Urbanity Dance is committed to empowering individuals and strengthening diverse communities through dance. Urbanity aims to engage people of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities, both in their own communities and in its studio spaces, by helping them discover the joy of movement.Urbanity Dance was founded in 2011 by Director Betsi Graves with three objectives: propelling contemporary dance to the forefront of Boston's cultural landscape; filling an unmet demand for access to training in diverse dance forms; and using dance as a tool for development and healing in local schools and community spaces. These objectives are fulfilled in the organizational pillars of Company, School, and Community.Urbanity Dance's Professional Company aspires to push the limits of contemporary dance technique, inspiring audiences with its cutting-edge artistry and unpredictability. The company is dedicated to providing provocative, visually arresting and musically stimulating performances for diverse audiences of all ages. Multisensory works spring from collaborations with composers, visual artists, architects, fashion designers, and light designers. The dancers are lifelong learners chosen for their sharp adaptability, dancing prowess, and creative vision.The School at Urbanity Dance offers high quality dance training in many different styles and genres for students of all ages. The faculty, all from diverse cultural and dance backgrounds, supports each student in their training by providing a structured, yet nurturing classroom environment that fosters growth, discipline, and fun. Urbanity strives to inspire generations of movers and dance enthusiasts who seek to explore the expressive possibilities of movement throughout all aspects of their lives.Urbanity's commitment to its Community spans a wide range of partnerships with schools, health centers, local arts institutions, enrichment camps, and juvenile detention centers through its three flagship programs: Urbanity in the Community, which provides dance curriculum to Boston Public School students who otherwise would not have access; Dance with Parkinson's, which uses movement to improve the mobility, balance, and coordination of those with Parkinson's Disease and other neurodegenerative disorders; and Movement Mends, which uses movement to empower and inspire those who have experienced incarceration, homelessness, or violence.These three pillars are not siloes, rather, they are an interwoven network made resilient through pan-organizational synergy and investment. Together the Company, School, and Community programs execute Urbanity Dance's mission to inspire, engage, and empower individuals and communities through the art of movement.Based in the South End, Urbanity Dance's first studio was a beautiful, intimate space on Shawmut Avenue. As demand for its programming grew over the next few years, Urbanity decided to leave its first home to open two other studios in the South End. In 2018, Urbanity Dance was gifted a new studio and office space on Harrison Avenue. Now operating three locations throughout the South End, Urbanity is serving more movers, community members, and audiences than ever before.