Invertigo Dance Theatre

Culver City, CA   |
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Invertigo Dance Theatre

EIN: 26-2085983


Invertigo Dance Theatre is an institution at the forefront of Los Angeles dance, connecting people to story and community through a blend of dynamic contemporary movement and compelling theatre.

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Artistic Director

Laura Karlin

Main address

11166 Lucerne Ave.

Culver City, CA 90230 USA

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Subject area info

Performing arts


Patient social services

Population served info

Children and youth




People with disabilities

NTEE code info

Dance (A62)

Performing Arts (A60)

Patient Services - Entertainment, Recreation (E86)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Invertigo aims to share the joy and benefits of dance through accessible, inclusive programming of the highest artistic quality.

Our programs

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


Founded in 2007, Invertigo Dance Theatre has performed over 40 original choreographic works in iconic venues including the Broad Stage, Descanso Gardens, and The Music Center.

Population(s) Served

Dancing Through Parkinson's (DTP) is a program designed specifically to aid people with Parkinson’s and other neurological conditions through a unique sequencing of different forms of dance and movement. Building hope, community, and well-being through the joy of dance, DTP is Invertigo’s longest standing community engagement program. DTP program participants report improvements in their physical stability, flexibility, overall balance, creativity, and well-being! Class participants collaborate on creative projects such as dance films, performances, and documentaries.

DTP sparks mental clarity and expanded joy, for moving in community is healing for these individuals, their friends, families, and care-partners. Founded in 2011, DTP welcomes a lively, loyal group of movers to weekly classes throughout Los Angeles and online via The Hub! —

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities

Invertigo’s youth education program empowers students through teamwork, creative thinking, fitness, and physical awareness. Invert/ED offers classes, residencies, lessons, and performance workshops to schools and community organizations.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Where we work

Our results

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Holding steady

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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Invertigo believes in finding joy, self-actualization and community connection through movement. Invertigo approaches each program and project through the LA community in which it is serving by understanding that a single community is not a monolith, but rather contains complexity and diversity within it.

Invertigo’s Statement of Equity & Inclusion — Invertigo Dance Theatre strives to create a community where all people enjoy the many benefits of dance and storytelling. We believe that this is only possible through the creation of programs, audience experiences, and work environments that are diverse, equitable, and anti-racist.

We recognize and understand that a history of disparities, bias, and injustice has created a societal landscape of inequality and exclusion. We seek to address these issues directly with an intersectional understanding of, and strong commitment to diversity, inclusion, and equity – both internally and throughout our community.

Invertigo continues to work towards reflecting our passion for creating community and connections by sharing important stories through the many faces, cultures, and walks of life that proudly make up our world.

A true community is one in which all people, of every gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, education, or ability, must feel welcomed, valued, and respected.

We encourage our staff, board members, volunteers, contractors, and partners to embrace the following principles intended to promote diversity and equity:
- Mutual Respect: We value and respect those persons, ideas, and experiences that are different from our own.

- Transparency: We have a responsibility to ourselves and our community to work towards mission and goals with honesty and transparency.

- Collaboration: We believe in creating space that welcomes and elevates a wide array of voices and talents.

- Accessibility: We believe that dance is for everyone: everybody and every body. We strive to make our programming available and accessible in a variety of ways.

- Creativity & Knowledge: Everyone has a story to tell, and we learn more about ourselves by listening to and learning from others. This cultivates and fosters creativity and helps Invertigo create works that reflect the ever-changing world around us and the new stories that are being shared every day.

- Intersectionality: We recognize that everyone carries multiple identities, and that there is a history and present reality of structural oppression and privilege within each person’s lived experience.

- Accountability: We strive to create mechanisms for constant evaluation and feedback, and an open atmosphere of communication that values impact over intention.

Invertigo Dance Theatre creates powerful and visceral dance experiences that connect with audiences throughout the country. We collaborate with a wide variety of choreographers, theatre companies, musical ensembles, social service agencies, education programs, and designers to create accessible, thought provoking cultural experiences. Our engagement programming promotes physical and artistic empowerment, while simultaneously making dance accessible for underserved communities, low-income students, and those living with Parkinson’s disease.

At Invertigo, we are continually committed to creating a community where people of all backgrounds can enjoy dance and storytelling. We believe that this is only possible through the creation of enriching environments that are diverse, inclusive, and equitable.

