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2011 – 2012 Annual Report


Dear Friends, We are delighted to present the 2011-2012 Annual Report of our 31st season. The programming year was filled with first time experiences and familiar favorites. We opened our performance series with the internationally acclaimed PEARSONWIDRIG DANCETHEATER on September 17, 2011 and closed the year with “Lost in Space,” a charming Energizers Creative Arts Camp Concert on August 10, 2012. From start to finish, Dance Place continues to support innovation in the dance community and to push the power of creative education for DC’s youth. Along with Dance Place resident companies Coyaba Dance Theater, ReVision dance company and the Dance Place Step Team, audiences enjoyed some of DC’s best dance companies and outstanding national touring artists. The opening of Brookland Artspace Lofts next door, with 39 live/work units for local artists, included three dedicated spaces for Dance Place programs. We now have a secondary dance studio, a new apartment for our interns and a bright, welcoming space for the Children’s Creative Education Center. We kept daily adult and children’s classes and educational programs going with the strong leadership of our talented teaching staff. While enjoying our present, we’re planning for our future. Dance Place began a new chapter of our history with the launch of our Moving Forward Capital Campaign (look for more details on the back cover).

Carla Perlo Founding Director

Deborah Riley Director

MISSION STATEMENT: Founded in 1980, Dance Place builds a community of dance artists, audiences and students through high quality performances, commissions, training and educational programs for people of all ages. We are committed to enriching the field of dance locally, nationally and internationally. Our thriving arts campus serves as an anchor in the development of our Brookland neighborhood in Washington, DC. COVER PHOTO OF PEARSONWIDRIG DANCETHEATER BY ZACHARY Z. HANDLER, REBOLLAR DANCE PHOTO COURTESY ERICA REBOLLAR, ARTLAND BROOKLAND TEMPORIUM PHOTOS BY DAVID DOWLING

As always we can’t do what we do without you! We thank you for your interest, support and involvement,

What do I love about Dance Place? There are very few places where you can exist as a professional dancer, a child, a dance aficionado and a concerned/involved community member at the same time. Dance Place is one of those places and has wonderful opportunities for all of those groups and still manages to maintain artistic integrity while keeping the door open for intermingling and learning. - Touring Artist Maura Garcia Dance

ARTISTIC PARTNERS Dance Place received funding from and co-presented with the following arts entities: The National Endowment for the Arts The US Commission of Fine Arts Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation New England Foundation for the Arts National Performance Network Pennsylvania Performing Arts on Tour DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities VSA The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Brooklyn Academy of Music Atlas Performing Arts Center

Alternate ROOTS Reston CenterStage US Department of State

COMMUNITY PARTNERS Through performances, classes and teaching residencies, Dance Place partnered with the following schools and community centers: ALL Therapy Arts on Foot Festival Benjamin D. Foulois Academy Benjamin Stoddert Elementary School Bennett Babies Black Rock Center for the Arts Bruce Monroe Elementary School

Season Highlights From September 2011 to August 2012, Dance Place • Attracted 40,000 visitors and participants to our campus and reached 16,000 audiences and students off-site throughout the DC Metropolitan area • Partnered with 60 schools, non-profits and arts organizations with OutReach classes and performances, co-presentations at other theaters and artist commissions • Publicly launched our multi-year $5 million Capital Campaign, “Moving Forward” • Was awarded a $75,000 grant from the DC Office of Planning and ArtPlace to operate the Artland Brookland Temporium, a robust 13-week initiative with free arts exhibitions, performances, workshops and community discussions in venues throughout our neighborhood during Summer 2012 • Hosted the launch of DanceMotion USA, an international tour of dance sponsored by the US Department of State and produced by the Brooklyn Academy of Music • Expanded our Energizers Junior Staff program, through a major grant from the DC Children and Youth Investment Trust Corporation, to serve local teenagers 3 days a week with intensive arts integration workshops, life skills, mentoring and first-time employment • Was selected as “one of the best small nonprofits in the Washington, DC region” by the 2012-2013 Catalogue for Philanthropy • Received national funding from the National Endowment for the Arts “Our Town” program to support the development of the 8th Street Arts Plaza and expanded community programming as part of our capital campaign Program Enhancement Fund

Dance Place’s Artland Brookland Temporium project served over

1,500 visitors and 260 visual artists, performers, poets and musicians with free cultural activities throughout Brookland, June-August 2012.


