KEANE SENSE OF RHYTHM INC

Tap that Grows Community

aka KSR, Keane   |   St Paul, MN   |  www.tapcompany.org

Mission

Preserve, present, create and expand the boundaries of American Tap Dance. We accomplish our mission through education, performing, presenting tap events, collaborating with other artists, and investing in youth.   Keane Sense of Rhythm is Tap that grows a community.

Ruling year info

2004

executive director

Ellen Keane

Artistic Director

Ms Cathy Keane Wind

Main address

102 Rose Avenue West c/o Ellen Keane

St Paul, MN 55117 USA

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EIN

41-1927373

NTEE code info

Performing Arts (A60)

Dance (A62)

Dance (A62)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Keane Sense of Rhythm board of directors has held a number of brainstorming meetings to establish our “Big Hairy Audacious Goal" for the next 10 years: To provide every child with high quality dance instruction, beginning with students in the St. Paul public schools.

After meeting with potential partners like personnel from the St. Paul Public Schools and the Wilder Foundation we have begun creating a new curriculum entitled “DrEAM" (Drop Everything And Move). This customizable program could quite possibly be the platform that starts us on the way to satisfying our goal.

We will submit a grant proposal in February to begin developing the DrEAM concept and designing pilot programs. Due to our recent growth of over 70% we will be in a position to ask for as much as $100,000 to begin the project. Exciting, right? We need a 10% match or $10,000 in order to be assured of satisfying the requirements for this grant. With your help that match is not out of our reach.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Keane Sense of Rhythm Classes

Keane Sense of Rhythm teaches historical and percussive tap dance to both The Youth Tap Ensemble (dancers ages 7 to 18, group sizes ranges from 20-30 members). These groups rehearse approximately 50-130 hours per year each. Approximately 20% of these dancers are on scholarship. They are encouraged to think on their feet and have respect for history as they become leaders and creators of the future. This has resulted in several of our Youth Tap Ensemble students winning scholarships to study at the Chicago Human Rhythm Project and they are now highly sought after as teachers and choreographers in the tap community. Our outreach program has remained consistent in two St Paul Public schools since 2014. We have developed a culture of learning positive self-expression, risk-taking, and respecting each other and our safe space. Performance is a regular and expected activity as well, both in school and in the community when possible. Our adult classes "Tappy Hour" are geared mainly to beginning adults, people who "always wanted to do that". Our drop-in classes focus on building calcium in our bones, working the brain as we problem-solve new ideas, and practicing balance especially as we age. Our classes are more experiential than performance-based. We offer a low-cost alternative through St Paul Community Education as well.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Seniors

Tap in the Schools

KSR has developed a comprehensive grade school program incorporating tap dance to enrich student’s after-school experiences. Designed for a semester or longer, the program can be brought into elementary and middle schools in any city across the country.
Our Program

We offer a high quality, arts enrichment program called “Body of Sound” or “Tap with Class.” While the subject of this kinetic learning is tap dance – the skills, technique, musicality and culture of this art form – the improvisational and collaborative nature of tap dance and tap culture also allow us to teach problem-solving skills, respect for diversity of voices and talents, how to accept leadership roles and how to share knowledge by teaching one’s peers. For many students, this is the first dance class they have ever taken.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth

National Tap Dance Day will feature performances by KSR’s Youth Tap Ensemble, as well as performances from students and dance studios around the metro.

This event is free to attend and typically hosts a capacity crowd comprised of student’s families and friends, dance lovers, and local area residents. We foster a welcoming environment and are always excited to host attendees as diverse as our performers!

Each year there are other performance opportunities, such as the Twin Cities Tap Festival, St. Paul Winter Carnival, Universal Dance Destiny, and others.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

We teach life skills and build community through tap dance. Our mission since 1997: Preserve, present, create and expand the boundaries of American Tap dance.

We accomplish our mission through education, creation of new works, performing, presenting tap events, collaborating with other artists and investing in talented youth.

Keane Sense of Rhythm's capabilities include 2 master tap educators, 1 journeyman tap educator, connections with dance educators and arts organizations throughout the Minneapolis-St.Paul metro area, a 10-year relationship with the St. Paul Public School district, an engaged board, and a network of over 1,100 supporters in our marketing database.

Each year, we teach between 500-1000 students in our outreach programs in under-served public schools. Our core classes (adult and youth tap ensemble) have grown steadily since 2010. We are working to expand and strengthen relationships with the public school districts, and to develop partnerships with other dance organizations. Our goal is to make high-quality dance classes available to all students in the Twin Cities metro, free of transportation and cost barriers. Areas that we are targeting for development, to reach this goal, include clear data on program impact (student confidence, creativity, hope, physical activity, educational engagement), organizational partnerships, communication, and board growth.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    We serve our retail classes, adults, and youth who pay for our programming. Community Ed classes for adults, so far we are in two cities; St Paul and Richfield. Youth in public schools with over 80% free and reduced lunch in St Paul. Our programing reaches children ages 8-18. 55+ adults

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees, Suggestion box/email,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time, It is hard to come up with good questions to ask people,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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KEANE SENSE OF RHYTHM INC

Board of directors
as of 11/04/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Dr. Dennis Anderson

Retired Pediatric Ophthalmologist. Experience serving on numerous clinic and hospital committees during his 28-year tenure.

Term: 2018 - 2023

Cathy Keane Wind

Keane Sense of Rhythm

Ellen Keane

Keane Sense of Rhythm

Darcel Hill

Freedom Schools

Shonni Krengel

AmeriCorps Volunteer In Service to America (VISTA)

Alisa Doan

Kellog

Sara Schreier

educator

Beth Monsrud

CFO of UCare Minnesota

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 11/2/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, or other sexual orientations in the LGBTQIA+ community
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

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Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 11/02/2021

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.