Founded in 1980, Dance Place builds a community of artists, audiences and students through high quality performances, commissions, training and educational programs. We are committed to enriching the field of dance locally, nationally and internationally. Our thriving arts campus serves as an anchor in the development of our Brookland / Edgewood neighborhood in Washington, DC.

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Dance Presenter

Dance Place offers a year-round weekend dance performing series highlighting diverse artists in a variety of dance genres such as modern dance, African Dance, tap dance, performance art, hip-hop and spoken word. Our series supports companies in Washington, DC as well as throughout the United States and abroad.

Dance School

Dance Place’s school offers dance classes for adults in modern dance, African dance, hip-hop dance and other dance forms as well as dance classes for youth in creative movement, tumbling, tap dance, ballet and hip-hop. Dance Place offers work / study and internship programs that offer aspiring dancers an opportunity to take dance classes for free. Our Internship program trains the next generation of arts administrators, teachers, theater technicians and leaders while providing free dance instruction and housing.

Programs for Kids and Schools

Dance Place offers family-friendly performances, workshops, classes, school assembly programs and school performances at Dance Place and off-site in schools for kids, students, families and community organizations. The Energizers Afterschool Club, Energizers Junior Staff program and Energizers Creative Arts Camp are model programs utilizing creative education through the arts for positive self-development in youth living in urban communities.

Community Anchor

Dance Place has a commitment to serving the rich cultural diversity of our nation, city and immediate neighborhood through a wide variety of affordable and free programs. Our Art on 8th free outdoor programming provides performances, workshops and recreation throughout Brookland / Edgewood and at our 8th St Arts Park. Our work in creative placemaking has gained national attention and recognition. Dance Place works collaboratively with other non-profits, local businesses, artists and civic associations to assist in Brookland / Edgewood’s continued revitalization.