DANCE FOR SOCIAL CHANGE (DSC) is an annual arts and leadership summit that elevates the voices of New Orleans young artists (ages 13-18) to catalyze positive social change. The program is a collaboration of Dancing Grounds, KM Dance Project, youth leaders, and other local organizations from across the city of New Orleans. The 2017 theme chosen by program participants was Women’s Rights and Gender Equity.

DSC 2017 SUMMIT WEEKEND included two components: a day of action in support of women’s rights; and, a powerful series of original, youth-created, site-specific dance performances, followed by community action planning. All events are FREE and open to the public.

Saturday, March 25
Day of Action: Arts + Action stations, dance workshops, youth performances and more!
NORDC Stallings Center (4300 St. Claude Ave. NOLA 70117)

FREE All-Ages Workshops:
12:30 - 1:30p - Hip Hop with Tai (Dance Studio)
12:45 - 1:15p - Bounce Fitness (Basketball Court)
1:45 - 2:30p - Mother/Daughter African Dance Class (Dance Studio)
2:15 - 2:45pm - Bounce n' Line (Basketball Court)
2:45 - 3:30pm - Yoga (Dance Studio)

Youth Performances:
1:20p - Cocoon: Youth Empowerment Project
1:30p - N'Fungolo Sibo African Dance
1:45p - The Fearlist
1:55p - Artivism Dance Theatre
2:05p - Mélange Dance Company
2:45p - Conjured Roots
3p - DG Youth Company
3:15pm - DG's ARISE Academy 7th/8th Grade Girls Dance Class

Sunday, March 26, 1pm & 3pm:
Site-Specific Performances & Community Planning
Music Box Village (4557 N. Rampart St. NOLA 70117)


  • To expand young people’s understanding of how the arts can be used to promote social justice;
  • To build foundational skills in choreography, performance, communication, advocacy, and organizing;
  • To engage youth, teachers, parents, and community members in meaningful discussions around a common social justice theme; 
  • To create a citywide coalition of youth artists and activists who will become New Orleans’ future leaders.


To reinforce the importance of youth voice, the artists drive all decision-making in the annual summit, from the theme and location to artistic vision.  A select group of 10 artists, the DSC Youth Council, meet on Saturdays during the fall semester to set the vision. From January to March, up to 40 additional artists are invited to participate in the training and creation sessions with a group of professional artists and local advocates, culminating in the summit weekend. Our 2017 training partners include BreakOUT!, New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA), New Orleans Airlift/Music Box Village, Design as Protest/Bryan C. Lee, Arise Academy, Women with a Vision, Junebug Productions, Cocoon: Youth Empowerment Project, and New Orleans Youth Open Mic.