Dancing with Class™ is honored to work with the following organizations, who each strive to bring joy and knowledge to our youth.
The CPS Department of Arts Education sets the standards for an equitable and accessible arts education in all four art forms (Dance, Drama, Music, and Visual Art) for all students across the district by consulting, training, and strategically planning with teachers, administrators, and schools.
LearnWELL is an initiative of Healthy CPS, led by the Office of Student Health and Wellness at Chicago Public Schools (CPS). The mission of the Office of Student Health and Wellness at CPs is to remove health-related barriers to learning for all CPS students. Our vision is to create a Healthy CPS that serves as a national benchmark for students health and wellness.
The Chicago Public Schools (CPS) manages the largest community schools system in the nation, known as the Community Schools Initiative (CSI). Awarded by the Coalition for Community Schools in 2006 with the Community Schools National Award for Excellence, CSI has launched more than 175 schools in partnership with nearly 50 lead non-profit organizations that serve as hubs of their communities to meet students' and families' academic and non-academic needs to develop educated citizens and strengthen local neighborhoods.
The YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago is the nation's leading nonprofit committed to strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. The Y makes accessible the support and opportunities that empower people and communities to learn, grow and thrive. With a focus on youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, the Y nurtures the potential of every youth and teen, improves the nation's health and well-being and provides opportunities to give back and support neighbors.
The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) is dedicated to enriching Chicago's artistic vitality and cultural vibrancy. This includes fostering the development of Chicago's non-profit arts sector, independent working artists and for-profit arts businesses; providing a framework to guide the City's future cultural and economic growth, via the 2012 Chicago Cultural Plan; marketing the City's cultural assets to a worldwide audience; and presenting high-quality, free and affordable cultural programs for residents and visitors.
Founded in 1934, the Chicago Park District is one of the largest municipal park managers in the nation and owner of more than 8,100 acres of green space. Each year, the Chicago Park District's Board of Commissioners, general superintendent and CEO, and nearly 3,000 dedicated employees work together to deliver thousands of special events as well as cultural, environmental, and recreational programs in our citywide parks.
Roosevelt University is an independent, non-profit, metropolitan university with two distinct campuses located in downtown Chicago and suburban Schaumburg, Illinois. DwC is currently partnering with Roosevelt's psychology department on a study of the Social Emotional benefits of structured social dance training for youth.
Metropolitan Family Services empowers families to learn, to earn, to heal, to thrive. Part mentor, part motivator, part advocate, since 1857 Metropolitan Family Services has been the engine of change that empowers Chicago-area families to reach their greatest potential and positively impact their communities.
Family Focus has seven centers throughout the Chicago area. These centers are models for family support programs throughout the nation. At these centers, parents, children, and teens get support and connect with their neighbors. All families can participate in Family Focus programs, regardless of ability to pay.
Children's Home + Aid helps children and families overcome the overwhelming obstacles of poverty, abuse and neglect. Children's Home + Aid remains committed to improving the lives of children and families throughout Illinois. As a leading social service agency, Children's Home + Aid serves nearly 40,000 children and families in need each year. It delivers over 70 social service programs throughout 40 Illinois counties.
The Illinois Arts Council was created as a state agency by the Illinois General Assembly in 1965 through legislation sponsored by Senators Paul Simon, Thomas McGloon, and Alan Dixon. Council members are charged with developing the state's public arts policy, fostering quality culturally diverse programs, and approving grants expenditures.
The Peace and Education Coalition of the Back of the Yards, New City (PEC) organizes community resources to assist children and their families in great need. The Coalition is made up of the public schools, churches, parks, businesses, law enforcement, elected officials, and not-for-profits.