D.C.’s dance community is thriving and vibrant, but with so many companies, studios, classes, and often little funding—it can be overwhelming. Since its inception in 2005, Dance Metro DC has served to strengthen the dance community by providing resources, services and direct support to hundreds of dance artists. We are here to serve you.
We work to connect dance professionals to the opportunities to help them grow in both skill and capacity to create a sustainable career. Our membership program provides professional dancers and organizations with class discounts, funding opportunities, marketing and promotion, studio space, and additional support resources.
Whether your networking at a DMDC happy hour, attending a class with your membership discount, participating in our programming, or connecting with other dancers in our private Facebook community, you are going to find your home with us.
In 2003, Dance/USA conducted a needs assessment study on behalf of the DC Metro area’s dance community. In response to the study’s findings, which included a need for sustained leadership and centralized services to strengthen the field of dance in the region, Dance Metro DC was established in 2005 as a branch of Dance/USA.
In March of 2011, Dance Metro DC established itself as an independent arts service organization. An advisory committee of stakeholders in the dance community established a Board of Directors and incorporated in Washington, DC as a non-profit organization. As of March 2012, Dance Metro DC received its determination for 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status.
Board of Directors
Evlyn Baker, Chair
Elizabeth Watson, Vice-Chair
Judy Estey, Treasurer
Charita Brent, Secretary
Dance Metro DC Team
Helen Gineris, Project Manager
Helen Gineris has a dance background in modern and ballet having attended Cornish College of the Arts before transferring to the University of Washington in Seattle, WA and minoring in Dance. Her love of dance continued in the realm of folk dancing and performance having represented American folk dance at international folk festivals in Estonia, Hungary, and England. She is now an avid partner dancer, most recently exploring Brazilian Zouk. Helen is also trained in Nia Technique, a movement and lifestyle practice focused on moving the body's way, pleasure, and developing a heightened sense of awareness of body while increasing flexibility, agility, mobility, strength, and stability. She's appeared on NiaTV in the routine Wild community workout and was recently invited to appear in two upcoming NiaTV 52 Moves workouts. She ventured into dance writing several years ago, writing for Dance Metro DC's Dance is the Answer festival and participated in the Dance Journalism Project Fall 2019 Cohort. She recently joined Dance Metro DC as Project Manager and is excited to devote her experience in events, operations and stakeholder relations to all things dance. Helen currently resides in Washington, DC where she moves and dances, explores her interest in integrative health and wellness, co-leads a griefshare group, and coordinates events.
Shanice Mason, Communications Manager
Shanice Mason, a native of Virginia, is an east coast based freelance dance artist, educator, and art administrator currently residing in Washington, DC. Shanice is a company artist with Johnnie Cruise Mercer/TheREDprojectNYC, led by Johnnie Mercer, and works frequently with Tariq O’Meally, MK Abadoo, S. J. Ewing & Dancers, Orange Grove Dance. As an art administrator and educator, Shanice is dedicated to maintaining the performing arts as an integral part of the education system. Through nationally known enrichment dance company, Tippi Toes®, she has been able to provide and maintain functional dance classes for elementary level students across the DMV area. Shanice is currently on faculty at CityDance DREAM and Tippi Toes® Dance and has had the pleasure of teaching at Dance Exchange, NYU Tisch Summer Residency Program (alongside Johnnie Cruise Mercer/TheREDprojectNYC and MK Abadoo), Appomattox Regional Governor’s School, Baltimore County Public Schools Fine Arts Dance Festival has assisted Johnnie Cruise Mercer/TheREDprojectNYC at Desales University, Muhlenberg College, Virginia Commonwealth University, and the American Dance Festival. Shanice is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University, where she received her BFA in Dance & Choreography and minor in General Business.
The mission of Dance Metro DC is to strengthen the field of dance in the national capital region. We accomplish this through support, promotion, education, convening and advocacy for individuals and organizations in the professional field of dance.
Dance contributes significantly to the economic and cultural vitality of the DC metropolitan area.
Cultural Equity and Diversity
We strive for diversity and equity through all aspects of our work. We are committed to ensuring equitable inclusion in and access to all of our programs and services.
Collaboration and Partnership
We believe in the cultivation of partnerships towards the development of social capital and shared resources for the regional dance community.
We seek to nurture leadership in dance.
Innovation and Empowerment
We are committed to fostering innovation in dance and empowering dance professionals to succeed.