Dance is for Everyone! That is the rallying cry of Joy of Motion Dance Center, which embraces a wide range of dance (and dancers) from Middle Eastern to flamenco, hip hop to ballet, West African to tap. Students are first-timers and professionals, from 13 months to 90 years old. And for the dancers in Project Motion Community Outreach, all programs are free of charge: Motion Express brings free dance classes and professional concerts to over 400 children in eight partner schools in Northeast DC; Step Ahead provides 50 teens with a summer dance intensive that is also a job skills and career exploration opportunity; Seniors in Motion enriches the lives of older folks through gentle (yet upbeat!) dance classes at nine senior and wellness centers; scholarships ensure that all young dancers can advance their education through JOMDCs vibrant program. Reaching 60,000 individuals a year through classes, concerts, companies, partnerships, and outreach, JOMDC is dedicated to creating communities that dance and ensuring that dances many benefits and pleasures are accessible to all. Spread the joy.

Headquarters: DC-Ward 6

Where They Operate: DC-Ward 2; DC-Ward 3; DC-Ward 5; DC-Ward 6; DC-Ward 7; DC-Ward 8; MD-Montgomery County; Near Northeast; H Street Corridor; Friendship Heights; Bethesda

Age Groups Served: Pre-K (3-4); Youth (5-11); Pre-teen/teen (12-17); Young adult (18-24); Adult (25-49); Seniors (50+); All

Population(s) Served: All

Schools They Work In: Ludlow-Taylor Elementary School; J.O. Wilson Elementary School ; Wheatley Education Campus ; Washington Middle School-Girls ; Maury Elementary School ; Payne Elementary School ; Franklin Montessori School ; Beacon House Community Ministry ; City Arts + Prep PCS ; Friendship Public Charter School - Tech Prep Academy ; Dunbar High School ; Anacostia High School

  • Number of volunteers who work with your organization annually:   80
  • Number of need-based youth scholarships provided annually:   63
  • Number of original dance pieces in annual youth recital:   121
  • Number of students in Motion Express (free after-school program):   351
  • Number of free tickets provided for outreach concerts annually:   1065
  • Number of youth in Step Ahead (summer dance and job skills program):   50
  • Number of youth dance students served annually:   1383
  • Average number of drop-in adult dancers served monthly:   2763

Awards & Recognition

2010, 2012, 2015, 2016 - Washington CityPaper's Best of DC (top three)

2014 - Maryland Theatre Guide: Best Dance Education Program for Young Artists, 2nd Place

2013 - Metro DC Dance Award: Outstanding Youth Performance, Youth Dance Ensemble Company

2012 - Metro DC Dance Award: Outstanding Youth Performance, Alexandra Ballance

2009 - Metro DC Dance Award: Outstanding Achievement in Dance Education, YDE Director Helen L. Hayes

2009 - Mayor's Arts Award: Outstanding Contribution to Arts Education

2008 - Alan M. Kriegsman Award for service to the dance community: Executive Director Douglas Yeuell

2007 - Bethesda Magazine: Best Dance Studio for Kids

2006 - Metro DC Dance Award: Outstanding Youth Performance

2002 - Mayor's Arts Award: Excellence in Service to the Arts


Budget (FY2012)

  • $3 million or higher
  • The current budget for Joy of Motion Dance Center is: $1 million to $3 million
  • $500k to $1 million
  • Less than $500k

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