Arts, Culture, and Humanities


Dance is for Everyone

Washington, DC


Joy of Motion Dance Center “unites dance professionals, students, and audiences by providing exceptional education and performances that stimulate a universal love of dance." Our vision is a thriving, creative community that celebrates its diversity through dance. Our core values are personal growth, community, inclusion, and excellence.

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Interim Managing Director

Vanessa Rowan

Main Address

Joy of Motion | Friendship Heights 5207 Wisconsin Avenue NW

Washington, DC 20015 USA


dance, dance education, dance performance, youth development, community service, community engagement, performing arts





Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Dance (A62)

Arts Education/Schools (A25)

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Our programs

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Community Dance School

Motion Exchange

Dance Institute

Center Stage

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Our Results

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Total number of classes offered

Population(s) served


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Reflects Community Dance School (adult drop-in, adult series, youth classes), Dance Institute (Youth Dance Ensemble), and Performance Program (youth companies) as of October 1 of that year.

Number of students enrolled

Population(s) served

No target populations selected

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Reflects unique students enrolled across all Joy of Motion Dance Center in-studio programs during a 12-month period (Sept-August).

Number of free registrants to classes

Population(s) served

Children and youth (0-19 years),

Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people

Related program

Motion Exchange

Context notes

Reflects recipients of Youth Financial Aid enrolled in classes at Joy of Motion's studios and those in free programs at our DC school and community partners during that school year (Sept-June).

Number of organizational partners

Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Related program

Motion Exchange

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Reflects school and community partners for the given fiscal year (Sept-August), including DC public and charter schools.

Charting Impact

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What have and haven't they accomplished so far?

At our studios and community sites alike, personal growth and development are the priorities, more so than an immutable standard of achievement. We organize our programs into four “pillar" departments, each dedicated to a specific audience and set of outcomes: Community Dance School, Dance Institute, Motion Exchange, and Center Stage. At Joy of Motion, we believe that dance, and its rare capacity to engage the mind and body in concert, can transform lives -- and thus the study and performance of this art form should be open to those of all ages, abilities, means, and backgrounds. No child is turned away for inability to pay and, in 2016-17, nearly 150 young people from low-income households are receiving need-based financial aid, which covers all tuition costs in 74% of cases.

In 2016-18, Joy of Motion is implementing a 2-year Strategic Plan centered on the following:

- Improve the quality and consistency of all programming.
- Improve the quality of existing studio spaces and operations.
- Strengthen Joy of Motion's brand identity in an expanding market.
- Grow contributed revenues to support artistic, educational and outreach programs.
- Expand Joy of Motion's geographical reach in Greater Washington.

In regard to the 2016-18 Strategic Plan, our resources include:

- Five goals, 20 objectives, 72 action steps.
- 60 full- and part-time dance educators and choreographers.
- 14 Full-time arts professionals in dance programming, production, marketing, fundraising, community relations, and administration.
- $3.3 million annual budget.
- 11-member volunteer Board of Directors.
- 11 studios in 3 locations: H Street NE, Friendship Heights, Bethesda.

Our youth program models are aligned with the principles of positive and creative youth development, national dance standards, and citywide priorities. Our community programs in particular emphasize self-evaluations and focus groups to incorporate “youth voice and youth choice" into future program decisions. Quantitative tools include: pre- and post-evaluations of skill development, learning objectives, and outcomes; school and partner-administered assessments; citywide and nationwide data sources, including DCPS and DOES. Qualitative tools include instructor and student observation; one-on-one discussions and focus groups; culminating performances, sharings, and projects; parent and guardian feedback, as well as teacher and principal reports and feedback.

In 2015-16, Joy of Motion engaged: - 4,887 unique adult students through drop-in classes alone - 2,063 adult students through Intro to Dance, Social Dance, and Studio to Stage performance classes, among numerous specialized initiatives - 2,284 youth students through weekly classes and camps - 200 dedicated dancers through the Youth Dance Ensemble and Youth Performance Companies, including hip hop, ballet, jazz, and tap - Nearly 1,000 youth (Pre-K to Grade 12) through our in-school and after-school offerings, free concert series, DEA Dance programs, and Step Ahead youth development program - 7,955 audience members through concerts, events, and public performances In the last decade, Joy of Motion has recorded more than 800,000 student visits at our studios and reached more than 53,000 unique individuals. In 2015-16, we recorded 102,514 visits and 8,369 unique dancers, both youth and adult.

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Affiliations & Memberships

National Dance Education Organization

Association of Fundraising Professionals - Member

Dance USA




Fiscal year: Sep 01 - Aug 31

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Board Leadership Practices

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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?

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Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

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Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

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Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

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Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?

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