Dance Place

Dance Place


"Choreographer and ardent collaborator Britta Joy Peterson's newest piece, 'And Now, Hold Me' at Dance Place, features Peterson’s keen focus on space, and how the introduction of bodies moving through it changes literally everything — the architecture, the meaning, the temperature, the feeling, even the air in the room." Click for the full review from Lisa Traiger!
already there is an immersive installation designed to be savored in small, timed-entry groups where patrons and digital viewers, like you, are invited to explore, indulge, and play in a sensory labyrinth of dance and design.

already there gathers together a gallery of vivid vitalities in The REACH’s Studio K. Timed entry reservations invite small groups to follow swells of music, light, and dance through this immersive installation. Audiences wind their way through vibrant rooms, sharpening their senses towards that which is often filtered out. Audiences may find themselves singing along, dancing with giants, or laying on the grass. Within these halls the scales are tipped, dwelling is essential, and togetherness is possible.

Britta Joy Peterson is an award-winning choreographer, collaborator, and educator. Her creative work has been seen around the world, including at the Sibu International Dance Festival, Performance Mix 33, Arts and Society Conference, European Society for Literature, Science and the Arts, Dance Place, Triskelion Arts, Sonics Immersive Media Lab, and The Kennedy Center.

already there was commissioned by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts as part of the 2020/2021 Local Dance Commissioning Project.
Support the Arts! Donate by texting EMBARK to 44-321 Dance Place
What else do we do on tour when we’re not performing, rehearsing and doing workshops? We sightsee!

Our visit in has included three shows at Dance Place (and a takeover of their Instagram account last week!), a workshop with CityDance students, guest talks, lots of rehearsing, and discovering some of Washington's iconic landmarks.

We are heading back to Canada for three shows at MT Space as part of IMPACT21 festival in Kitchener-Waterloo later this week!
We are performing Trace in back-to-back shows at Dance Place in Washington, DC tonight and tomorrow. If you're in the area, come and check us out!

We were stoked to lead a workshop last night at CityDance in Maryland, USA. Over 40 diverse youth attended our workshop as part of their dance training.

This is one of several workshops, master classes, community classes, and guest lectures that we offer on tour.

Yes, on top of all of the performing and touring, we always make room to develop the next generation of dance artists and innovators.

Thank you CityDance and Dance Place for making this happen!

Are you in the northeastern US and would like to see Trace live? Make your way to one of the following shows in the next few weeks!

September 21 - Oswego, NY
SUNY - The State University of New York

September 24-25 - Clinton, NY
Hamilton College

September 28 - Lewisburg, PA
Bucknell University

October 2-3 - Washington, DC
Dance Place

Workshop 3 of the Q***r Embodiment and Creative Process will be with Gabriel Mata. ..
Gabriel will be presenting "re-Disco". In this 90 minute workshop you will have space to look at the past, move with our present consciousness, and bring an awareness to the future...
Gabriel Mata is a Mexican-American dance choreographer, educator, dance film maker, curator, and talking dancing performer. The Star Tribune has called him “Sly, subtle and totally virtuosic, theatrical dancer-choreographer....Gabriel holds the stage with expressive movement and witty words.” Gabriel Mata/Movement is a Washington DC project-based movement company. His work has been presented by Georgian Court University sjDANCEco Festival of Latin American Contemporary Choreographers - FLACC Dance Place Silicon Valley Pride and the Hispanic National Bar Association - HNBA ..
Workshop | re-Disco | Saturday, July 24th at 1:00 p.m. For more information about this workshop and how to register. Please go to the Workshop Link below! ..
Photo Credit: Miki Jourdan
Next week! Don’t miss Ceremony, a site-specific, movement-based performance commissioned by Hillwood and Dance Place, inspired by the special exhibition “Kristine Mays: Rich Soil.” Head to to learn more and register.

📷: Erik Kvalsvik
: Morning Movement Meditation
with Nol Simonse!

Carve out 17 minutes at the top of your day to drop into your body. Follow along this guided video for a chance to gently stretch and wiggle.

This video is CLOSED CAPTIONED for Deaf and hard-of-hearing audiences.