These accessible art events are so important, and the stories people tell, well, I can’t decide whether the telling or the listening is more important. I hope you know how fantastic you are for facilitating these experiences. -Ginny Myers, Creative Writing Workshop

ARTLAND BROOKLAND TEMPORIUM Busboys & Poets Camp Forget Me Not University of Maryland College Park Columbia Park Elementary School Disney Step Classic Drew Freeman Middle School E.L Haynes Public Charter School Excel Public Charter School Expressions Live Freedom Plaza French Embassy Greenbelt Elementary School Hilton Holy Redeemer Catholic School

John Eaton Elementary School Johnson Middle School Kennedy Center- Millenium Stage Kenilworth Elementary School M.C. Terrell Elementary School Mamie D. Lee School Marriott Wardman Park Martha’s Table Martin Luther King Jr. Library Mt. Jezreel Baptist Church Christian School National Theater Museum New Carrollton Treasury Bid New Hampshire Estates Norwood School

Noyes Elementary School Oakland Terrace Elementary School Oyster Adams Bilingual School Performing Arts at the Washington Metropolitan High School Potomac Lighthouse Public Charter School Ross Elementary School Shining Stars Montessori School Siena School Sitar Arts Center South Lake Elementary School Spingarn High School St. Anthony Catholic School Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart

The National Theater THEARC Tree of Life Public Charter School Viers Mill Elementary Village Academy Washington Ballet William E Doar Jr. Public Charter School Wolf Trap World Bank

Dance Place 2011 Dance Presentations • Dance Place’s 2011-2012 season was filled with 46 weekends of 96 performances, attracting 11,500 audience members (a 15% increase from our audiences last year). • OutReach performances by Dance Place’s 4 resident companies brought inspiring dance to 16,000 audience members throughout the Greater DC Metropolitan area. • Dance Place presented 1,350 artists through our prolific presentation series (54 local and 14 touring companies). This included the launch of the NYDP (New York to Dance Place) Series, with 5 of New York’s most captivating companies appearing on our stage.

Kyle Abraham/Abraham. In.Motion, contemporary dance’s rapidly rising star, made his first appearance on our stage in Spring 2012. Abraham.In.Motion’s and Dakshina/Daniel Phoenix Singh Dance Company’s shows at Dance Place were selected as “The Best Dance of 2012” by The Washington Post

• Dance Place entered into a three-year presenting and commissioning contract with prominent emerging New York choreographer Kyle Abraham/Abraham.In.Motion.

25th Anniversary of our DanceAfrica, DC Festival

Dance Place has a global and local mission to provide a meaningful and profound impact on the audiences it serves… – Karen Brooks Hopkins, President of BAM, the Brooklyn Academy of Music Dance Place is the home for dance in the D.C. metro area; the place to see dance every weekend. It is a vital and vibrant landmark, and we’re lucky to have it. -Vincent Thomas Director of VTDance

• With the National Performance Network, Dance Place served as co-commissioner of 2 new works – Oasis: Everything you ever wanted to know about the Middle East but were afraid to Dance by Nejla Y. Yatkin and WHITE LIKE ME: A Honky Dory Puppet Show by satirist Paul Zaloom.

COYABA DANCE THEATER Dance Place celebrated the 25th Anniversary of our DanceAfrica, DC Festival in Spring 2012 honoring Baba Chuck Davis, Assane Konte and Melvin Deal. Festival activities included performances by 5 outstanding African dance companies, 6 Master Classes, outdoor dance demonstrations and an African Marketplace.


- 2012 by the Numbers Training in Dance and Arts Administration • Dance Place’s on-site adult and children’s classes served 400 students weekly in a variety of disciplines including modern, jazz, hip-hop, African and Salsa. • OutReach classes taught by professional dancers served 400 students at 15 local schools and community centers. • Dance Place trained and mentored 22 future arts administrators, teachers, theater technicians and dancers through our Intern program.

