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

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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 2015-2016 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.