Nol Simonse is a Bay Area dancer, teacher, and choreographer. He teaches at the Shawl-Anderson Dance Center and LINES Dance Center, and has been awarded a GOLDIE Award and an Izzie Award. He has been a dancer-collaborator with Sean Dorsey Dance for 14 years.


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TRANS: THRIVE, SF LGBT Center, Larkin Street Youth Services, Dance Place, San Francisco Transgender Film Festival and Shawl-Anderson Dance Center!

Weekly episodes can be found at
Founded in 1980, Dance Place is a theater, dance school, and community cultural center. Their arts campus serves as an anchor in the Brookland/Edgewood neighborhood in DC. With programs like Art on 8th, a free outdoor program providing performances, workshops, and recreation, Dance Place strives to make the world of dance reflect the breadth of identities that make up our community, our city, and our world. Check out their Facebook to learn more about everything they do!
Workshop 1 of the Q***r Embodiment and Creative Process will be KT Aylesworth...
KT will be presenting "Moving Through Gendered Language". In this 90 minute workshop you will build off their current line of movement research regarding gender and the words/labels we are given to describe it...
KT Aylesworth is a multifaceted artist based in the Washington, DC, Maryland, and Virginia area (DMV). They are an alum of American University graduating with a BA in Dance and Musical Theatre in Spring 2020. KT has also worked and performed with companies such as Extreme Lengths Productions Silver Spring Stage Adventure Theatre MTC Dance Place Montgomery College Summer Dinner Theatre, National Guard Association for the District of Columbia and Keegan Theatre Currently, their creative interests lie in exploring their unique identity and q***r experiences through movement...
Workshop | Moving Through Gendered Language, this Saturday, July 10th at 1:00 p.m. For more information or how to register. Please go to the link 👉
Photo Credit: Jeff Watts

Dance Presenter, Dance Training School, Provider of Youth Programs

Dance Presenter -Dance Place offers a year-round weekend dance performing series since 1980, with dance shows every weekend in modern dance, African Dance, tap dance, performance art, hip hop, and spoken word by Washington, DC dance companies as well as regional and international dance companies. Dance School -Dance Place’s school offers dance classes for adults in modern dance, African dance, hip

Operating as usual


Dance Place kicks off our 44th season with year three of the District Choreographer’s Dance Festival (DCDF)! This ticketed event is a two-day festival in celebration of DC’s rich dance community, featuring choreographers and dancers specifically based in the DMV area.

Featuring performances by Malik Burnett, Gerson Lanza, ReVision Dance Company, Claire Alrich, Orange Grove Dance, Kyoko Fujimoto, and Daché Green.

Join us September 9 & 10 at 4pm! Link in bio for tickets!


Donate to the Hyman M. Perlo Fund for Education and have your donation matched!

Dance Place is thrilled to share that we have received a $5,000 matching gift challenge! Inspired by our Energizers Creative Arts Summer Campers and the continued work and involvement of Carla Perlo (Founder and Director Emerita), Daniel Woofter, co-chair of the Dance Place Board of Directors announced a 100% match challenge for all donations made to the Hyman M. Perlo Fund for Education and Culture up to $5,000 made until August 31st!

Visit the link in our bio to donate today!


Small nonprofits like us make a big difference for the communities who live here. We are thrilled to have Spur Local, formerly the Catalogue for Philanthropy, support our work! Being part of their 2023 class, alongside our incredible peer nonprofits, shows both the critical impact we make as an organization and our collective strength as a movement for social good. With your support, we can continue to make a difference right here, where we live.


Dance Place offices will be closed this week (Aug 21-25) for Summer Break. Stay tuned for more info about our 44th season kickoff event, the District Choreographer's Dance Festival on September 9 & 10 at 4pm.

Have a great week!

Photos from Dance Place's post 08/19/2023

We just launched our 44th season and we can't wait to see you throughout this year! Help support Dance Place by purchasing new merchandise through our campaign on Bonfire (what is pictured is just a taste!). Products will ship directly to you once sales close on August 28th, estimated arrival is September 18th. Youth and Adult sizes available!

Use the link in our bio to view the store and get your Dance Place merch for the upcoming season!


Thanks for the shoutout, District Fray Magazine! 🔥

Anyone else miss that first-day-of-school feeling? To help inspire it, we rounded up 10 experience-based classes throughout the DMV. See you in class, nerds.

