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

Open Rehearsals Sunday, January 11th and Sunday February 1st!

Love dancing with kids? Interested in joining our team of Teaching Artists? Want to learn more about what we do? Come to one of our upcoming open rehearsals for new volunteers!

Sunday, January 11th, 4 to 6 p.m.: Open Rehearsal for New Volunteers

Sunday, February 1st, 4 to 6 p.m.: Open Rehearsal for New Volunteers Combined with Volunteer Training

DANY Studios, 305 W. 38th at the corner of 8th Ave., Studio 11

Any questions? Please contact Lead Teacher, Lauren Humm Fakete at hotradmin@gmail.com.

What We Do


Dedicated House of the Roses teaching artists run free weekly dance and creative movement workshops at centers across the New York City area throughout the academic school year.  The workshops are typically 45 minutes for each age group.

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 dance.

House of the Roses programming reaches children in Upper Manhattan, Brooklyn, and the Bronx.  Our weekly workshops bring dance (tap, hip-hop, ballet, jazz and more) and movement games to more than 200 children each year.