The mission of CityDance is to advance the art of professional dance performance and education in the Washington area by reaching out to the community, into the studio and onto the professional stage.
Presenting Today's Best Dance
In addition to bringing the highest caliber dance to local stages through the OnStage series, CityDance believes it’s critical to help students build a bridge to the professional world. The companies in OnStage participate in residencies at the school. Watch the video below to see Dance Theatre of Harlem in Residence. Photo by Takao Komaru/Dancer: K. Kimura/Company: Jessica Lang Dance, from the 2014-2015 OnStage series.Watch Video
Training Tomorrow's Professionals
CityDance School & Conservatory students work with professional artists from around the world and learn a wide range of genres, all of which is rooted in a strong Vaganova ballet base. Listen to CityDance Artistic Director Lorraine Spiegler discuss her curriculum and why Vaganova is such an essential element in the Ballet Video below. Photo by Theo Kossenas – Media 4 Artists.Watch Video!
CityDance reaches into the community, providing programming at over 25 sites across the DC-metro region, free performances to over 5,000 students each year; in-school and after-school programs to 500 students every week; and camps to over 400 students every summer. Check out the video below to see students from the flagship DREAM program dancing up a storm at their annual Washington Wizards halftime performance, coming up in March! Photo by Barbara L. Salisbury.Watch Video!
CityDance OnStage brings acclaimed international companies to the region’s most prestigious performance venues and supports talented, emerging choreographers to create and present original work.
School & Conservatory
CityDance School & Conservatory prepares young dancers for 21st century careers. It is founded on four pillars: superlative training; a diverse curriculum; experience with the professional world; and rich performance opportunities.
ReachDC is at the heart of CityDance’s vision for a thriving DC arts community, where every child, regardless of socio-economic status, has access to the benefits of an arts education and where world- class dance is available to all.