Energizers Youth Enrichment Programs Dance Place first created the Energizers program when we moved into our permanent home in Brookland in 1986, responding to the needs of local young people with in-depth creative education, job training, life skills and arts experiences. These programs included:


• Energizers Afterschool Program provided 630 hours of academic tutoring, healthy snacks, gardening skills, life skills and arts education with a 5:1 student to teacher ratio.

Dance Place provided our adult and child students—from professional level to beginners-- with over $98,000 worth of scholarships to participate in our dance classes for free or at low cost.

• Energizers Junior Staff served 40 teenagers with a rigorous selfdevelopment curriculum integrating arts electives, job training, entrepreneurialism and life skills. • Energizers Creative Arts Camp provided over 280 hours of dance classes, academic enrichment, field trips and life skills to 50 young people from our neighborhood ages 5-19, culminating in 2 sold-out Camp Shows. 100% of our campers were on full scholarship this year.


The importance of Dance Place as a whole is that it continues to shape and have an influence on children in this community. - Yosef Wise, Energizers alum



2011-2012 Season Staffing





Presentations: $614,904 Youth Presentations: $129,616



Youth Educational Programs: $378,850


Adult Programs: $108,084


Program Enhancement: $75,000 Supporting Services: $82,356


Capital Campaign: $315,642


Total Expenses: $1,704,452 Presentations Youth Presentations Youth Educational Programs Adult Programs Program Enhancement Supporting Services Capital Campaign

Sources of  Income  

INCOME Earned: $430,835


Performance: $145,201 Class Income: $259,877 Other Revenue: $25,757


Contributed: $1,288,613


Government: $217,237 Foundations: $363,315


Corporations: $115,195

12.6% 6.7% 21.1%

In kind: $6,634 Individuals: $138,409


Program Enhancement: $75,000 Released from capital campaign: $372,823 Total: $1,719,448 – 100.0%


Government Foundations Corporations In kind

Individuals Program Enhancement Released from capital campaign

STAFF SPOTLIGHT Ben Levine, Technical Director and Theater Manager “Best Up for Anything Tech Director” –Washington City Paper, Best of 2012

BOARD OF DIRECTORS DeannaPresenta)ons Francl, Chair Amy Rutt, VicePresenta)ons   Chair Youth   W. Chris Hollinsed, Treasurer duca)onal  Programs   CarolineYouth   Petti,ESecretary Carla Perlo, Adult  President Programs   Robert Ades EdwardProgram   Apple Enhancement   Rich Bernardi Suppor)ng  Services   Carol Bradwell Capital  Campaign   Evan Crocker Jannes Gibson Cindy Hallberlin, Chair Emeritus Jennifer Hardy Bill Hillegeist Karen Brooks Hopkins Chelly Jones Bo Menkiti Deborah Riley Allan Shapiro Wendy Shapiro ADVISORY COUNCIL Jeanette Bruce R.D. Carter Elinor Coleman Cyril Crocker Jim Epstein Earned   Kathy Freshley Nancy Garruba Government   Dan Griffin Chris Horning Founda)ons   Heidi Kurtze Stacey Mickelson Corpora)ons   Njambi Allan Rivlin In  kind   David Sparkman STAFF Individuals   Carla Perlo, Founding Director Enhancement   DeborahProgram   Riley, Director Valerie Branch, Youth Programs Co-Director from  cAssociate apital   StephenReleased   Clapp, Grants campaign  Technical Assistant Annie Choudhury, Emily Crews, Financial Director Jessica Dolezal, Development Associate Judy Estey, Grants Manager April Gruber, Individual Giving Manager Holly Halvorson, Web Art Director David Hopper, Marketing Associate Carolyn Kamrath, Press & Marketing Director Donna Kearney, Box Office Manager & Volunteer Coordinator Sarah Kramer, Production Manager & Development Associate Ben Levine, Technical Director & Theater Manager Austin Mason, Office Manager Bridget Miskell, Individual Giving Manager Bradley Porter, Associate Technical Director Shannon Quinn, Youth Programs Co-Director Kevin Tervala, Grants Fellow Tina Silverman, Print Art Director Sylvia Soumah, African Dance Program Director

