Center for Dance Education

Mission and Background

To expose mainstream and underserved youth to excellence in professional dance instruction and performance and to provide opportunities to develop student talent through accelerated training. In fulfilling this mission, the Center for Dance Education seeks to instill discipline, build confidence, and inspire a positive world view.

                                       Lead Corporate Sponsor: Travelers Companies

CENTER FOR DANCE EDUCATION is an umbrella of educational programs including:

  • Assembly Programs
  • Health & Wellness Initiative
  • Danbury Dance Initiative
  • Juvenile Justice Outreach Program
  • Share the Magic Student Performances
  • Accelerated Training Scholarships
All of the above services are provided as contracted services or tuition-free with the help of contributed corporate, foundation, or individual philanthropic dollars.

The following are outcomes we seek amongst all the youth we serve:

  • Building specific dance and drumming vocabulary skills
  • Encouraging greater self-confidence and creative expression
  • Increased cultural literacy through exposure to professional performances
Our educational programs were established in response to a perceived need for access to instructional opportunities in the target districts of Stamford, Norwalk, and Bridgeport. Since 1991, the geographic range of our programs has developed to include districts and institutions throughout the state of Connecticut. Toward that end, we have developed a strong network of community-based social service partners with whom we work to deliver educational programs throughout Connecticut.
We have conducted recent programs or residencies in the following schools:
  • Cedarhurst School, New Haven
  • Children's Center of Hamden
  • International School at Dundee, Greenwich & Julian Curtiss Elementary School, Greenwich
  • New Beginnings Academy, Bridgeport
  • Wequonnoc Magnet School, Taftville
Call 860-293-1039 or 203-964-1211 or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for further information.