Mark DeGarmo Dance

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About us

Mark DeGarmo Dance is a not-for-profit tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization committed to education and the arts, intercultural inquiry, and creativity. MDD works in yearlong, multiyear partnership programs with NYC schools, including public students and communities underserved in the arts, dance and aesthetic education.


  • In 2009-10, we worked with 2,025 students.
  • In the last 4 years, MDD taught 3,031 workshops in 177 classrooms in 7 schools.
  • Maintained relationships with partnership schools for 7 consecutive years.
  • Staff members have 150 cumulative years of experience in the arts and arts education.
  • 150 hours of adult learning opportunities through annual teaching artist training institutes.
  • Dr. Mark DeGarmo served as consultant to the NYC Department of Education's Task Force to develop the Arts Blueprint, serving 1.1 million students in 1,500 public schools.
  • A 2010 Columbia Business School Social Return On Investment study shows that for every $1.00 contributed, there is a $2.11 benefit to society from MDD's programs.

Dance and the arts are intrinsic to a creative, educated, and productive society.


  • Educate disenfranchised NYC communities–and children–about the roles of the arts and dance in society.
  • Promote intercultural inquiry and communication.
  • Create, perform, and disseminate original artistic work.

We believe that creativity is a human birthright and that the arts and dance:

  • Provide benefits to all learners.
  • Help individuals and communities make meaning of lived experience.
  • Open multiple pathways for success.

Private Funds from The Bay & Paul Foundations, Dana Foundation, Merrill Lynch & Co. Foundation, and Salomon Foundation. Public Funds from Manhattan Borough President Scott M. Stringer, National Endowment for the Arts, New York City Council Member Rosie Mendez (District 2 Manhattan), New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council, and New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency. Individual Donations from Friends of Mark DeGarmo Dance.


Contact information

Date Founded: June 1982

Government ID number: 13-3440226

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Phone: 212-375-9214

Fax: 212-375-9216

107 Suffolk Street, Studio 310, New York, NY, 10002, US

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