Is The Wooden Floor is expanding into Washington DC?
The Wooden Floor is not expanding into Washington DC; however, we are providing our model, for a fee, to an independent organization, called CityDance. This will allow our model, via CityDance, to help more under-served youth develop the tools and resources to be successful in school and life through dance. CityDance is an independently governed and financially independent organization. The concept of licensed partnership grew out of an ambitious strategic vision set in 2009 by The Wooden Floor’s Board of Directors to grow local impact over the following 10 years. The organization, which is still very actively engaged in plans to grow its local impact, has simultaneously been approached to explore avenues to impact young people nationally.
Will it be a franchise of The Wooden Floor?
CityDance is not a franchise of The Wooden Floor. CityDance will be replicating The Wooden Floor’s comprehensive model, and has shown to possess the strong leadership, proven outcomes, and financial sustainability to be a good fit for doing so. Unlike franchising or creating affiliates/chapters, The Wooden Floor will be providing CityDance, and any future partners, with fee-based consulting, training and curriculum development. The Wooden Floor’s copyrighted Theory of Change and programmatic elements will be implemented in their entirety by CityDance, while also providing them with the flexibility to adapt the curriculum, in order to meet the needs of the community they serve.
Will it be just like The Wooden Floor?
Changing lives through dance will be the mission of CityDance. Much of the same elements of a dance-centered curriculum and performance opportunities, coupled with academics and family service will be implemented. The initial plans for CityDance will be a phased roll-out of the model, moving it into its own facility in downtown DC, and implementation of The Wooden Floor’s curriculum to 375 youth by 2018. CityDance shares The Wooden Floor’s passion about how its approach to contemporary dance can change the lives of low-income youth.
What about the students currently served by The Wooden Floor?
The Wooden Floor is actively exploring growth plans within the Santa Ana area, and we hope to announce those very soon. As always, the 375 current students and the many future generations to be served through The Wooden Floor’s campus in Santa Ana are central to the organization’s goals and actions.