Dimensions Dance Theater

For General Support

  • Amount
    $135,000
  • Program
  • Date Awarded
    11/17/2008
  • Term
    36 Months
  • Type of Support
    General Support/Organization
Overview
Founded in 1972 by artistic director Deborah B. Vaughan, Dimensions Dance Theater (Oakland, CA) presents traditional African dances and contemporary choreography drawn from African, jazz, and modern dance idioms. Dimensions’ Rites of Passage program (created in 1995) provides dance instruction to 900 students in Oakland public schools and a further 150 students attend after-school classes at the organization’s downtown dance studio. Beyond imparting formal dance technique, the company engages youth in the development of original works of choreography that address issues of concern to their lives including teen-pregnancy and peaceful conflict resolution. Dimensions successfully generates earned and contributed income to sustain its $340,000 annual budget and maintains a healthy balance sheet despite great volatility in funding from the City of Oakland. With renewed support from the Hewlett Foundation will continue to present 45 public performances each year and increase opportunities for youth of color in low-income communities of the East Bay to learn how to dance by partnering with more local schools. (Renewal, $120,000/3; 11%)
About the Grantee
Address
1428 Alice Street, Suite 308, Oakland, CA, 94612-4004, United States
Grants to this Grantee
for general operating support  
Dimensions Dance Theater’s public performances featuring African, jazz, and modern dance forms reach more than 7,500 people each year. In addition, its Rites of Passage program provides dance instruction to 900 students in Oakland public schools; 150 students attend after-school classes at the organization’s downtown dance studio. Beyond imparting formal dance technique, the company engages youth in developing original works of choreography that address issues in their lives, including teen pregnancy and conflict resolution.
for general operating support  
Dimensions Dance Theater is dedicated to teaching and presenting traditional dances and contemporary choreography informed from African, jazz, and modern dance. Each year, the organization’s dance company provides more than 25 performances to 4,800 audience members. It also serves 3,500 students in and out of school settings, through both educational presentations and long-term movement and dance training that is rooted in African traditions. This grant to Dimensions Dance Theater supports the Performing Arts Program’s Communities strategy.

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