Help support the next generation through scholarships and opportunities

About the Project

In 2010, Dance Canvas invited 20 students and 2 interns to be part of the 1st class of DC NEXT, a summer choreographic/production intensive for high school and college-age students. In the past 10 years, DC NEXT has been a springboard for over 200 students to learn how to be successful in the dance industry, "Both Onstage and Backstage".

Our DC NEXT students spend 3-4 weeks with us each July, in Ballet, Modern, and Jazz classes, while receiving guest instruction and mentorship from choreographers from across the country. Housed on the campus of Georgia Tech, in the DramaTech theater, DC NEXT also allows students to participate in career building and production workshops. The workshops give the students the skills to produce their own performance series at the end of the summer. 

We want to celebrate 10 years of DC NEXT in a few different ways, and WE NEED YOUR HELP to:

  • Raise money to provide scholarships so that finances are not a barrier to participation 
    • ($10,000 provides scholarship to 10-15 students)
  • Bring Guest artists/Master teachers to work with the DC NEXT students and provide mentorship
    • ($2,000 pays for travel, lodging and compensation for guest artists)
  • Host a satellite DC NEXT/EXTENSION program to reach additional students
    • ($5,000 pays for studio space and faculty for a 2-week extension program)
  • Commission the professional choreography of DC NEXT Alumni to be presented through Dance Canvas' Performance Series at the Ferst Center for the Arts.
    • ($3,000 pays for a young alumni's travel, lodging and artist fees)
Our DC NEXT Alumni are performing across the country in professional dance companies. Others are working in arts administration, including as an Accessibility Fellow at Lincoln Center in NYC. Another DC NEXT alumna is a PhD Candidate at Emory University, studying biology/movement science. Our alumni come back every summer to teach, mentor, and speak with our DC NEXT students about career possibilities.


Matching Sponsors

Our generous sponsors will contribute $1 for every $1 donated to this project up to $10,000 ! (pending matching fund availability)

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  • Donate $10 or more

    Donors receive a hand written "Thank you" letter from a DC NEXT student describing their experience and how your donation has benefitted their education; a listing as a "DC Supporter" on our website (www.dancecanvas.com)
    Amount is fully tax-deductible
  • Donate $100 or more

    All of the benefits above, plus: a listing in the DC NEXT Playbill; an invitation to Dance Canvas' annual donor reception
    Amount is fully tax-deductible
  • Donate $500 or more

    All of the benefits above, plus: Dance Canvas bag or tumbler; 2 complimentary tickets to DC NEXT performance series
    (19 of 20 remaining)
    Amount is fully tax-deductible
  • Donate $1,000 or more

    All of the benefits above, plus: 1/2 page ad in the DC NEXT playbill; 2 complimentary tickets to the DC NEXT performance series; DC NEXT T-shirt
    (9 of 10 remaining)
    Amount is fully tax-deductible
  • Donate $2,500 or more

    All of the benefits above, plus: one full page ad in DC NEXT Playbill; 2 complimentary tickets to the DC NEXT performance series; 2 complimentary tickets to the Dance Canvas professional performance series at the Ferst Center
    (4 of 4 remaining)
    Amount is fully tax-deductible
  • Donate $5,000 or more

    All of the benefits listed above, plus: one full page ad in the Dance Canvas professional playbill; Invitation to deliver curtain speech at DC NEXT performance; Lunch with DC NEXT students; Commemorative "Thank You" plaque presented at Ferst Performance Series; 4 complimentary VIP tickets to Dance Canvas' professional performance series.
    (2 of 2 remaining)
    Amount is fully tax-deductible
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