Present Partner Agencies include:
Educational Alliance / Manhattan's Lower East Side (2013 - present)
Chinese American Planning Council (CPC) / Chinatown and Brooklyn (2016 - present)
University Settlement / (2017 - present)
International School for Liberal Arts / (2017 - present)
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)
P.S 63 / Lower East Side (2017 - present)
P.S 64 / Lower East Side (2016 - present)
P.S 134 / Lower East Side (2017 - present)
P.S 153 / Brooklyn (2016 - present)
M.S International School of Liberal Arts / Bronx (2017 - present)
Past Partner Agencies include:
Grand Street Settlement - Beacon Center / Manhattan's Lower East Side (2009 - 2012)
Grand Street Settlement - Bushwick Hylan Center / Brooklyn (2010)
The Youth Success Network / New Jersey (August 2014)
Encore / Brooklyn (2013 - 2015)
Simpson Street Development Association (SISDA) / Bronx (2014-15)
Harlem Center for Education / East Harlem (2015)
Harlem RBI / East Harlem (2015 - 2016)
Bronx Community Charter After School / North Bronx (2015)
McBurney YMCA/ Chelsea (2014 - 2016)
Immigration Social Services (ISS) / Chinatown (2013 - 2016)
Wediko Children's Services / Bronx (2015 - 2017)
Union Settlement with Rising Stars After School Program / East Harlem (2015 - 2018)
Past Schools include:
P.S 188 / Manhattan's Lower East Side (2013 - 2014)
Brooklyn's Endeavor Middle School / Brooklyn (2014 - 2015)
P.S 171 Patrick Henry / East Harlem (2015)
116 Rafael Hernandez School / Bronx (2014)
Harlem RBI's Community Space / East Harlem (2015)
P.S 33 / Chelsea (2014 - 2017)
P.S 142 / Lower East Side (2017)
Washington Houses Community center / East Harlem (2015 - 2018)
M.S 363 / Bronx (2015 - 2017)
P.S 130 / Chinatown (2016)
Bronx Community Charter School / North Bronx (2015 - 2017)