For more than 40 years, Joy of Motion Dance Center has provided exceptional educational and performance opportunities that reinforce the principle that Dance is for Everyone™. As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, we have earned a reputation for excellence in dance education, diversity and innovation in programming, and community service.

Since our founding in October of 1976, we have grown from a small Cleveland Park studio with just three instructors to the “the area’s most comprehensive dance institution” (Washington Post), with 60 faculty members and teaching artists, 8,000 unique students, 350 weekly classes, and locations in Near Northeast DC, Friendship Heights DC, and Bethesda, as well as a dozen school and partner sites.

While numbers have grown, our core philosophy has remained strong and constant. At Joy of Motion, dance is not the province of an elite or talented few. Dance belongs to us all, and we all belong in the studio and on the stage — growing and learning, moving and creating.

Among the performing arts, dance, in particular, engages the mind and body simultaneously — inciting both personal growth and interpersonal connections. In uncertain and divisive times, this art form can be more essential than ever before.

Let’s keep connecting.

Let’s keep moving.