Featuring classes from:
Mycological Association of Washington, DC
Fox Haven Farm & Retreat Center
West Virginia Mushroom Club
Smithsonian Associates
DC Improv Comedy Club & Restaurant
Rhizome DC
Dance Place
Politics and Prose Bookstore
DC Public Library

Photos from Dance Place's post 08/08/2023

Here’s a quick little dump from our Energizers Creative Arts Summer Camp!

Be sure to look out for more photos AND come out to the Energizers Summer Camp Showcase this Thursday and Friday!


KOM and Adult Classes are cancelled for today for severe weather!

See you tomorrow!


Due to next weeks Energizers Summer Camp Show, tonight at 6:30pm will be the last heels class with Daché for the session.

Get your dancing shoes on and join us for the last Friday night heels class of the summer! 🔥👠


Just a reminder! Rooting the Dance: Hip Hop Series classes are finished for the summer semester. Be sure to check out the rest of our summer classes running through August 13th. Hope to see you in the studio soon!


Many Extra Only More is HERE! We first want to thank you for a TRIPLE sold-out show! And second, probably more importantly, we want to thank the visionary behind it, Sarah Beth Oppenheim! Learn more about Sarah Beth in the cut below:

I come from: 38 dance studios, 4 particular kitchens, and 2 synagogues from the Wild Wild West, skyscrapered NYC, trampoline sidewalks of Berlin, and begrudgingly beautiful sunsets over the Potomac. I like to use scraps, abandoned tools, and painters tape to cut and paste curious inquisitions into everything from pelvis-motored site-specific choreography to burritos. I believe in deepest plie to bend traditions, antiracist pedagogy to bend academia, and dance as an everything salve. As a teaching artist mom, I mine, swap, and alchemically mix choreographic research, antiracist pedagogy, and arts & crafts between stage, studio, classroom, and nursery.

Educational letters include BFA SUNY Purchase and MFA University of Maryland. Work/love finds me teaching/making/womanifesting as a Teaching Artist at Dance Place, Adjunct Professor at American University and University of Maryland, Mentorship & Education Coordinator at BlackLight Summit, and Artistic Director of Heart Stück Bernie (HSB). HSB makes site-specific and proscenium extravaganza works in museums, theaters, stairwells, back rooms, and other places I convince you to engage with dance. Recent career highlights include Artist in Residence at Dance Place, commissions at The Kennedy Center, National Gallery of Art, and U.S. Botanic Garden, and 2022-2023 Fillmore Studio Prize Winner for creating and curating art at the nexus of dance and social impact.

I live in Silver Spring, Maryland where I subject my family to artistic procedurals and cardboard extravaganza reckonings, but they secretly love how warm it is by the construction paper fire and the every-floor-a-dance-floor.


Meet our interns! This summer we are joined by Francesca, Roni, Caraline, Kandace, Kyla, Tiffany, Yolanda, and Anni. They have already started working within their respective departments and connecting with the Dance Place community. We are so excited to see them thrive this summer. If you see them around, say hi! Visit the link in our bio to learn more!


Important Many Extra Only More update:

Due to inclement weather on Sunday, we are shifting our showtimes to ensure you all can witness Heart Stück Bernie's Many Extra Only More. We thank you for your understanding as we make this pivot. Ticket-buyers, you will receive an email shortly from the Audience Services Manager with further information on your showtime.

We can’t wait to see you this weekend!

Photos from Dance Place's post 07/06/2023

Meet the very large and definitely extra performing cast of Heart Stück Bernie's Many Extra Only More! If you see a friend who hasn't be tagged leave a comment below with their @ and we'll tag them!


In observance of Independence Day, Dance Place will be closed Tuesday, July 4th! See you all through the rest of the week and don't forget to join us this weekend for Many Extra Only More!

Photos from Dance Place's post 06/30/2023

Wow! Before we could share more with you about Heart Stück Bernie's upcoming performance of Many Extra Only More, the DMV dance community leapt at the chance to see this large-scale, site specific work and sold out both shows! But not to fear, a third show has been added on Sunday, July 9 at 7:30pm.

