West Chester Dance Works

Reaching Communities Through Dance

aka WCDW   |   West Chester, PA   |  http://westchesterdanceworks.org/

Mission

West Chester Dance Works provides opportunities for the discovery and development of intergenerational dancers and the pursuit of excellence while giving back to reach, teach and enrich the artistic experience of our community.

Ruling year info

2002

Founder, Artistic and Executive Director

Diane Matthews

Board Chairman

Ms. Donna Hymes

Main address

315 Westtown Rd Ste 9

West Chester, PA 19382 USA

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EIN

30-0080438

NTEE code info

Dance (A62)

Arts Service Activities/Organizations (A90)

Performing Arts Schools (A6E)

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Our programs

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

Relevate Youth Dance Outreach, Old Fashioned Christmas Outreach performances, Dance Scholarships

West Chester Dance Works includes four performing companies, each with its own identity and audience: Signature/Training Company, D.M. Dance Machine, Junior Performers, Annointed Dance. In the development and training of the artists, we offer scholarships to those who would otherwise be unable to receive the many benefits of being a part of a dance organization. Our programs serve thousands of people per year including dancers and audiences.

RELEVATE YOUTH: How can we work together to overcome the obtrusive barriers to healthy and productive lifestyles that are threatening today’s youth? In partnership with local schools and community organizations, our “Relevate Youth” project seeks to address barriers in youth development while affirming and building feelings of self-worth through interactive dance programs.

SIGNATURE & TRAINING COMPANY: Signature and Training Company is a semi-professional modern dance company offering creative growth, performance experiences, lecture demonstrations, and residencies for artistic, cultural and educational outreach. The current focus for this group is helping our youth and communities overcome the obtrusive barriers to healthy and productive lifestyles through our “Relevate Youth” project.

DM DANCE MACHINE: Teamwork. Technique. Total performance.
Targeted for intermediate to advanced dancers aged 13 through 18, DM Dance Machine makes room on its team for every hard-working dancer looking to share their gifts in dance with audiences in a variety of theater and community-based settings. Our dance team combines technical strengthening in contemporary jazz and hip hop with team building, personal goals and performance enhancement.

JUNIOR PERFORMERS: Junior Performers is a performance group that gives children ages 9 through 12 an opportunity to dance in a professional atmosphere while expanding their performance experience. Annually, we continue to build this group of young dancers with those that have the desire to improve their performing skills and train in a more professional environment.

ANNOINTED DANCE MINISTRY: Adults who have a desire to praise the Lord through movement in a fellowship of Christian believers are welcome to join our spiritual performance group, Annointed. Members experience the joy of interpreting uplifting songs and sharing their talents and faith through community outreach in the name of Jesus Christ.

ANNOINTED TOO DANCE MINISTRY: Praising God through movement and music interpretation describes our youth dance ministry, Annointed Too. This ministry is open to anyone between the ages of 8 and 18 with the desire to praise the Lord through dance.

ARTIST IN RESIDENCE: Artist(s) teach the student body using examples of techniques as found in African American dance history in the United States including West African, Modern and Contemporary Dance with the purpose of exposing students to the culture, aesthetics and physicality of dance movement including African American contributions to music and dance. Members of West Chester Dance Works dance company and select student participants perform together in an assembly as a culmination of the residency.

ANNUAL HOLIDAY SHOW: Continuing a more than 30-year tradition, the company prepares an annual Christmas production in conjunction with “An Old-Fashioned Christmas In West Chester,” presented by the Greater West Chester Chamber of Commerce. It continues to provide as a festive December outing for all the young and young at heart. Dancers perform for their community at a local church every season, and then take the show on the road to nursing homes/senior centers, adult facilities, and schools.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Seniors
Children and youth
Older adults
Young adults

Where we work

Awards

Citation 2002

Borough of west Chester

3 E s Institute Educator 500 2005

West Chester University

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    Dancers serious about their craft and with the desire to serve the community are attracted to our mission. Membership is open to anyone nine years of age and older, amateur or professional, interested in participating after acceptance through the completion of an audition process. We serve thousands of people per year including dancers and audiences. We serve community members via performances at regional festivals, students in various school districts via educational outreach, and adults in nursing homes/senior centers via traveling performances. Each company focuses on bringing artistic enrichment to those who otherwise may not have the opportunity to experience it. Families with financial need are provided financial support for artistic enrichment through an application process.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Community meetings/Town halls, Suggestion box/email,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    We have expanded our artistic offerings after conducting paper surveys to members and audiences. People have suggested what we could do artistically, costume improvements, changes in programs.

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback,

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West Chester Dance Works

Board of directors
as of 04/26/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Ms. Donna Hymes

JD Environmental


Board co-chair

Mr. Rodney Matthews

Bryn Mawr College Multimedia Specialist

Term: 2005 -

Lavinia Toaltoan

Chester County Children's Services

Diane Matthews

Diane Matthews School of Dance Arts LLC

James Smith CPA

Non Profit Housing

Joel (Jay) Todd

Attorney

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 4/26/2022

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American/African
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American/African
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)

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Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

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Disability

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