History

Heart of Dance is a Minnesota nonprofit, founded by Ember Reichgott Junge and Andrea Mirenda in 2015. Ember is an experienced nonprofit executive and amateur ballroom dancer. Andrea is an experienced dance business professional, certified through the National Dance Council of America. You can learn more about Ember and Andrea on our Staff page.

We are an IRS-designated tax exempt public charity ((501(c)(3)) so contributions to Heart of Dance are tax deductible!

Our mission is to transform the social- and self-perception of individuals living with a variety of challenges by personally experiencing the physical, mental, and emotional benefits of social dance. Our vision is that youth, seniors, veterans, and any individuals living with mental, emotional, or physical illness or challenges are renewed through the connectedness of partner dance.

 

We were thrilled to launch our first program during the fall of 2015, with the nationally-acclaimed and internationally-lauded Dancing Classrooms arts residency for fifth graders. This proven program—brand new to Minnesota—is offered exclusively by Heart of Dance. We will extend Dancing Classrooms to eighth graders in the future and as we grow, we’ll create independent programs to serve individuals of all ages consistent with our mission. Please see our Dancing Classrooms page for more information about the program.