Where everyone dances and 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

News & Events

Last Saturday, April 25th, House of the Roses children and volunteer Teaching Artists lit up the stage in Times Square at the annual Project Dance festival! Congratulations to all our dancers on a very successful performance!

Now, our dancers are busy practicing their moves and honing their choreography for other upcoming shows this Spring!

On May 2nd, they will perform at St. Joseph's College in Long Island as part of the school's annual dance showcase.

On May 16th, they will dance down the streets of New York City with more than 10,000 other dancers -- celebrating more than 75 styles of dance and cultural traditions -- as part of the city's annual Dance Parade.

And on May 20th at NYU Law School's Tishman Auditorium, all the children and Teaching Artists of House of the Roses will join together for our biggest show of the year, the culminating performance and celebration we call Roses Are Dance.

Roses Are Dance is open to the public, and we would love to see you there! Please Save The Date and stay tuned for more details.

Have questions? Want to attend a show or help out? Please contact Lead Teacher, Lauren Humm Fakete at hotradmin@gmail.com.

What We Do

House of the Roses is a volunteer 501(c)(3) organization that uses creative movement exploration to:
-- help underserved children and youth in New York City homeless shelters and community centers to achieve personal growth, broaden their sense of community, and garner recognition for their creativity and talent; and
-- provide volunteers with personal and professional development opportunities and connect them with others who share their passion for dance and service.

As a teaching philosophy, we focus on success. In every workshop and performance, House of the Roses uses positive feedback to foster free self-expression and creativity. 

In the current 2014-2015 season, House of the Roses is

-- Running weekly workshops at 6 homeless shelters and community centers across Manhattan, Brooklyn, and the Bronx;

-- Reaching 150 homeless and at-risk children and youth each week with our creative movement program; and

-- Organizing more than 40 volunteers as creative movement Teaching Artists and providing them with quality ongoing training.