Thank you to our donors for their generous support! SEPTEMBER 1, 2011 – AUGUST 31, 2012 $100,000+ DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities MARPAT Foundation $75,000-$99,999 DC Children and Youth Investment Trust Corporation $50,000-$74,999 US Commission of Fine Arts/National Capital Arts and Cultural Affairs Program Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation $20,000-$49,999 National Endowment for the Arts Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer Foundation New England Foundation for the Arts Howard and Geraldine Polinger Family Foundation Joseph and Joan Cullman Foundation for the Arts Leveraging Investments in Creativity Summit Fund of Washington $11,000-$19,999 Share Fund of the Community Foundation for the National Capital Region The Bozzuto Group Mead Family Foundation National Performance Network Pennsylvania Performing Arts on Tour $5,000-$10,999 Robert Ades Edward & Sue Apple Bloomberg Stephen and Jeanette Bruce Coleman Family Charities Charles Engelhard Foundation Corina Higginson Trust Dallas Morse Coors Foundation Dimick Foundation Max and Victoria Dreyfus Foundation Robin Lyttle Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation Nestlé USA Prince Charitable Trust Prince Frederick Graphics & Printing $2,000-$4,999 Abramson Family Foundation Ciracom Thomas & Alexandra Clancy Jim Epstein ExxonMobile Giant Food Jannes Gibson Gustav Heldt Bill Hillegeist Tom Lane Fund Mars Foundation The McConnell Consulting Group Northrop Grumman ECHO Pepco Carla Perlo & Richard Pilkinton Tom Pheasant & Juan Carlos Rincones Reston CenterStage Sydney Polakoff & Carolyn Goldman Sydney Polakoff Charitable Fund Amy Rutt & Heather Boonstra Wendy Shapiro & Charles Ferris Stanley & Sue Schwartz United Way of National Capital Area Washington Post Company Wasserman Family Foundation

$1,000-$1,999 Alternate ROOTS Artspace Projects, Inc. Capezio/Ballet Makers Dance Foundation Catherine Anderson Carol & Willis Bradwell Nancy & Robert Dube Thomas Flournoy Deanna & Mark Francl Disney VoluntEARS Gensler Corporation International Monetary Fund Cindy Hallberlin & Joel Kanter Jennifer Hardy Vincent Hurteau & Steve Henry John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Kiplinger Foundation David Knepper Mikael Manoukian & Emily Crews Deborah Riley & Mary Beth Flournoy Allan & Sheryl Rivlin Allan Shapiro Benjamin Short Tina Silverman Daniel Phoenix Singh Sprenger-Lang Foundation Anna & Cinda Stoner Bill & Karla Stoner Nelson Talbott Foundation Weissberg Foundation Jodi Wesemann World Bank Community Connections Fund Xerox $500-$999 Alternative Gifts of Greater Washington Anonymous Barbara Burton Jay Fellows Leslie & Shari Francis Nancy Garruba & Chris Hornig Gerald & Kathy Freshley Elliott Hanin Stuart Hershey & Linda Levine Christopher Hollinsed Bruce & Toby Kahn Amy Jimerson & Lawrence Klein Dorothy Levy M Squared Consulting William McKinnon Lesa McLaughlin Cheryl McQueen Rose Paul Edith Perlo Carol Polakoff Deborah Lee Polhemus Ruth Rivin & Ron Boustead Hank & Charlotte Schlosberg Steve Sumber & Bill Deitch David Wolfel $250-$499 Jennifer Afflerbach Amy & Morris Antonelli Melvin J. Berman Hebrew Academy Rich Bernardi & Joyce Wilker Diane Brace & Bob Lynch Lester & Tira Branch Karen Brooks Hopkins Jennifer Campbell & Jeff Munn Chernikoff and Company Stephen Clapp & Laura Schandelmeier

