Dodge Dance Initiative

Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation


According to the New Jersey Arts Education CensusProject, dance is the least served arts discipline in our schools.

We believe the most effective and efficient way of integrating dance instruction into schools is to bring the schools’ physical education teachers together with professional dance teachers to create a new model – a unique partnership — for dance instruction.

Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation | Young Audiences New Jersey

The goals of the Dodge Dance Initiative are to:

  • Get students dancing
  • Recruit professional teaching dancers to lead dance classes and mentor physical education teachers
  • Provide physical education teachers with professional development and mentorship to integrate dance movement into their classes
  • Develop curriculum for dance and physical education teachers
  • Develop a certification process for professional teaching dancers

The scope and scale of this project require many different kinds of expertise, covering arts instruction, state core curriculum standards, alternative teaching certification, curriculum development, and knowledge of dance, dance pedagogy and the dance world.