DanceChance Facts, 2014

  • Francia Russell began DanceChance in 1994 with four partner schools in Seattle.
  • Currently, DanceChance has 20 partner schools in the Seattle School District.
  • DanceChance screened 1500 third grade students this year.
  • 83 third and fourth grade students enrolled in DanceChance this past fall.
  • 28% of students speak a language other than English at home, with 6 languages represented.
  • 75% of students enrolled are from minority backgrounds.
  • 42 DanceChance students are enrolled in Levels 3–Professional Division of the School.
  • Scholarships for DanceChance I and II students cost a total of $88,000 for the year.
  • Transportation costs for the year will total $45,000.
  • Classroom teachers at the partner schools reported 48% of students improved in their self-esteem while participating in DanceChance.  Teachers also reported that 62%of students improved in their interest in the arts.
  • Parents of DanceChance students reported that 63% of students improved in their positive body-image and 48% of students improved in their attitude towards school.
  • 100% of parents reported that their students had a positive experience in DanceChance.

Many DanceChance graduates have gone on to professional careers, including the following:
Carlos Cruz: Oregon Ballet Theater
Quinn Wharton, San Francisco Ballet, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago
Ken Mankin: Kansas City Ballet II, Ballet Austin, Ballet Met II
Eric Hipolito: Pacific Northwest Ballet, Ballet Arizona
Alice Cao: Ballet Memphis, American Repertory Ballet, Singapore Dance Theatre
Anders Southerland: Houston Ballet II
Enrico Hipolito: Ballet West II
Angeli Mamon: Pacific Northwest Ballet

Enrollment numbers of DanceChance students, 2014–2015

Seattle DanceChance I 66
Seattle DanceChance II 17
Level III 19
Intermediate Boys 4
Level IV 7
Level V 1
Level VI 2
Level VII 2
Level VIII 5
Professional Division 2
TOTAL 125 students

Seattle Partner Schools

Arbor Heights
Bailey Gatzert
Beacon Hill International
Broadview-Thomson K-8
Dearborn Park
Graham Hill
John Muir
Martin Luther King
South Shore K-8
Thurgood Marshall
Van Asselt 
Wing Luke 

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