Our Program

About Everybody Dance!

Everybody Dance! provides high-quality in-school and after-school dance classes to low-income children and youth from preschool through high school, at little or no cost. Along with the benefits of dance, such as discipline, focus, and physical awareness, Everybody Dance! provides a safe haven to build positive friendships in a goal oriented-environment that encourages youth achievement outcomes.

Registration for our September 2020 to June 2021 Dance Season is now closed.

If you are a new student and would like to enroll in Everybody Dance! in the future, complete an application HERE!

Everybody Dance! In-School

Everybody Dance! in-school uses dance as a tool for learning, where Teaching Artists bring standards-based curriculum to life in high-energy classes for K to 12 students. Students experience creative and physical expression while Teaching Artists teach rigorous dance technique that relates to the elements of dance. Teaching Artists work with academic instructors to provide integration lessons where class academics are explored through dance: Imagine kindergarten students making the sounds and shapes of the alphabet with their bodies, or 4th graders choreographing a dance to show how food is digested, or 8th graders exploring social studies through the history of hip-hop dance in America. These innovative mixtures of mental and physical education give students an alternative to traditional schooling and create a new way to retain, and even enjoy, academic classroom lessons and themes. Each semester ends in a student performance showcasing the vocabulary, concepts and movements learned throughout the residency. Residencies are tailored to meet the needs of each school site.

In THIS video, you will hear from our Everybody Dance! after-school students who also take dance with us during the school day – experiencing the full benefits dance offers in both academic and dance classroom settings.

For more information about bringing Everybody Dance! to your school, please click HERE.

Everybody Dance! After-School

Everybody Dance! after-school focuses on the technical mastery of dance in a studio setting. Students are encouraged to study multiple forms of dance – ballet, pointe, jazz, modern, tap, hip-hop, breaking – with leveled training and annual assessments that allow them to advance in accordance with their technical mastery. All students are given the opportunity see professional dance performances, take master classes with professional dance partners, and participate in annual performances at the Ricardo Montalban Theatre in Hollywood. Students with pre-professional goals are additionally offered the chance to audition for a youth company and ballet conservatory program. As students prepare to transition into post-high school college and career, we offer enrichment opportunities to pave the way, including mentorship, teaching assistantships, student leadership, and the chance to present their own choreographic works.

We hire professional dance instructors whose passion for dance resonates with and engages students. Described by the LA Times as “some of the best children’s dance instructors in the world,” our Teaching Artists inspire students to achieve their very best in the dance studio, teaching beyond technique by imparting life skills and instilling in our students confidence, creativity, community, and commitment. To apply to the Everybody Dance After-School Program, please click HERE.

Everybody Dance! Camp

Everybody Dance! Camp is an annual week-long summer day camp experience for youth ages 4 to 12.  Each camp session runs one week in July and is offered at our Koreatown/MacArthur Park location and in our newest location in the Fashion District south of Downtown Los Angeles. 100% of Everybody Dance! Camp students come from underserved, low-income communities and are offered camp at a reduced rate. For more information, click HERE.

Why Our Approach Works

Everybody Dance!’s most salient characteristics – culture, community and consistency – play an integral role in moving us toward fulfilling our Mission:

  • Culture of high expectations and performance: Our dance instructors have high expectations for themselves and students, providing them with new opportunities that stretch and challenge them. Students must arrive on time, be suitably attired for dance, and master requisite skills before advancing to higher levels. Instilling this discipline gives students a standard to hold themselves to that gives them a well-earned sense of accomplishment.

  • Emphasis on parental involvement to help build a culture of community: Families contribute 15 service hours annually. In 2018-19, 92% of parents completed their service hours, contributing over 7,200 volunteer hours to every part of the program. Quarterly parent meetings include a topic of discussion and time where parents can provide input into the program. We find this input invaluable to our vision of transforming the lives of present and future students.

  • Sequential, consistent, long-term dance training: More than half of after-school students, ages 8 to 19, study two or more dance forms and dance five or more hours per week. On average, students in the after-school program stay with us for 7+ years. The opportunity to continue to participate in Everybody Dance! throughout their schooling allows students to embrace the skills they’ve cultivated from dance and apply them to every day life like it’s second nature.

Program Sponsors

Everybody Dance Camp

Everybody Dance Camp is an annual summer day camp experience for youth ages 6 to 11.  Each camp session is one or two weeks in July, and is offered in the both our Koreatown/MacArthur Park location and in our newest location in the Fashion District in downtown Los Angeles.  100% of Everybody Dance Camp students come from underserved low-income communities and are offered a reduced cost for camp.


Program Partners

We gratefully acknowledge Everybody Dance! school partner sites, program partners, and performing arts organizations who make it possible for our students to experience dance in, and beyond, the classroom through in/after-school dance classes, master classes, special workshops, field trips, and more. Our work would not be possible without their time and generosity!

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The best dance education program I have ever encountered…As I traveled through the many studios, I immediately noticed the way children stood, confidently in space. There was this incredible sense of equality and confidence, no one hiding in a corner, or pushing their way forward. These children of all different backgrounds seemed wonderfully comfortable in their skin.

- Benjamin Millepied, Artistic Director, LA Dance Project -
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