Debbie Allen Dance Academy Gives Kids the ‘Opportunity to Dream’

Debbie Allen started her dance academy in 2001 because she wanted to give as many young people as possible – […more…]

The Debbie Allen Dance Academy

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(310) 280-9145 ext. 239
Director of Development: Dina A. Bartello


With a focus on disenfranchised Black and Latino communities, the world class faculty and staff members of the Debbie Allen Dance Academy use dance, theater, and performance to enrich, inspire and transform the lives of their students.

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“I’ve found that the most effective philanthropy — the kind that makes real change — isn’t merely about supporting causes. It’s about supporting the visionaries who take on those causes. For that reason, I’d support just about anything that followed the words Debbie Allen. And the truth is, I’ve seen the way Debbie’s Dance Academy transforms young lives. I’ve seen the confidence it instills, the way it summons the dreams and the grit and the self-esteem of children who’d been underserved, unfulfilled, hungering to express their whole hearts. Of course, dance is so much more than an act of creativity, as essential as that is. It’s a way of life — a kind of rigor and discipline and hard work that spill into any and every endeavor. Debbie should know; she’s turned her own extraordinary career as a dancer and performer into a profound teaching about life and service and self-worth. As Debbie herself has said, we dance to the same beat. It’s an honor to be able to donate to that beat as well.”

Wallis Annenberg
Philanthropist, President/Chairwoman
of the Annenberg Foundation

Help More Children Enjoy the Gift of Dance

DADA seeks your contributions to continue its multifaceted programming for children of all ages and skill levels. Your donations will help DADA give scholarships to students in its dance programs, provide its middle school students with STEM based learning materials, and maintain its outreach programs for a variety of community members. These include older adults, and women and children who have escaped domestic abuse. 

The nonprofit’s main goal is to make art more accessible for marginalized communities. 

“There’s so many things that you could give to here,” Executive Director Vivian Nichole Williams says. “And I promise you, we can find one that pulls at your heartstrings.”

Key Supporters

The Annenberg Foundation
Rhimes Family Foundation
Ford Foundation
Kobe Bryant
Tyler Perry
Berry Gordy
California Arts Council
Ahmanson Foundation
JJ and Katie Abrams
Joyce and Stanley Black
George Lucas Foundation
Johnny Carson Foundation
Thelma Pearl Howard Foundation
AIDS Healthcare Foundation
Los Angeles Chargers
ABC Disney
Will & Jada Pinkett Smith
David Kobrin
Debbie & Norman Nixon
Peter & Sandra Lowy