Purpose

Dance changes lives.
We have seen it happen.


We have seen the eyes of young dance students lighten up. We have seen their smiles. We have heard their laughs. We have listened to the life stories of dancers. We have met artists and social entrepreneurs, whose purpose is to use dancing as a catalyst to help others shape a brighter future or use as a therapy to heal wounds. We have sat together with Jesper, a war veteran who spoke for the first time about his trauma on stage of a dance production.

Somehow, in our world, what cannot be measured stays unnoticed. Could there be a “21 grams experiment” for dancing, as there was one to hypothesize the physical weight of the soul?

The What Dance Can Do Project is a Zurich-based non profit organization (Verein). All people in our team are volunteers. We organize dance programs and events for children made vulnerable by poverty, illness or exile.  

The What Dance Can Do Project was put into motion by a group of people who believe dance changes lives and that all children should have access to music and dance.

The WDCD Project has two main objectives:

  1. Bring dance to children and young adults who are in a vulnerable place, may it be because of illness, poverty, exile – unfortunately the list can be long of difficult situations. We organize dance programs and events for children and young adults.
  2. Advocate dance as a spark for change and share the stories of dancers, how their lives were impacted by dance and what they hope their art brings to their audience.

How can we value what dance can do?
Dancing is everywhere. It takes many different shapes and colours. It is a call to the Gods and a bond between people. It is both new and ancient. Dance has such beneficial effects on the brain that it is used to treat people with Parkinson’s disease. A study conducted by the University of California shows that both observing and practicing dance trigger the same learning-related changes in the brain – this means both dance and watch dance have a positive impact on the brain!

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The What Dance Can Do Project was born from the desire to celebrate how powerful dancing can be. We meet dancers, choreographers and social activists all over the world and tell their stories  through text and photography. We give a voice to dancers who share their world-view and grow a network of artists who believe in what dancing can do. 

We use dance as a leverage for social inclusion and youth development. Our first source of inspiration was iKapa, a Cape Town based organisation.
We are honored to be supported by some of the world’s most famous dancers and choreographers. Listen to the stories of people whose lives were impacted by dancing!

The Project intends to show how dance is being used as an agent of change to heal, to lift up, to bridge gaps, and to give means of expression and a voice to those who might not otherwise have one.

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What Dance Can Do in the press

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