Dance Canvas, Inc. is a non-profit, 501 (c) 3 organization, incorporated in the City of Atlanta in 2008 with a mission to provide opportunities and venues to increase the awareness of professional dance in Atlanta.
With the vision of diversifying the artistic voices being presented in professional dance, growing opportunities for artists in the region, and attracting new audiences, Dance Canvas successfully accomplishes our mission through three program areas of service: Choreographer Career Development, Youth Outreach/Leadership, and Community Engagement.
Since 2008, Dance Canvas has been an integral part of developing artistic opportunities for dancers in metro Atlanta. Through our Choreographer Career Development Initiative, we have provided employment, resources and presented over 100 new works by 126 emerging professional choreographers. We have featured over 300 professional dancers and performed for over 20,000 Atlanta audiences.
Our youth programs invest in the next generation, through an integrated curriculum of dance training & leadership development. The program is a springboard for students to learn skills in the business, production & creative aspects of the industry. Our DC NEXT program offers dance technique, choreography, and arts administrative classes to high school & college students. We have provided youth programs for the City of Atlanta's Centers of Hope, through the Department of Recreation. Our program provides weekly dance education to 150+ students at Atlanta Recreation Centers. We’ve partnered with the Lion King National Tour, Rockettes & other world-renowned companies to provide master classes & tickets for outreach. Over the past 13 years, we have worked hands-on with 10,000+ Atlanta area students. We have provided dance curricula for the Tupac Amaru Shakur Foundation and Usher’s New Look Foundation. We were selected by City of Atlanta’s Office of Cultural Affairs to design and administer the dance component of their “Culture Club” after-school program for students, ages 7-12yrs, as well as their ARTSCooL employment program for teens.
Photo credits Richard Calmes