Moving Forward Campaign: News & Events

May 2015: We’ve raised $93,000 of the $300,000 left to raise towards construction costs!

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March 2015: Only $300,000 left to raise towards construction costs!

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We’ve successfully raised over $4 million towards our wonderful renovations! Now we’re pleased to announce that we only have $300,000 left to raise in order to pay off our construction costs.

There are only 9 theater chairs left to dedicate, so if you’d like to name your space – this is the last time they will be available. Help us meet our goal!

The new building is a dream come true and the realization of our 28 years as a cultural anchor in our Brookland/Edgewood neighborhood. If you haven’t yet visited our theater, classes or other activities, don’t delay. Come enjoy our flourishing community with new restaurants, arts studios, bike path and apartment.

September 2014: Grand Re-Opening Celebrations!

Read a recap of our Grand Re-Opening events here.

January 2014: Construction Progress Photos

Check out photos of construction on our Facebook page!


September/October 2013: Demolition Underway

Demolition has begun! The great team at Bognet Construction has started knocking down interior walls and prepping Dance Place for the construction phase. The space is almost back to it’s original state as a large open warehouse that we purchased 27 years ago! Check out photos here.

In case you missed it, follow Owners Representative Richard Pilkinton on a walk through of the space as demolition begins in this video!

August 2013: Construction Begins

The moment has finally arrived – Dance Place’s major renovations begin this Monday, August 19! We’ll be improving our lobby, expanding the backstage areas, updating our theater equipment and theater chairs, adding a new studio, giving our office spaces a much needed facelift – and more! Follow our progress on our website and save the date for our Grand Opening in late Spring 2014.

Have you seen the photos from our move out over the last week? Click to see more!

While under construction, we’re continuing our full program of classes for kids and adults right here on 8th Street NE, at DP2 in the Brookland Artspace Lofts (right next door to Dance Place) and The Edgewood Arts Building on the corner of 8th Street NE and Monroe Street NE. Check out the Fall class schedules online for start dates and specific locations for each class!

We hope you’ll join us for performances in other theaters from September 2013 – January 2014: Latin Sizzle, City Rhythms and Modern Moves at the Atlas Performing Arts Center and Kwanzaa Celebration at GW’s Betts Theater. Additionally, check out our Art on 8th series of free outdoor performances in Brookland.

Want to be part of the Moving Forward Campaign? Dedicate a new, comfy chair in the Dance Place Theater or a brick that will mark the entrance to our beautiful new building. These gifts demonstrate your loyalty and enthusiasm for our theater and community programs. Thank you for investing in our future!

In case you missed it, here’s superheroes Carla Perlo and Deborah Riley walking you through our renovation plans!

February 2013: Update on Fall 2013 Construction & Programming

We’re pleased to announce that we’ve raised just over half of our $5 million goal of the Moving Forward Campaign and are in the final planning stages to begin construction this August!

As many of you know, Dance Place has launched a major initiative to renovate our facility and expand our programs to create a bright future for artists, students and audiences. Plans for Dance Place’s main space will include an improved lobby, spacious dressing rooms, comfortable seating and more. Our enhanced programs will include new free outdoor performances, commissions of new choreography and an increase in scholarships for students in need.

We’ll begin our renovations on August 15, 2013 after our season concludes and reopen on March 15, 2014, resuming weekly performances. Please help us spread the word!

But don’t worry! We’ll still be active during construction. During the time that we’re closed we’ll partner with other theatres to present four performances, City Rhythms September 27-29, Latin Rhythms November 22-24 and a Contemporary Festival in January at the Atlas Performing Arts Center, as well our annual Kwanzaa Celebration at the GWU Marvin Center. We’ll also expand our reach into the community with free performances and classes in our vibrant Brookland neighborhood.

Our classes, day-to-day operations and youth programs will continue as usual during construction in the Brookland Lofts and in other nearby spaces.

In the meantime we invite you to join us through August for performances and classes. Be sure to check out the rendering of our new building and floor plans.


January 2013: We’re halfway there!

