Dance for Dance for Social Change is MDD’s community celebration! Our annual event raises critical awareness and funds needed to support our mission and programs. 

Tickets, Donations, and Sponsorships can be found here.

Silent Auction can be found here on Bidding Owl.

Donations by Check: Dynamic Forms, Inc., 107 Suffolk Street, #310, New York, NY 10002

We use dance to engage and empower NYC students through performance and education. For over a decade, MDD has produced the annual event with so much volunteer and in-kind support that direct costs pre-COVID were less than 5% of gross revenue with 95% going to programs. In COVID and with a virtual event, 100% of funds support our programs

Dance for Dance for Social Change 2023 is our 36th Anniversary Celebration! We will feature our 36-year commitment to bring impactful evidence-based dance education to disenfranchised and under-resourced communities and public schools across the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Queens. It will include an online silent auction, a live shout out auction, special guests, performances, testimonials (we received a testimonial from Miss America 2019 Nia Imani Franklin in 2019!), and a dance lesson. Dance for Dance for Social Change 36th Anniversary will be at St. Mary’s Church on the Lower East Side on April 20th, 2023.

  • Fun! Diversity! and Inclusivity! are traditional hallmarks of our event for more than 10 years. 
  • Ours is a family-style party where everyone is welcome and encouraged to join us!

Disclaimer for 2023 attendees:

*Photographs and/or video will be taken during the dance party.
By taking part in this event you grant the event organizers full rights to use the images resulting from the photography/video filming, and any reproductions or adaptations of the images for fundraising, publicity or other purposes to help achieve the group’s aims. This might include (but is not limited to), the right to use them in their printed and online publicity, social media, press releases and funding applications. 


Co-Chair Committee 2023

Pamela and Dawn Deardon
Lyn DeSantis*
Marianne Egri and David Thomas
Rebecca Ervey*
Elinor Ann Finlayson
Sarah Finlayson and Lindley DeGarmo
Lawrence P. Holodak*
Kathleen Kheel*
Lindsay O’Reilly
Barbara Sherman

*MDD Board Members

In Formation

Ex Officio Committee 2023

NY State Senator Brad M. Hoylman, District 27 Manhattan
NY City Council Member Erik Bottcher, District 3 Manhattan
NY State Assembly Member Harvey Epstein, District 74 Manhattan

In Formation

Inaugural "Dance Ambassador" Award

Mark DeGarmo Dance’s DANCE FOR DANCE FOR SOCIAL CHANGE 2023 Honors Dancer, Teacher, Director & Filmmaker Christine Dakin with its “Dance Ambassador” Award 2023; & Returns In Person on Thursday April  20th at 6:00-9:00 PM at St. Mary’s Church in NYC’s Lower East Side for the First time in 3 Years to Raise Awareness and Financial Support for its NYC Public Elementary School Dance & Literacy Programs.  


Christine Dakin, dancer, teacher, director, filmmaker, for four decades performing, teaching, creating dance from Siberia to the Americas, Australia to Europe, collaborating with artists and scholars.  She was principal dancer and Artistic Director of the Martha Graham Dance Company, honored to receive the Dance Magazine Award, a “Bessie” and Harvard University’s Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study Fellowship.  A decade at the Juilliard School, she is currently faculty at the Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre and the Ailey School.  

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Gelan Lambert, the presenter introducing Christine Dakin, is a 2022 recipient of the Drama Desk Award for Choreography for Paradise Square Broadway. Choreographer of The Royal Shakespeare Company, The Public Theater’s “Antony & Cleopatra“. Performance credits: Broadway/Nigeria/World Tour FELA!, playing the role of JK (rhythm tapper)/Ogungun; described by Ben Brantley of the New York Times as “the brilliant, tap dance artist suigeneris” ,The Martha Graham Dance Company, Sean Curran Company, Fosse (1st National Tour). He is a graduate of The Juilliard School BFA in dance, where he was awarded The Martha Hill Prize. His awards and honors are: Young Arts-1st Place, Presidential Scholar for the Arts, National Society of Arts and Letters-1st Place and a Jerome Foundation Fellow to Ghana, West Africa. And was awarded the Key to the City of North Miami in 2013. A principal artist and assistant to Reginald Yates. 


Mark DeGarmo Dance has honored over the past 11 years leading USA and global artists, educators, scholars, activists, and outstanding citizens concerned for the well-being of the USA and other world democracies and nations via the equitable education and access to the cultural arts of their citizens. “Educational Visionary” Lifetime Achievement Awardees have included educational theorist and social activist Maxine Green (2013); film actress, writer, director, and Co-Founder of The Living Theatre Judith Malina (2014); classical ballet dancers, choreographers and teachers Oleg Briansky and Mireille Brianne (2015); dance author, critic, and educator Deborah Jowitt (2016); dancer, choreographer, and dance educator Patricia Aulestia (2017); Inaugural “Arts Education Advocate” Awardee opera singer, composer, arts education advocate, and Miss America 2019, Nia Imani Franklin; and Inaugural “Dance Ambassador” 2023 Awardee dancer, teacher, director, filmmaker Christine Dakin (2023).  


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