The mission of DanceMotion is to provide superior quality youth dance art that benefits and impacts the community and promotes the total development of all participants.
To be acknowledged by the community (dancer, families, donors, audiences), as the premier venue for dance education, performance excellence, and collaboration.
DanceMotion is one of the Valley’s premiere youth dance companies. Founded in 1987, DanceMotion was originally created to help provide opportunities for young dancers to train and excel beyond the recreational level of dance, and to share that talent with the community. Over the past 25 years the organization has grown and evolved, with an emphasis on both the total development of the dancers, as well as a commitment to providing high quality arts and education to the community. DanceMotion has over 100 current dancers, ages 7 though 19, and over 400 alumni. The dancers are an exceptional group, defined not only by their talent and love of dance, but by the joy they get from sharing their art with others and giving back to the community. DanceMotion produces three professionally-stage shows each year, with most being performed at the historic Orpheum Theatre in downtown Phoenix. Each of these performances serves a unique purpose and value to both the DanceMotion membership and the community. All of the performances allow the dancers to develop their skills by participating in high quality productions at professional level facilities, but that is just the foundation. The performances also serve as opportunities to perform for underprivileged children, raise funds for local youth-oriented charities and to work in coordination with other dance studios and youth organizations to provide performance and educational opportunities. One of the things that separates DanceMotion from other performing companies is our non-profit 501(c)3 status. This is a designation we take seriously, and is a cornerstone of our philosophy and operations. A significant portion of our programming and activities are dedicated to outreach performances and educational programs for underprivileged children. Each year DanceMotion teaches dance classes at underprivileged schools, produces a benefit dance concert with 100% of the proceeds going to a local youth-based charity, performs a free matinee performance for over 1,000 underprivileged children at the Orpheum Theatre, provides dance scholarships for those with financial needs, as well as many other activities. As with many non-profits, the money we bring in from our membership and ticket sales does not cover the cost of our operations. As a result, we are reliant on fundraising activities to continue funding our operations and providing services to the community. Your support of our fundraising activities is critical to our success, and to ensuring our ability to keep providing our community-based programs, scholarships, and the development of our members not only as dancers but as well rounded members of our community. To learn more about our performances, our community-based programs, or how to assist with fundraising, please follow the links below.
We are so very proud and honored to be the artistic directors of DanceMotion. So many wonderful dancers and their families have inspired and motivated us over the past quarter of a century. Our philosophy has never changed, simply put, we use the art of dance to help create good people. Our students who have grown up with DanceMotion and are now productive members of their communities are a testament to that philosophy. We would like to thank all those who have been a part of DanceMotion throughout the years and those who continue to help this wonderful organization keep the arts alive and mentor the youth of today.
Meri and Kevin Bender
DanceMotion, Artistic Directors