Arts, Culture, and Humanities

The Dance Foundation

  • Birmingham, AL
  • www.thedancefoundation.org

Mission Statement

To teach the art of dance to all, inspiring creativity and confidence.

Main Programs

  1. Community Partnership Program
  2. Studio Program
  3. Studio Use Program
Service Areas

Self-reported

Alabama

Ongoing, year-round programs occur in the Metro Birmingham, Alabama community;  school touring program reaches schools throughout the State of Alabama as well as  neighboring states.

ruling year

1981

Principal Officer

Self-reported

Ms. Diane L. Litsey

Artistic Director since 2014

Self-reported

Ms. Heidi Stoeckley

Keywords

Self-reported

dance, education, creative, community-based, artists

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Also Known As

The Dance Foundation

EIN

63-0744601

 Number

5381228134

Physical Address

1715 27th Court S

Birmingham, 35209

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Dance (A62)

Single Organization Support (B11)

Arts Education/Schools (A25)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

Self-reported by organization

Our dance classes and performances inspire all involved – the growing toddler, the child who is homeless, disadvantaged or at-risk, the child who has special needs, and the inquisitive teen. What began in 1975 as a new approach to teaching dance to young children of all abilities and circumstances has flourished into something extraordinary. The Dance Foundation is an organization now serving more than 2,000 students each week through our Community Partnership Program and Studio Program. The Dance Foundation is also home to dozens of artists and arts organizations for classes, workshops, rehearsals and performances with our Studio Use Program for Community Artists. Programs are provided by professional teaching artists virtually every day, year-round. Less than 10% of our budget is for management and administration.

Programs

Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Community Partnership Program

Extensive and inclusive ongoing movement and dance classes at 20-30 sites each week in community at social service agencies, child development centers and schools. Classes are taught by a dance teacher and a musician, allowing for creative and flexible lesson plans to best teach young children and those with special needs and challenges. Classes meet each week and work in tandem with developmental goals and classroom curricula.

Category

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Disabled, General or Disability Unspecified

Budget

$235,000.00

Program 2

Studio Program

Classes for toddlers to teens to adults; classes include creative movement for young children with live accompaniment, ballet, modern, jazz, tap, creative drama and acting. This is a tuition-based program with tuition assistance for students in need of support.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Adults

None

Budget

Program 3

Studio Use Program

Our Studio Use Program provides professional, welcoming work space for artists and organizations to use for their classes, workshops, master classes and performances. User fees are kept low to support local artists and encourage their programs which compliment CDF's work. One studio is also a 99-seat black-box theatre, which hosts performances and special events.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

Adults

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

None

Budget

Charting Impact

Self-reported by organization

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    Our goals are to inspire students of all ages, abilities and circumstances through dance. Each student is given the opportunity to explore and grow as an artist, developing creativity, confidence, and a host of skills for life.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    We teach dance in our studios and in community settings each day, year-round. Classes are age and developmentally- appropriate, and are provided by teaching artists with education, training, and passion for teaching.

    Our strategy lies in our mission, philosophy, and people who share dance with our students. It is one of welcome, inclusion, creativity, exploration, growth, and joy of accomplishment.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    Not available.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    Not available.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    Not available.
Service Areas

Self-reported

Alabama

Ongoing, year-round programs occur in the Metro Birmingham, Alabama community;  school touring program reaches schools throughout the State of Alabama as well as  neighboring states.

Social Media

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Funding Needs

Contributions and grants are needed for direct services, artistic and leadership staff development, as well as facility costs and general operating to support core staff to perpetuate mission.

Accreditations


Since 2015

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Financials

Financial information is an important part of gauging the short- and long-term health of the organization.

Children's Dance Foundation
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

The Dance Foundation

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Ms. Diane L. Litsey

Artistic Director

Ms. Heidi Stoeckley

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"The word “foundation” is in our name because our founders --
and all of us who carry on their legacy – believe that dance is a foundation for
life and for learning. Dance is engaging
and joyful, and The Dance Foundation invites students of all ages and abilities to join in the experience. Dance is a powerful way to learn and connect,
to grow and celebrate. We have the
profound pleasure of seeing our mission in motion each day with the children
and adults we serve – in our studios, with our community partners, in schools
throughout Alabama. It is a gift to see in action how dance and all
the arts can inform and transform learning. It can be breathtaking, and you are encouraged to see it in person –
please contact us!

Diane Litsey"

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr. Charles Ball

Regional Planning Commission of Greater Birmingham

Term: July 2015 -

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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Yes

BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

No

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?