The Gabriella Foundation, a nonprofit organization, was established in 1999 in memory of Gabriella Axelrad, a thirteen-year-old who loved to dance. The organization’s mission is to transform the lives of underserved youth in Los Angeles through high-quality dance instruction.
The Gabriella Foundation’s original program, everybody dance!, began as an after-school program in 2000 in an affordable housing project near downtown Los Angeles. Today, the program serves 2400 students, ages 4-21, and is the leading provider of high-quality, low-cost dance instruction in the city’s impacted, underserved communities.
everybody dance! was one of 2014's recipients of the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award, the Nation’s highest honor for out-of-school arts and humanities programs that celebrate the creativity of America’s young people, particularly those from underserved communities. This award recognizes and supports excellence in programs that open new pathways to learning, self-discovery, and achievement. Each year, the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards recognize 12 outstanding programs in the United States, from a wide range of urban and rural settings.