The Dancing Dreams Leadership Program shaped me into the person I am today, the dancers give me the motivation to strive past the stars...and the courage to reach the impossible. I became a leader and discovered the importance of facing adversity boldly.Anna
It is simply amazing...to see that with a few dancers, Helpers, coordinators, and teachers, we can break down any barrier that comes our way. We are paving the future for children with disabilities and I am honored to be a part of it!Karishma
My dancer’s smiling face and indomitable spirit drew my attention away from my worries about her physical disability...Her fearlessness inspired me to be unafraid myself...I have learned to focus on her ability instead of worrying about her disability.Katherine
Together, my dancer and I learned that, even if she cannot move her arms and legs on her own, she can still dance!Imani
After not only seeing, but experiencing, the resilience of each and every dancer, I feel more confident in my own abilities and take on challenges with ease.Hannah
I feel empowered because I am able to help others, turn the dancers’ dreams into reality, and change their lives through my direct actions.Kristen
The Dancing Dreams Leadership Program is designed for highly-motivated, responsible, and passionate students between the ages of 13 and 18 who are willing to commit at least one hour of their time each week from September through May. These teen “Helpers” are paired one-on-one with a dancer with whom they work closely at weekly class and at an annual spring performance, thus helping turn our dancers’ dreams into reality. All Helpers are also required to attend semi-annual workshops that are designed to enhance teamwork, promote leadership skills, and facilitate critical thinking about their volunteer experience at Dancing Dreams. There are currently over 170 teen Helpers enrolled in the Leadership Program who come from many different high schools across NYC and Long Island. Contact our Volunteer Coordinator to apply
Even if you cannot commit to volunteering at weekly dance class, there are still many ways to get involved with Dancing Dreams! Spread awareness. Educate your community. Affect change.