Invertigo’s collaborators, dancers, teaching artists, and staff cultivate public programs that celebrate dance as a transformational mode of storytelling and community-building. From full-length productions to community workshops, Invertigo has consistently utilized dance theatre as a catalyst for public engagement with and between a wide range of communities. Core programs include:

1) Dancing through Parkinson’s (DTP): Provides dance classes to persons living with Parkinson's Disease and other neurodegenerative, mobility, and aging-related conditions. DTP connects storytelling through dance with physical health, mental health, and joyful community connection. Classes, which are free for attendees, focus on movement that restores/promotes balance, flexibility, and empowerment. Since Jan. 2019, DTP has provided weekly classes (virtually during COVID), launched an online classroom to expand access, started a Spanish/English class, piloted a storytelling series and created a dance film with participants. As of January 2023, Invertigo maintains three weekly classes: The Electric Lodge (Venice), LA Start Dance Studio (Tarzana), and Casa 0101 Theatre (Boyle Heights).

2) Professional Dance Theatre: Invertigo is known for its highly athletic and playful main stage productions. In September 2019, Invertigo’s FORMULAE AND FAIRY TALES premiered at the Broad Stage. The 2020-2021 tour was postponed/canceled, but the company is excited to remount this work in North Carolina in Spring 2023.

3) Walk The Walk (WtW): Creates a brave, imaginative space for trans, gender non conforming, nonbinary, and intersex folks to collaborate. A series of panels, community workshops, performances, and printed zines, WtW launched in 2021 with funding from the City of Weho and will continue to evolve with support from CA Arts Council.

4) SOL: A multidisciplinary storytelling initiative that illuminates local environmental justice issues in a free in-person community gathering, art share, and discussion.

5) Invert/ED: after-school dance workshops for underserved youth in South LA and Culver City

Invertigo has directly engaged tens of thousands of people through programming, and has been seen or heard by millions through TV and online broadcasts, as well as national radio features. The performance programming has won multiple awards, including the 2016 Grand Prize Winner at the McCallum Theater Choreography Festival and the 2018 National Dance Project Production Grant.


Invertigo Dance Theatre
Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
Note: When component data are not available, the graph displays the total Revenue and/or Expense values.

Liquidity in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 41.22 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 5.2 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

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Average of 10% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

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Financial data

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Invertigo Dance Theatre

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of Invertigo Dance Theatre’s financial trends applies Nonprofit Finance Fund® analysis to data hosted by GuideStar. While it highlights the data that matter most, remember that context is key – numbers only tell part of any story.

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Profitability info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $39,828 -$29,536 $50,651 $42,952 $349,762
As % of expenses 13.0% -6.9% 10.4% 8.7% 86.3%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $35,562 -$29,973 $45,411 $37,624 $338,391
As % of expenses 11.5% -7.0% 9.2% 7.5% 81.3%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $321,632 $425,534 $537,336 $539,296 $776,450
Total revenue, % change over prior year -1.3% 32.3% 26.3% 0.4% 44.0%
Program services revenue 8.5% 9.6% 4.4% 1.4% 2.7%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Government grants 14.6% 16.1% 32.4% 53.9% 24.3%
All other grants and contributions 76.9% 74.2% 63.2% 44.6% 73.0%
Other revenue 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $305,996 $428,052 $486,685 $496,344 $405,088
Total expenses, % change over prior year -14.2% 39.9% 13.7% 2.0% -18.4%
Personnel 76.9% 72.2% 66.4% 67.3% 72.6%
Professional fees 1.7% 2.3% 9.0% 6.7% 6.2%
Occupancy 2.7% 3.7% 2.7% 6.4% 4.8%
Interest 0.1% 0.0% 0.0% 0.2% 0.0%
Pass-through 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.4%
All other expenses 18.6% 21.8% 21.9% 19.4% 16.0%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $310,262 $428,489 $491,925 $501,672 $416,459
One month of savings $25,500 $35,671 $40,557 $41,362 $33,757
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $80,945 $0
Fixed asset additions $26,200 $0 $0 $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $361,962 $464,160 $532,482 $623,979 $450,216

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 3.1 1.6 3.2 1.9 11.5
Months of cash and investments 3.1 1.6 3.2 1.9 11.5
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 3.7 1.8 3.2 3.8 15.0
Balance sheet composition info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cash $78,090 $56,853 $131,613 $77,462 $388,799
Investments $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Receivables $16,286 $35,446 $120,026 $108,422 $129,020
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $26,200 $26,200 $26,200 $27,966 $1,766
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 16.3% 17.9% 37.9% 54.6% 25.0%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 4.1% 26.5% 52.0% 28.1% 11.1%
Unrestricted net assets $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Temporarily restricted net assets $0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Total net assets $115,653 $85,680 $131,091 $168,715 $507,106

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

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Artistic Director

Laura Karlin

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

Invertigo Dance Theatre

Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

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Board of directors
as of 02/24/2023
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Board chair

Laura Karlin

Invertigo Dance Theatre

Linda Berghoff

American Diabetes Association

Fiona Karlin


Francine Ringold

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Carla Sparks

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Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 2/24/2023

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