CityDance, Inc. is a 13 year old not-for-profit dedicated to bringing dance arts to children, young people and their families. Through outreach education, scholarships, and performance opportunities, CityDance, Inc. serves as a conduit of art and culture for the purpose of personal empowerment and community enrichment.
CityDance, Inc. has long standing relationship with the Atlanta arts community. Over the last decade, the organization has conducted a series of dance workshops and performances for the Fulton County School Arts Program. In 2005 and 2007, CityDance, Inc. presented MOVING FORWARD, a dance festival for Gulf Coast Relief, that according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution “unit[ed] the ATL’s most respected dance companies on the same stage for the first time”. The dance festival brought together 9 of the city’s distinguished dance companies and was acknowledged by the Creative Loafing Newspaper as Best of Atlanta 2006.
Through the years, CityDance Ensemble, our community dance company has been featured at the Partnership Walk Kick-off in Centennial Park, the Sandy Springs Festival, Dogwood Festival, The Martin Luther King Jr. celebration at Turner Field hosted by the Hosea Williams Foundation, and has appeared onstage at the Alliance Theatre in the Woodruff Arts Center, The Ferst Center and the Rialto Center for the Arts at Georgia State.
In the past, this program was honored to receive support from the Georgia Council for the Arts (GCA) and the Fulton County Arts Council.
As the non-profit partner of Atlanta Dance and Music Academy (formerly Studio Dionne), CityDance, Inc. has awarded numerous scholarships to support pre-professional dance scholars on their journeys to realizing their fullest potential. For committed students whose families would not be able to participate otherwise, our financial aid covers tuition costs and dancewear, as well as fees associated with performances, summer intensives, auditions and high school-to-college transition costs.
In the last 5 years, students supported by our initiatives have performed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (The Met) in New York City, toured with Disney’s the Lion King and received full scholarships to respected university dance departments. Through dedicated one-on-one coaching and advocacy, our students have been accepted to the following summer intensives, including: Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, Alonzo King Lines Ballet, American Ballet Theatre (Alabama and California) and the Boston Ballet Summer Dance Program.
For Atlanta’s pre-professional dance artists, we offer work-study opportunities in arts administration.
In addition to our gracious individual donors and volunteers, this programming is supported by the City of Atlanta Office of Cultural Affairs.