Dance for Dance for Social Change is MDD’s community celebration and Dance Party of the Year! Our annual event raises critical awareness and funds needed to support our mission and programs.
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 5% of gross revenue with 95% going to programs. In COVID and with a virtual event, 100% of funds support our programs.
Virtual Dance for Dance for Social Change 2021 includes an online silent auction, a live shout out auction, special guests, performances, and testimonials, such as from Miss America 2019 Nia Imani Franklin in 2019, a dance lesson, and a virtual dance party featuring DJ Steve on Zoom. Virtual Dance for Dance for Social Change 2021 will again happen completely online, on the Mark DeGarmo Dance Zoom.
- 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!
Check out the map below to see our 2020’s event’s global reach!
Disclaimer for 2021 attendees:
*Photographs and/or video will be taken during the Zoom 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. If you do not wish to be photographed, please turn off your video camera during the dance party.
Our programs are supported, in part, by private funds from Friends of Mark DeGarmo Dance and by public funds from the NYC Council Member for District 1, the Honorable Margaret Chin; the NYC Council Member for District 2, the Honorable Carlina Rivera; Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation CARES relief funding supported by National Endowment for the Arts; National Endowment for the Arts; the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
We are also grateful for support from
Bay & Paul Foundations
Harkness Foundation for Dance
Hyde and Watson Foundation
Jody and John Arnhold
Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation
Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation
William T. Grant Foundation
Sarah Finayson & Lindley DeGarmo
Lawrence P. Holodak*
Marianne Egri* & David Thomas
*MDD Board Members
NY City Comptroller Scott M. Stringer
NY State Senator Leroy G. Comrie, Jr.
NY State Senator Brad M. Hoylman
NY State Senator James Sanders, Jr.
NY Assembly Member Harvey Epstein
NY City Council Member Margaret S. Chin
NY City Council Member Ben Kallos