Dancewave is a Brooklyn-based dance education organization with approximately 4000 youth and adult dancers.[1] Founded in 1995 by Diane Jacobowitz, it offers both merit-based and need-based scholarship funding.[2]


In 1995, Dancewave's founder Diane Jacobowitz, began hosting the Kids Cafe Festival.[3] The festival produced works by and for children. As the Kids Cafe Festival grew in popularity, a youth dance company was established in 2001.[4][5]

The Dancewave CenterEdit

In September 2017, Dancewave broke ground on its new location at 182 4th avenue, Brooklyn, NY. Scheduled to open in 2019, the new 3,600 nearly tripling Dancewave's current size.

The $5.2 million project has received $4.8 million from New York City Council, the Mayor's Office through the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs (DCLA), and the Brooklyn Borough President's Office.[6] The Studio Joseph's architectural design converts the current industrial space into a LEED-certified arts facility, with two dance studios that open to a performance space with the capacity for 100 occupants.

Dancewave SchoolEdit

Dancewave offers year-round dance programming for youth and adults in a wide range of techniques and genres including Creative Movement, Ballet, Modern, Hip Hop, Barre Vida, Broadway Stars, Contemporary Jazz, and Zumba.

Dancewave Company ProgramEdit

The pre-professional Dancewave Company provides opportunities for young dancers, ages 7–18,[7] to work with internationally acclaimed artists such as Paul Taylor, Twyla Tharp,[8] Bill T. Jones, Garth Fagan, Mark Morris, Lar Lubovitch, and more. The Dancewave Company has been featured on PBS and the Jimmy Fallon Show and has numerous performance accolades including the Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, and the 2010 Aberdeen International Youth Festival in Scotland.[9]

In 2012 Dancewave launched Dancing Through College and Beyond, a free career and college readiness event for high school students offering classes, panels, auditions and scholarships.


  1. ^ Cooper, Caryn (August 14, 2017). "BWW Featured Dance Studio: DANCEWAVE". Broadway World. Archived from the original on 2018-03-22.
  2. ^ "The New Wave of Dancewave". Park Slope Reader. September 20, 2010. Archived from the original on 2015-09-21.
  3. ^ Stern, Carrie (August 15, 2008). "Spotlight Studio: Reaching for New Heights". Dance Teacher. Archived from the original on 2018-03-22.
  4. ^ White, Karen (August 15, 2008). "Teaching Creativity". Dance Teacher. Archived from the original on 2018-03-22.
  5. ^ Avery, Susan (2006). "Growing by Leaps and Bounds". New York Magazine. Archived from the original on 2008-08-30.
  6. ^ Albrecht, Leslie (August 25, 2015). "Park Slope Dance Group to Triple in Size With New Fourth Avenue Facility". DNA Info. Archived from the original on 2017-11-17.
  7. ^ Kourlas, Gia (August 14, 2011). "Hip-Hop, Folk and Karate Through a Strainer on a Hot Afternoon". The New York Times. Archived from the original on 2018-03-22.
  8. ^ Graeber, Laurel (January 19, 2001). "FAMILY FARE; Scissors, Paper, Theater". The New York Times. Archived from the original on 2015-05-27.
  9. ^ Shiffrin, Barry (December 22, 2009). "Help send these dancers to Scotland". Brooklyn Paper. Archived from the original on 2017-06-21.

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