The mission of Dance Project of Washington Heights is to remove barriers to dance education and to build community through dance.
We believe the art of dance is transformative for individuals and communities. There should be no barriers to everyone experiencing the magic that dance holds, so we work to remove the barriers that do exist.
DPWH currently serves over 700 students of different ages, backgrounds, cultures, and socio-economic statuses. In addition, we make our space available to other dancers, choreographers and arts groups - furthering our reach beyond our direct student base. Here are some statistics regarding our student body:
55% of our students are low-income by NYC standards and at least 36% are considered extremely low-income
65% of our students identify as Latinx, and 45% identify as Black
335 students have returned from our previous semester, and 223 current students were also enrolled in our 2017/2018 year.
65 students have advanced to a level 2 of ballet instruction, and there are 31 students enrolled in ballet level 3
143 students take 2 classes per week, 35 are enrolled in 3 classes per week, and 10 students take 4 different classes per week
104 current students are boys