Outreach

Transforming our community through dance education and performance.

The SNDF reaches out to our Westchester neighbors to make dance education and performances available to broad and diverse populations, including those traditionally under served or with special needs. Our student dancers come together from diverse backgrounds and understand the importance of collaboration and teamwork. Students grow into leaders, who in turn give back to their peers and community through a variety of volunteer opportunities, leadership roles and community performances offered by our school.

The Steffi Nossen Dance Foundation accomplishes its goals in:

School Enrichment Services from pre-school – high school: Our professional dance educators bring creative movement and dance technique in both in-school and afterschool residencies that foster curriculum as well as providing a direct arts experiences

Community Engagement: we partner with libraries, recreation centers, senior centers, and for scouting and other service organizations to bring direct dance experiences and performances for all ages to all members of the community

Adaptive Dance programs share the joy of dance with people with intellectual and learning differences, physical and developmental disabilities both on and off site

Professional Services: We present the work of emerging and established choreographers in an annual fall showcase; award choreography and music commissions; engaging artists in residence; award space grants

  • Studio dance classes at the Steffi Nossen School of Dance and offering needs-based tuition assistance for these classes – find a place
  • Dance performances for underserved populations: both free public performances and on-site performances and interactive experiences

OUTREACH PROGRAMS

Steffi Nossen teachers and choreographers bring dance to:

  • Schools and community organizations in classes, workshops and performances: dance educators teach at after-school classes and workshops in creative movement and various dance techniques.
  • Performances and interactive lecture/demonstrations by the pre-professional Steffi Nossen Dance Company and dance ensembles at your facility

Participants learn dance technique, develop self-confidence, and engage in activities that encourage focus, teamwork, and creative expression.

Adaptive Dance brings classes and performances to some of Westchester’s most marginal citizens: seniors and people with developmental and intellectual differences.   Classes encourage physical movements which promote kinesthetic intelligence and build gross and fine motor skills, activities that promote positive social interactions and self-confidence. They also emphasizes that dance is a form creative expression of particularly importance for individuals who have difficulty expressing themselves or understanding emotions.

Community Programs –through partnerships with more than a dozen community organizations and schools our dance classes develop creative self-expression, self-confidence, teamwork, and fitness. Our professional teaching artists offer high quality, developmentally appropriate dance instruction and performance opportunities in partnerships with WP Library, Chappaqua Library, Eastchester Library, Girl Scout troops, Theodore D Young Center, WP Youth,

After-school Enrichment and In-School Enrichment and Curriculum-based Dance Programs offer fun, creative and engaging instruction for all ages and abilities. Students explore diverse dance styles with our esteemed fully trained and insured professional dance educators. Sessions can be tailored to your curriculum and culminate in a performance. We have partnered with preschools (Armonk Montessori, Chappaqua Friends, Briarcliff Nursery), public and private schools (German International School,  Edgewood School,  RJ Bailey School, High View School)

We also offer interactive performances, school assemblies, lecture/demonstrations, and choreography for productions.

ANNUAL COMMUNITY CONCERTS AND OUTREACH PERFORMANCES

SNSD dancers, through participation in performance groups, offer entertainment through community concerts and educational demonstrations to more than 1,000 underserved and disabled children and adults across Westchester annually. In addition to the joy they bring, the dancers gain valuable personal skills as leaders and dedicated contributors to the vibrancy of our community. The concerts are free of charge to clients of social service agencies, inner city community groups, hospitals and rehabilitation facilities. CONTACT US if you are interested in bringing a SNSD performance to your agency.

The Steffi Nossen Dance Foundation awards financial aid and scholarships to students in need at the beginning of each school year. Financial assistance is needs-based and determined on a sliding scale.

The Foundation provides a variety of opportunities and other services to the professional dance community by supporting emerging and established artists. These include commissioned works, space grants for the creation and rehearsal of works, company in residence programs, as well as a venue for presenting new works in our Choreography Showcase.

“The ballet programs here at the center, offered by the Steffi Nossen Dance Group are a treasure in disguise.  We are not a traditional dance school center, but we do offer a multitude of programing.  A few of these programs are our Ballet courses.  The three courses taught by Steffi Nossen School of Dance are one of our most popular, enriching, and culturally diverse programs we offer at the center.  I couldn’t be happier with the Teacher, and the programming being taught during their classes.  We have had the opportunity to showcase some of the young classes at some of our bigger center events, only to cause excitement and pleasure.  They are classes that do not need selling for us as they are one of the few courses that sell out before the classes begin.  I look forward to many more years of partnership, as I truly value the philanthropic ideals Steffi Nossen’s organization possesses.”

Claudio A. Valenzuela

Youth Development Programming Coordinator

Theodore D. Young Community Center

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“I have been a children’s librarian for over 40 years and have seen many dancers present programs to encourage children to dance and I have never, NEVER seen anyone engage young children as easily, quickly and joyously as Kristina has done over the past month. She is truly magical.

Thank you for sharing Kristina with us. Klutzy though I am, she made me want to dance with happiness.”

Miriam Lang Budin
Head of Children’s Services
Chappaqua Library, NY

Sharing the joy and benefits of dance with all members of the Westchester community through high quality dance programs is our mission. Dance is a unique form of education that develops the body, the mind, the spirit, and character.  We believe that the enjoyment of dance is universal and has ability to transcend boundaries, bridge gaps, enrich the lives and enhance the potential of all people.

Dance should not be considered an elite art form; what matters is not what kind of person comes into our programs but what kind of people leave them.  We hope that all who are touched by our programs will “feel dance within them all their lives.”  (Steffi Nossen, our founder)