Heart of Dance

A nonprofit organization

$830 Raised by 12 Donors

33% complete

$2,500 Goal

By the end of the residency, Eliana amazed her peers and teachers at Rancho Los Amigos in Juarez, Mexico. Although she acted out in the beginning, Eliana was especially involved and engaged for the Culminating Event. She helped younger students find outfits and practice the dance steps so they could participate in the final celebration. Co-Director Carrie Carpinteyro expressed, "It was special to see someone who wasn’t very invested in it in the beginning, show such kindness and empathy by the end.”

For Steve, a senior adult Dance for Life participant, “Dancing is good medicine! It helps me build up stamina, endurance and balance – it’s great exercise! Dancing affects my mental well-being, improves my concentration, and helps my social well-being. Through the rhythm of the music and being present with others, my spirit comes alive!” 

Our creative partnership with 2B CONTINUED was a creative way to promote mental wellness through physical activity during the pandemic. Tammy Diehn, Founder and Executive director shared, "It was an exceptional, comprehensive program that aligned well with our mission to increase awareness of suicide prevention and support mental health and wellness.” 

As you can see, our program partners can attest to the ways our virtual, hybrid, and in-person program offerings continue to enhance engagement and motivation from youth and senior adults alike, instilling the value of humans truly seeing each other. Heart of Dance has grown and adapted to the challenges faced with the pandemic. Now, with adaptations in place to allow for social distancing, we are rebuilding! 

Our goal is to raise $2,500. With your support this Give to the Max Day, we can respond readily to the needs of our school and senior adult program partners by providing safe, quality Social Emotional Learning through virtual, hybrid, and in person instruction.

As life slowly gets back to normal, our programs are regenerating, once again helping people discover all that they can be through partner dance. Youth, senior adults, veterans, and communities of all walks of life are offered an environment in which to connect and thrive. We are reflecting on how we can continue to improve this 25+ year old evidence based program, embracing more culturally responsive practices and updating to current social references in our teaching, ensuring Dancing Classrooms remains relevant to today's youth.

As we begin to rise out of this long isolation, our work is truly integral to bringing people together across age, gender, and cultures. Our programs create a safe space for people with different lived experiences to work together, take on challenges and master new skills, look each other in the eye, and treat one another with respect. When strangers become friends, racial, cultural, and economic differences are embraced and celebrated. At a time when many nonprofits have closed, Heart of Dance has responded nimbly and become stronger. Now, with your investment, we are regenerating. Together, we will continue to connect hearts and minds, empower people, and ensure a more joyful future for young and old! 

Your ongoing support, of both time and money, means more youth will feel connected and that they belong. More senior adults will be active, healthy, and engaged with the world around them. Both are critical after the isolation of the pandemic.

Thanks to your generosity, together we will continue transforming lives, one student, one dance step at a time.

Heart of Dance is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt non-profit organization. Gifts to Heart of Dance are tax-deductible according to IRS regulations. Written acknowledgment of your gift will be sent to the address you provide.

Families really appreciated the opportunity to learn together about the origin of each dance, in addition to putting the dance rhythms and steps in motion to music. We returned to in-person classrooms this fall with a staff and volunteer vaccine mandate and social distanced “connectors” to maintain health safety while encouraging partnered teamwork.   “I noticed the sense of self-confidence that grew when they were able to try something new and see that they could do it. That’s a big thing for kids to feel that sense of accomplishment.” 





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Organization name

Heart of Dance

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Arts & Culture Education Children & Family

BIPOC community

BIPOC serving

Significantly impacted by pandemic

Significantly impacted by pandemic


3748 Minnehaha Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55406-2668


651 330 3750

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