Design Dance After School Programs give students grades K-12 in Chicago, New York and California an active, creative and engaging dance class right after school.  Each program encourages students to express themselves in a fun and nurturing environment while they learn to work together, set goals, and build confidence.  Our most popular after school programs feature Ballet, Hip Hop, Breakdancing, and Storytime Dance. Design Dance staff is committed to finding a program that works for your school, community and unique group of families.  If there’s a dance style you’d like to try, drop us a line at and let us know!   Please note, this program is for schools in Chicago and the San Francisco Bay Area only.  



Design Dance residency curriculum finds the links between dance and a variety of disciplines including storytelling, cultural studies, history, and literacy.  Many of our residencies focus on one or more dance styles including ballet, tap, modern, jazz, hip hop, breakdancing, and cultural dance.  

Design Dance residencies bring our program to your students during the school day through public, private, or school funding.  We are proud to say that we have never turned away a school with an interest in bringing dance to their students.  We are committed to making dance education a reality for any size budget.  Each program concludes with a school-wide assembly that builds courageself-awareness and connection throughout the entire school community. 

Our staff is knowledgeable about the ways our program can link to a wide range of learning standards, and we’ve developed tools to track measurable results in the classroom.  In addition, Design Dance has worked with many CPS schools to prepare their Creative Schools Grant applications, and has been the proud recipient two years in a row.  If you’re an administrator at a Chicago Public School and are interested in learning more about applying for the Creative Schools Grant at your school, visit the Ingenuity website or email us directly at  Please note, this program is for schools in Chicago and the San Francisco Bay Area only.



Design Dance students are smartstrong, and kind.  They know that sharing their stories builds empathy and they’re not afraid to be courageous. Design Dance Poetry in Motion pairs poetry writing and dance for a month long in-school program that fosters real change in elementary and high school students.  Students learn to write alongside renowned poets and create original dances with the guidance of professional choreographers.   Design Dance is proud to offer Poetry + Dance residencies in 6 cities for grades 2-12.  Please note, this program is for schools in Chicago, San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles, Austin, Madison, and Milwaukee only. 


Through generous donations from our families and a partnership with Communities in Schools of Chicago (CISC), Design Dance is able to offer a limited number of free workshops to schools who have been approved by CISC.