The Dance Cooperative Mission

Photo Credit: Zoe Litaker

Mission Statement

The Dance Cooperative is a non-profit 501 (c) 3 organization committed to nurturing the dance community by providing affordable classes, rehearsal space and performance opportunities for those under-served artistically, culturally, and economically in the greater Wilmington area.

We are different from the current trends of dance studios in our approach dance. We strive to build well-rounded artists without fostering competition among dancers in our classrooms. Our goal is to expose the dancers to several styles and techniques and train them to find their strengths and individuality. Although we are predominately a modern dance studio, we focus on the whole dancer.

How the Dance Cooperative came to be…

The Dance Cooperative was founded by the following six dance professionals, who are bound together by the common goal of fostering a link between professional dance artists and our community:  Nancy Carson, Anne Firmender, Erika Meyerson, Suzanne Palmer, Harper Piver and Leslie Riley Searcy.

The Dance Cooperative has been in existence since May 2001 and moved into the first studio space in March 2003.  In 2013 we expanded into a two studio space located off Carolina Beach Road.  We offer technique classes for teens/adults and children’s classes.  All of our proceeds go directly back into furthering the Dance Cooperative mission.

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Wilmington, NC