We’re a dance convention & competition, but we are more than that. We are a movement. We want you to feel at home. A part of the family. Everyone who comes through our doors should feel the love of every person on our faculty and staff. It is our mission to create an atmosphere that promotes creativity, self-awareness, individuality, discipline, inspiration and love. We teach dance classes, but more importantly we teach life classes. Our goal is for young people to go home as better versions of themselves. It is not about looking good. It is about making people feel like they are worth looking at. For us at DanceMakers it is not, nor has it ever been, our goal to be the biggest dance company. It is, however, our goal to be the best. Our values reflect the ones that we started with over 30 years ago. The approach we take may be different than other convention & competition companies, but we feel that difference is what makes us, us. Every person on our team — staff, crew and faculty — knows the values, philosophies and culture of DanceMakers and are all aligned in a common direction; to make every person who walks through our doors feel welcomed, loved and supported.

As you probably know by now, when we prepare to launch a new tour our focus isn’t to just come up with a “cool” name. We really dive deep on what it is that we want to accomplish not just for our organization, but also for the dance world. As we planned for the launch of this season, we had so many new ideas, but always kept coming back to the work we did on the Trust The Journey Tour. It just doesn’t feel like we are quite done with that journey. Instead, it feels like we are just getting started. We are thrilled to embark on our 2018-19 “Stay The Path” tour! Our mission for this season is to stay true to who we are, keep putting in the work, and continue on the journey that we feel is so important and needed. To Stay the Path means pursuing our goals no matter the obstacles or criticism. It’s important to know that we will walk this path together; not alone. And we will accomplish something much larger than we could have ever imagined. So let’s keep the focus, be honest in our work, and in ourselves, and Stay The Path!