It's #GivingTuesday, and people around the world are giving back. So how can you? Check out how these organizations that are making a difference—one dance move at a time.


Movement Exchange

Movement Exchange is an organization that combines dance and service. With 21 chapters at universities across the U.S. and international exchanges in Panama and Brazil, Movement Exchange strives to strengthen community bonds and build confidence through dance. The organization runs dance classes for underserved communities and hosts an annual fundraising and dance awareness day organized differently by each individual chapter.

How to Get Involved: Donate today or, if you're in college, look to join (or start!) a chapter at your own university!

Dancewear Drive

Make use of the dance clothes you've outgrown or no longer want, and donate them to Dancewear Drive—an organization that takes gently used dancewear and gives it to students in need. Based out of L.A., the Dancewear Drive accepts donations from across the country with Dancer Delegates working nationwide to oversee collections in their own communities. All donations benefit dance organizations with special programs for students who could not attend dance classes on their own.

How to Get Involved: Visit collection sites in the L.A. area or send your dancewear here! If you're age 13 and up, you can even apply to become a delegate of the Dancewear Drive to start collecting in your own hometown.

Dizzy Feet Foundation

You may know the Dizzy Feet Foundation from its sponsorship of every dancer's fave holiday, National Dance Day. But Dizzy Feet does so much more. For 10 years, this organization has helped bring dance to underserved communities, providing classes and programs that otherwise would be impossible. The foundation gives grants to eligible organizations across the country. Through dance, Dizzy Feet works to improve lives and inspire a new generation of dancin' fiends.

How to Get Involved: Donate online today, or get involved during the next National Dance Day!

Dancing Dreams

Dancing Dreams is an organization that provides dance classes and performance opportunities for kids, teens, and young adults with physical disabilities. Operating under a mantra of everybody can dance, each class is modified depending on the needs of the dancers to ensure that each person can participate. The annual performance includes sets and costumes, giving the dancers a full-blown performance experience.

How to Get Involved: Volunteer with the Dancing Dreams Leadership Program for teens in the NYC or Long Island area and work weekly with students in classes. Help out with their annual performance as well!

Latest Posts


Nathan Sayers

From "Dance Moms" to Complexions: Ballerina Kaeli Ware's Unconventional Path to Success

Take one look at Kaeli Ware's Instagram page and you'll be captivated. The elegant, impossibly long-limbed ballet dancer has over 110 thousand followers hooked on her every polished move. But the 19-year-old phenom isn't just a social media sensation. Having already conquered the competition scene and the world of dance reality TV, Ware recently joined Complexions Contemporary Ballet as a trainee. These days, she splits her time between NYC and Philadelphia, PA, where she continues to beef up her classical training at The Rock School for Dance Education.

She's not a traditional bunhead, and she's not a run-of-the-mill social influencer, either. Instead, Ware is creating her own hybrid career path—and it's taking her to impressive places.

Keep Reading
Boston Ballet principal Seo Hye Han as Cinderella in Sir Frederick Ashton's Cinderella (Liza Voll, courtesy Boston Ballet)

5 Principal Dancers on the Ballet Steps That Still Challenge Them

Their technique might seem effortless onstage, but even the most seasoned ballet professionals have that one step that still drives them crazy. We asked five principal dancers to open up about the skills they still find challenging, and how they're working to finesse them.

Keep Reading

Dear Katie: How Important Are Private Dance Lessons?

In our "Dear Katie" series, Miami City Ballet soloist Kathryn Morgan answers your pressing dance questions. Have something you want to ask Katie? Email dearkatie@dancespirit.com for a chance to be featured!

Dear Katie,

Do I need private lessons? I'm a professional-track dancer, and my teachers say that I should start scheduling privates to advance more quickly. But they're so expensive. Will I make it if I stick to group classes?

Jenna

Keep Reading
contest
Enter the Cover Model Search