Dance New Jersey


P.O. Box 1396
Montclair, NJ 07042
County: Essex


Ms. Lisa M Grimes

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To increase organizational capacity, membership and increase visibility throughout New Jersey.

Organization Background

Dance New Jersey (DNJ) is a service organization committed to advocating for excellence of dance and dance education in the State. In service to its mission, DNJ seeks to develop a strong funding base for dance in New Jersey, raise public awareness by cultivating relationships with community and civic organizations, funders, policy makers and presenters, and foster the artistic and administrative growth of its members through resource sharing, dialogue, and collaboration.

DNJ was founded in 1998 as a catalyst for collaboration and peer support among the New Jersey dance community. DNJ relies on its diverse membership and Board of Trustees to help dictate programming and shape annual goals and objectives. The membership includes over 400 dance students, friends of dance (press, retirees, dance enthusiasts), dance professionals (artists, choreographers, dance educators), and organizations and institutions (universities, dance studios, performance venues). The Board of Trustees is similarly diverse, comprised of representatives from member organizations, community businesses, related arts groups, and individual artists.

In April 2004, DNJ was granted state affiliate status to the National Dance Education Organization (NDEO), a link that further unites New Jersey's professional dance community and dance education community. As a state affiliate of NDEO, Dance New Jersey serves as an information hub for its members on national and state arts education issues. Through the affiliation with NDEO, the organization oversees chapters of the National Honor Society for Dance Arts in several New Jersey high schools and dance programs.

Lisa Grimes has been DNJ's Executive Director since August 2014. She holds a BFA in Dance from Montclair State University and is the Managing Director of Freespace Dance. The Managing Director since May 2015 is Cristina Marte who holds a BFA in Dance from Montclair State University and a Master's in Dance Education from NYU Steinhardt.

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