Created in 1995, the Project Dançando Para Não Dançar caters to the needs of approximately 840 children of eleven communities in the city of Rio de Janeiro (Cantagalo, Pavão-Pavãozinho, Rocinha, Mangueira, Chapéu Mangueira, Babilônia, Macacos, Tuiutí, Jacarezinho, Salgueiro and Santa Marta).

The work includes social and educational support to these children, enhancing the participation of the family, which is extremely important to the development of citizenship and a better quality of life. Besides dance classes, the children have musical practice and language classes (Spanish and German). The Association also offers social assistance services, medical and dental care and psychological support.


Over the last few years, the project has succeeded in enrolling more than a hundred children at the prestigious Maria Olenewa Dance School, of Rio de Janeiro Municipal Theater. Ten of these students were invited for specialization courses in dance schools and companies in Brazil and abroad, while five other students are currently monitors within the project.

Dançando is well aware that not all young people who benefit from the project will actually get into the job market as dancers, but they all have the same rights and opportunities and will eventually be able to use their artistic skills in many areas to improve the quality of life in their communities