Read more about the performance below, and don't miss your chance to witness this community-driven dance party!

Many Extra Only More is a massive-scale, big-cast, site specific dance project for 40 dancers, framed by 40 windows, in the four-story storefront of Brookland’s Extra Space Storage facility. It is a communal holler, shout, and shake it all about that will fill an openopen glass facade with quirky-luscious, exuberant dance. But it is also the search for joy in liminal spaces. It is a window into bodies of power. It is a gentle unpacking of the things we store away – in industrial storage units, or the chambers of our hearts. And it is a dance-me, dance-you, dance-us repair for our times.

Ticket link in bio! Get them now before they’re gone!

Photo by AK Blythe | Graphic by Meredith-Lyn Avey

Photos from Dance Place's post 06/28/2023

Join Dance Place at 7pm on Wednesdays for All Levels Casino Partnerwork! Learn different Cuban popular and social dances such as Cuban Son, Casino and a lively and fun group dance called Rueda de Casino. Register for class by clicking the link in our bio.


Join us on Thursdays at 7:00pm to learn a variety of street and club dance styles from a multi-talented group of women artists! Pulling from their cultural roots and stories of transformation within Hip Hop culture, these artists will share Hip Hop dance as a form of community connection, soul connection, and joy.

Click the link below to register for this all-levels class!

s/o to Kris Stith for this dope graphic!

Photos from Dance Place's post 06/20/2023

A fun little first week of Summer Adult classes dump for you✨

Hope to see you in class this week! Head to our website to register!


Today, Dance Place is closed in observance of Juneteenth, the commemoration of the emancipation of enslaved African Americans in the United States.

As a community arts center, school for dance, and nationally recognized dance presenter, Dance Place affirms that there is no place for racism in our institution, city, or in our society. Dance Place remains a gathering place for all community members, regardless of background and identity. We maintain a space where all can come together to express themselves, and unite through the power and joy of movement.

As the staff of Dance Place take this day to reflect upon the significance of this moment in history, and how we can contribute to the work ahead, we hope that you will take time to do so as well.


Dance Place's Co-Presentation and Education Open Call Applications close THIS Monday, June 19th at 5pm.

Don't miss out on the chance to be a part of our 2023-2024 Season!

Visit our website at to apply!


New Class Alert! Jamison Curcio will be teaching Advanced Contemporary on Saturdays 1pm-2:30pm.

Head to our website to register and check out the rest of the summer schedule. See you in class!


Huge welcome to our new cohort of Summer Interns! We are so excited to have you working and growing with us this summer!

Photos from Dance Place's post 06/11/2023

Kids and Adult Summer Classes begin tomorrow!! Head to our website to see both the Adult schedule and Kids on the Move schedule! Adult Classes are drop-in based, sign up via Sawyer.

There's still time to join us for Kids on the Move! The last day to register is June 25th.

We can't wait to see you in class this summer!


Current Artist in Residence Robert Woofter/haus of bambi is nominated for the inaugural DC Drag Awards in the category of Community Change Maker. Public voting takes place from now through the end of June. Use the link below to vote!! Congratulations Robert on this well-deserved nomination!

Photo by Q***r Portraits From The Park that was taken as part of the photo exhibit haus of bambi curated and produced last month in Union Market! -ac04-43ad-9dc9-37c64551c534

Photos from Dance Place's post 06/09/2023

Congratulations to Dance Place’s Afterschool Club Manager Anastasia Johnson for her outstanding presentation this morning of "How to Protect Black Hair in Dance” at the Maryland Arts Summit at UMBC 🎉


Applying for the Dance Place Presentation Open Call? Have questions regarding your application? Join us for a virtual Q and A session with the Dance Place presentation team on Wednesday, June 7th from 7-8pm via Zoom. Head to our website at for the Zoom link!


Happy Pride Month from Dance Place ✨🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍⚧️

Photos from Dance Place's post 06/01/2023

DanceAfrica has officially begun! Join us tonight from 6:45-8pm for our next Master Class with Amaniyea Payne in the Edgewood Arts Center.

Registration required, head to our website for more info!

We can’t wait to see you this weekend for our outdoor festival performances!


Thanks to all of you wonderful people the Dance Africa DC Fête is SOLD OUT!!!