With generous gifts from Dance Place supporters, we’ve reached the halfway mark of our campaign goal. With $2,551,750 raised to date we are on track to begin construction in August 2013.


December 2012: Polinger Family Foundation makes a $400,000 gift to Dance Place!

“Our support is an endorsement of the fine work that Carla and Dance Place provide for the dance community as well as for the neighborhood.” – Lorre Polinger, Trustee

We are thrilled to announce a gift from the Howard and Geraldine Polinger Family Foundation of $400,000 to support both the Dance Place Moving Forward Capital Campaign and general operations of our organization. In honor of their generous support, artists and audiences will enter the Howard and Geraldine Polinger Family Foundation Lobby when we open our renovated facility in March 2014.

The Polinger Family Foundation has been a long-time supporter of Dance Place, drawn to our unique ability to serve both adults and children with vibrant arts programming. They believe in Dance Place’s role in building the field of dance nationally through our prolific performance series. In addition to supporting our renovations, this multi-year gift will enhance Dance Place’s ongoing commissioning of new choreography, both locally and nationally in the coming seasons. This season Dance Place has partnered with the National Performance Network to commission two widely recognized artists: Lionel Popkin of University of California, Los Angeles dance faculty and Washington’s own Cassie Meador of Dance Exchange.

In addition, The Polinger Family Foundation recognizes the role Dance Place has played in the further development of our Brookland neighborhood. Our thriving arts campus has served as a cultural anchor for Ward 5 for decades. Dance Place’s creative programming is a catalyst for many initiatives that bring residents, nonprofits and businesses together beyond our campus, too. Last summer, we invigorated abandoned retail spaces with dance, music and art via the Artland/Brookland Temporium. We present programs year-round through outreach residencies in schools, community meetings and for over 26 years, our annual DanceAfrica, DC Festival in the heart of Brookland.

Our capacity to serve our community and advance artistic excellence is greatly enhanced by this generous gift. With the continuing support of all of our donors, large and small, Dance Place will remain a creative force that moves us all forward.


November 11, 2012: Yoga Party!

Longtime Dance Place supporters and experienced yoga instructors Marion Griffin and Maria Hamburger lead guests in an energizing Yoga session in support of the Moving Forward Campaign. Organized by Richard Pilkington, the event was by donation and widened the circle of supporters for the upcoming Dance Place renovations.


November 2012: Recent Grant Awards

Dance Place is honored to be a 2012-2013 recipient of 4 grant awards from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities for our education programs, festivals, strategic planning and capital campaign, totaling over $165,000. In addition, we are proud to announce a multi-year $400,000 grant from the Howard and Geraldine Polinger Family Foundation for our general operations and Moving Forward capital campaign. Thank you to these generous contributors, in addition to the other recent foundations, government agencies, corporations and individuals who are supporting our 32nd Season and our vision for the future!


June 12, 2012: Dance Place Receives NEA Our Town Grant

Washington, DC — The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) announces 80 Our Town grant awards totaling $4.995 million and reaching 44 states and the District of Columbia.Dance Place is one of the grantees selected from 317 applications and will receive $150,000 to support expanded community programming throughout Brookland, Washington, DC and the development of an Arts Plaza between Dance Place and the Brookland Artspace Lofts. Read more >>


May 3, 2012: Sneak Preview of Kyle Abraham/Abraham.In.Motion

Guests joined us at Dance Place for a presentation of the Moving Forward Campaign plans and performances by the Dance Place Step Team and Kyle Abraham/ At the reception that followed, guests mixed and mingled with the dancers and learned more about our plans for the future.

March 22, 2012: Sneak Preview of Nejla Y. Yatkin/NY2Dance

Guests joined us at Dance Place for a presentation of the Moving Forward Campaign plans and performances by Coyaba Dance Theater, Nejla Y. Yatkin/NY2Dance and REVISION dance collaborative. At the reception that followed, guests were treated to a traditional Turkish Tea sponsored by the Office of Turkish Culture and Tourism and hosted by Ms. Muge Karsili, host of the Turkish Cooking show Feast Delight, aired on PBS.


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