Who Are We?
Dancing Dreams is a 501(c)3 nonprofit with a three fold mission:
- to provide dance classes and performance opportunities for children ages 3-21 with medical or physical challenges
- to enhance leadership skills and self esteem of teens ages 13-18
- to provide community outreach and education in the area of disability awareness and tolerance
Classes are held weekly in our three locations in Bayside (Queens), Upper East Side (Manhattan), and Plainview (Long Island). They are designed to allow our dancers to experience the joy of dance regardless of their physical ability. The year ends with an Annual Performance, an onstage celebration of the achievements of our students.
Teen volunteer “Helpers” are enrolled in the Dancing Dreams Leadership Program. Helpers attend workshops to enhance leadership skills and are paired with a dancer whom they assist at weekly classes and performances.
Through community outreach, especially to elementary school children, we aim to increase awareness of and tolerance for those with physical challenges.