While there may not be tickets to the Friday night Fête, we still want to see you on Marist Lawn at Catholic American University this Saturday for our Saturday festival!

Photos from Dance Place's post 05/31/2023

DanceAfrica has officially begun! Join us tonight from 6:45-8pm for our second Master Class with Jihan Von Hendricks in the Cafritz Foundation Theater at Dance Place. Registration required, head to our website for more info! Don’t forget to register for the rest of this week’s classes, and we can’t wait to see you this weekend for our outdoor festival performances!

Photos from Dance Place's post 05/30/2023

Make some Summer 2023 memories with Dance Place!

Apply for the Dance Place Open Call, celebrate Dance Place's youth as they perform for friends and family at the Energizers Creative Arts Summer Camp Show, and head to Extra Space Storage for a site-specific, dynamic, and large-scale performance from Heart Stück Bernie.

Be sure to mark your calendars with these upcoming Dance Place Presentation and Education Programs and stay cool with Dance Place this Summer!

Photos from Dance Place's post 05/30/2023

DanceAfrica has officially begun! Join us tonight from 6:45-8pm for our first Master Class with Baba Assane/Ali in the Cafritz Foundation Theater at Dance Place. Registration required, head to our website for more info! Don’t forget to register for the rest of this week’s classes, and we can’t wait to see you this weekend for our outdoor festival performances!


Happy Memorial Day from Dance Place!


Check out former Artist-in-Residence along with Dance Place staff members (Audience Services Manager) and (Artistic Director)at the Kennedy Center Terrace Theater this weekend (5/26 and 5/27)

Head to the cut below to read more about the show:

How do we become more than what we’ve lost? Good Grief: Songs of the Moon and The Unbroken Circle is an enveloping dance odyssey that explores, celebrates, and understands the necessity of transformation.

Good Grief is created by Tariq O’Meally, awardee of the 2022–23 Local Dance Commissioning Project.

Photos from Dance Place's post 05/23/2023

Master Class registration is now OPEN! Check out our class schedule and a peek at the DADC schedule as well! We've got classes hosted by KanKouran, Keur Khaleyi, Amaniyea Payne, Akoma de Gado, and Malcom X Dancers & Drummers. Head to our website at to register!

Photos from Dance Place's post 05/19/2023

Less than 24hrs until Spring Youth Showcase and we can't WAIT to show you how hard our youth have been working!

Here's a few cute snaps from tech week! See you all this weekend! 🥳🎉🤸‍♂️


As Dance Place prepares for the upcoming Spring Youth Showcase featuring Kids on the Move students, Energizers Creative Arts Program participants, and the Dance Place Youth Company, we thought we would take a moment to share our latest Education Trailer with you!

Dance Place's Education Programs have been the heartbeat of our organization 1986. Watch the trailer to get a glimpse of why our Youth Programs are so special. And don't forget to say break a leg to our youth as they hit the stage for friends and family this weekend!


Dance Place is excited to bring back our Open Call series. The Open Call series aims to support local DMV artists and companies presenting work and/or teaching to our DMV local dance community. A keystone of our curatorial vision is providing support to dancemakers at all stages of their careers and every stage of the creative process.

The Open Call series is one of the methods through which Dance Place can serve as a home for a number of artists and companies that are creating and teaching in the DMV. By providing multiple entry points of support for local artists, Dance Place contributes to a thriving dance ecosystem in the region, country and world.

Visit our website at to learn more!

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Prisms, Sand Dunes, and the Act of Holding Space: Behind the Scenes with Britta Joy Peterson for 'And Now, Hold Me'
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As we EMBARK on Dance Place’s 41st season, we reconnect with one another at this outdoor dance festival at the Dance Pla...
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Embark: Finding Our Way Together | 2021-2022 Season Announcement
Disability Pride post!  Thanks to the guidance of long-time Dance Place community members Esther Geiger and Joel Sneider...
We’re sooo excited to be completing a renovation of our lobby to create gender neutral restrooms for patrons and improve...
Disability Pride post!  Thanks to the guidance of long-time Dance Place community member Tiffani Jackson and her company...
Dance Place and Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens present a co-commissioned, site-specific, movement-based performance c...




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