DanceChance Facts, 2014

  • Francia Russell began DanceChance in 1994 with four partner schools in Seattle.
  • Currently, DanceChance has 19 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.
  • Five DanceChance graduates have gone on to professional careers in dance. Eric Hipolito (Pacific Northwest Ballet), Quinn Wharton (Hubbard Street Dance Chicago), Carlos Cruz (Oregon Ballet Theater), Alice Cao (Singapore Dance Theater) and Anders Southerland (Houston Ballet II).
  • 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.

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
Emerson 
Graham Hill
Hawthorne
John Muir
Kimball
Leschi
Lowell 
Maple
Martin Luther King
Northgate
Sanislo
South Shore K-8
Thurgood Marshall
Van Asselt 
Wing Luke 

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