Our multi-year partnerships with NYC public elementary schools provide dance instruction to students in PreK to 5th grade. We serve Title 1 schools lacking arts and physical education resources and whose student populations are nearly 100% multicultural.

Through dance education, children are able to build age-appropriate dance skills and confidence, learn to collaborate with their peers, and create an environment of structure and routine.

Partnerships in Literacy through Dance and Creativity

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Our unique dance-and-literacy program is integrated with students’ classroom curricula. Studies show that the program has a positive impact on our students’ math and English learning tests, school attendance rates, and positively reinforces their social and emotional skills.

The program includes:

  •  16 dance lessons with an MDD Teaching Artist
  • 5 professional development meetings with classroom teachers and educational paraprofessionals
  • A classroom teacher-facilitated dance journal writing program
  • An end-of-program sharing for parents and the school community

Professional Learning Program


Before our programs begin, our faculty participates in a teaching workshop series to enrich their dance, teaching, and analytical skills.

MDD’s Teaching Artist Trauma-Informed Teaching Workshop Series Fall 2018 included guest facilitators led by Mery Diaz: Susan Pope, Doreen Miranda, and Candance M. Crawford.