Yolanda Cole John Conway & Marsha Gransee Cyril & Candy Crocker Beth Davis Robert Davis Jeffrey & Kathleen Dolezal Winnie Dreier Judy Estey Loretta Feldman Bill & Elizabeth Fogarty Gerald & Valerie Gill Nancy Green Lisa Gurwitch Glen & Lauren Howard Carolyn Kamrath Anthony Kochis Kathleen Lapinski Paul & Jill Levine Kristan Lockett Virginia Lovejoy & Carl Podwoski Dan & Morrine Marantz Bill & Lindsay McLauglin Miriam Nisbet & Michael C. May Lynn Overmann Caroline Petti MonaCheri Pollard Shannon Quinn Douglas & Michelle Rathbun Douglas Sonntag Nicole Soulanille William Stevens Janet Stomes Keith Sugarman Sevan & Keri Topjian Carrie Waldron Phan Winter And the many other generous individuals who made contributions from $1 to $249!


Cindy Hallberlin, Board Chair Emeritus Cindy’s efforts in refinancing the building, strengthening the Board and leading strategic planning have brought Dance Place to a new level of capacity.

Dance Place has been a part of my life for over 30 years. As Board Chair and current Board member I have witnessed its extraordinary growth and impact on the community. Dance Place is where people go to experience extraordinary art to enrich their souls and make new friends. It stands in a class of its own. - Cindy Hallberlin



P L A C E Dance Place Now Architectural Rendering of the Future Dance Place Campus

Dance Place is planning for the future through the Moving Forward Capital Campaign. The $5 million campaign includes: • $4,000,000 for the expansion and major renovation of our facility to create building that truly matches the quality of our programming • $500,000 Program Enhancement Fund to support free community programming • $500,000 Cash and Building Reserve to secure Dance Place’s financial position Construction will begin mid-August 2013 at the completion of our current program year. During construction, Dance Place will continue our programming unabated including daily classes and youth programs in Brookland and presentations at other theaters. For the most updated information about Dance Place’s programs and to find out how you can be involved in the Moving Forward campaign, visit

Moving Forward Donors $1,000 and up As of 2/26/13

Anonymous (3) Artspace Projects, Inc. Rich Bernardi* & Joyce Wilker Jennifer & Jim Bognet Carol* & Willis Bradwell Karen Brooks Hopkins* The Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation Yolanda Cole Dallas Morse Coors Foundation Beth Davis DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities DC Department of Housing and Community Development DC Office of Planning/ArtPlace James Epstein Elizabeth & Bill Fogarty Deanna* & Mark Francl Jannes Waples Gibson*+ Jalal Greene+ The Philip L. Graham Fund Carol Grave Cindy Hallberlin* & Joel Kanter Jennifer Hardy* Stuart Hershey & Linda Levine Willard Hillegeist* W. Christopher Hollinsed* & Yolanda Alcorta Carolyn Kamrath & Anthony A. Jackson Leveraging Investments in Creativity/Ford Foundation Jill & Paul Levine Anne McGuirk The Menkiti Group/901 Monroe Street LLC National Endowment for the Arts Neighborhood Investment Fund of the Deputy Mayor’s Office for Planning and Economic Development Carla Perlo* & Richard Pilkinton Edith Perlo Howard & Geraldine Polinger Family Foundation Irma Poretsky Prince Charitable Trusts Deborah Riley* & Mary Beth Flournoy Allan* & Sheryl Rivlin Denise Rollins+ Allan Shapiro* Wendy Shapiro*+ & Charles E. Ferris Leila Smith+ Nelson Talbott Foundation Reggie Van Lee Vicki Warren Jill Weiler Njambi Wynn+ KEY: *Board Member +Capital Campaign Steering Committee Member

Dance Place 2011-2012 Annual Report  

Please enjoy reading about Dance Place’s accomplishments and our robust, supportive programming for the 2011-2012 Season in the enclosed Ann...

Dance Place 2011-2012 Annual Report  

Please enjoy reading about Dance Place’s accomplishments and our robust, supportive programming for the 2011-2012 Season in the enclosed Ann...