Where everyone dances and young spirits grow!
House of the Roses Volunteer Dance Company, Inc. (“HOTR”) is a volunteer, 501(c)(3) organization that offers homeless and at-risk children free weekly on-site dance workshops at partner outreach facilities, such as homeless shelters and community centers, throughout New York City, as well as performance opportunities at outside locations.
The program provides constructive, disciplined and fun activities for these children and shows them that they merit the time, energy and interest of others. The dance workshops are designed to foster freedom of expression, healthy role modeling, self-esteem and respect for others. Through these workshops, the children work together to prepare for a variety of performances that celebrate their success and growth throughout the year. These performances give the children the opportunity to be recognized for their creativity and talent rather than their life circumstances.
The workshops are conducted by members of the organization’s volunteer dance company, which comprises dancers from a variety of backgrounds who share a common commitment to donating their time and talent to working with children. The dance company also performs, on its own and with the children, a repertoire that inspires creativity and caring.
"I would like to thank you for all the outstanding work you are doing for our children. It is through opportunities like the ones you afford them that they get exposure to different cultures and experiences to enrich their lives. My daughter is very fortunate to have met and worked with you."
--Yesenia, mother of HOTR dancer Rosa
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What We Do
Weekly dance workshops are held for the students at various centers across the New York City area and run through the school year. The workshops are typically 45 minutes for each age group, and each workshop is run by several dedicated House of the Roses dance instructors.
As a teaching philosophy, we focus on success. HOTR uses positive feedback to reinforce self-expression and creativity. Careful word choice, age-appropriate movement and an accepting environment allow the children to express themselves safely through movement.
In 2008, House of the Roses had seven outreach locations in the Bronx and Manhattan. Our weekly workshops bring dance (tap, hip-hop, ballet, jazz and more) and movement games to more than 200 children each year.