Urbanity in the Community

Urbanity in the Community expands the horizons of Boston Public School students through culturally relevant dance instruction. The curriculum was first piloted in 2012 and has successfully been implemented at the elementary and secondary grade levels — both in school and after school. 

We introduce students to the fundamentals of hip hop and contemporary dance, inviting them to examine traditional and popular dance styles from Central and South America, West Africa, India and the Caribbean. By exploring these dances in a cultural context, students connect their own experiences to those of other peoples.

Urbanity’s professional teaching artists encourage individuals to discover their own choreographic voice and expression. Our instructors are equipped to work with English Language Learners and students with special needs, using movement to breakdown barriers within the classroom and beyond.

Participants who complete the program have access to high-quality dance instruction, performances and mentorship through Urbanity. Each student is invited to train further at the Urbanity School through our Access and Opportunity program.

Current School Partners:
Lee Academy Pilot School
Kingsley Montessori 
The Hurley School
Tartt's Child Care
Fenway High School
Prospect Hill Academy
Dudley Street Neighborhood Charter School
Women's Lunch Place of Greater Boston

If you’re interested in partnering with Urbanity, we are accepting summer inquiries until May 15th and academic year 2019-2020 inquires are now open. For more information contact us at community@urbanitydance.org


My favorite part was learning new dances and connecting more with people
— 8th Grade Student, 2017
I learned how to communicate with our body
— 10th Grade Student, 2017
It’s Lit
— - 5th Grade Student, 2017

Funded in part by the BPS Arts Expansion Initiative, a multi-year initiative focused on access, equity and quality arts learning for BPS students.