On Saturday July 18, Dancewave, in collaboration with Youth INC, hosted corporate volunteers from Alvarez & Marsal. Six A& M young professionals spent their Saturday helping Dancewave beautify their new space at 182 Fourth Avenue, alongside Dancewave staff, students and Board members.


The day started at Dancewave’s 45 4th Avenue studio, where the volunteers, staff and students helped sort, label and store a large inventory of dance wear that will be available for purchase at Dancewave’s end of summer block party on DeGraw ST on August 29th. The group then joined other volunteers at Dancewave 182 where they enjoyed delicious pizza, generously sponsored by Two Boots Pizza. The pizza party gave way to the second half of the day that included logo stencil application, wall & shelf painting, cleaning and decorating. The day ended with the exciting removal of the stencil and unveiling of the beautiful feature wall made possible by MrSignUSA and our entire volunteer team.

Dancewave acknowledges the efforts of Alvarez & Marsal volunteers: Scott, Brandon, Jeanette, Felix, Matt and Tony; Dancewave Company students: Kiara, Olivia, Anjelika & Saya; and Dancewave Staff. A special thank you goes out to Youth Inc Associate Directors, Brandon Espinosa and Lauren Elicks McCort (Dancewave’s Acting Board Chair), for providing this opportunity and coordinating the event. Dancewave still has a lot more to do for the move (January 2016).

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With DCA and DDC support, Dancewave is planning its first Capital Project, building a brand new community arts and culture center at 182 4th Avenue in Brooklyn. The new Dancewave Center will encompass 3,600 square feet — nearly three times the size of our current Center — and will act as a community hub offering dance training for all ages, affordable rehearsal space, community events, performances, professional development workshops and artist talks. The build out will feature two studios connected by a moveable wall that would allow for classes to occur simultaneously, and opens up to a performance space that can host 100 occupants.

The new Dancewave Center will allow us to expand current class offerings to meet demand, reduce reliance on outside studio rentals and create a new home that accommodates Dancewave’s growth and mission. Our goal is to develop a creative anchor that catalyzes economic investment and extends the BAM cultural district down Fourth Avenue. The project will increase the number of constituents served each year to well over 5,000 through increased classes and community performances, and serve 200 professional dancers by providing inexpensive performance and rehearsal space to the performing arts community. This project will serve the whole of NYC by providing affordable arts programming and cultural connectedness that strengthens the health and vibrancy of our


Since 2012, NYC has allocated a total of 2.4 million for our Capital Project, but delays in city planning coupled with additional costs (including LEED) to complete the project’s scope leaves us a million short of our goal. We continue to advocate to our local legislators and generous community members, and will make the New Dancewave Center a reality with your support!

Dancewave is blessed to be part of a wonderful, diverse community of families, businesses and non-profit partners, and we ask you to join us as we expand and strengthen our community ties and move into our new 182 4th Avenue home.

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