Positively influencing society through dance and other art forms

DANSE4NIA believes that dance and other art forms can positively influence our society.  Our teaching artists are highly trained educators and professionals in the field who hold advanced terminal degrees in dance, Pilates/Yoga certifications and Pennsylvania and New York State certifications to teach in private, public and charter school settings. Through our educational offerings, DANSE4NIA provides quality, conservatory dance and performance readiness training to the students that we serve.


Our programs are best suited for participants with or without prior experience from age 7 to adult.


We are committed to educating the next generation of artists and arts advocates so that they may, in turn, impart the value of dance and the performing arts to others.  Our educational residencies bring one to two teachers from DANSE4NIA to present custom-designed activities that are tailored to specifically meet the needs, interests and experience levels of each community.

Current Residencies: 


Imhotep Institute Charter High School

Past Residencies:

Faith In Action Performing Arts

Salem High School

Imhotep Institute Charter High School

Northwest Talent Center

Greene Street Friends School

George Washington Carver Engineering and Science

Sankofa Freedom Academy 

The Waldorf School 

Educational Workshops

Educational workshops are based on the various dance and musical theatre techniques offered by DANSE4NIA and include reinforcement of the etiquette and standards of the field of performing arts, audition/ performance readiness and performing arts history. 


Workshops offered are in Ballet (Vaganova), Horton Technique, West African Dance vocabularies, Hip-Hop, contemporary modern dance, musical theatre choreography, acting and vocal arts training are available.  A standard workshop begins with a center floor or ballet barre warm up, followed by adagio exercises, group combination, acting/ vocal arts exercises theory/ training and a mini lecture. 


Workshops are task-based creative sessions that give dancers opportunities to explore various techniques and an opportunity to work with highly trained, experienced and certified professionals. The sessions are enhanced by one-on-one interaction with the director and/or ensemble members with an opportunity to learn abbreviated combinations from the company’s repertoire. Collaborative workshops are also available to teach students how to fuse concert dance with the arts of spoken word, live music and “turntabilism”.

Master Classes

These classes are designed to share DANSE4NIA’s expertise and movement philosophy with pre-professional, professional and college level students. Lectures on dance training and preparing for a dance career are also available. expertise and movement philosophy with pre-professional, professional and college-level students. Classes in all aforementioned techniques, jazz dance, Dunham Technique and composition are available.

Lecture - Demonstrations

These educational events incorporate discussion, performance and audience participation to engage and create excitement and interest in the dance process.  Topics include “Horton and Beyond,” “Shades of Dance,” “African Americans in Ballet,” ‘Spoken Word & Dance,” and “Fusions of West African Dance & Hip-Hop.”


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