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What is Dane Dances!

Our mission is to provide a joyous social experience, through music, dance, and other activities that help facilitate improved racial relations in the Dane County and surrounding areas. As a result of this social interaction, there is an appreciation and respect that is developed for our diverse community. Dane Dances believes that everyone should be able to feel safe and supported and by doing so, simultaneously building diverse relations in the community.

Founded in 1999, Dane Dances is a non-profit volunteer organization committed to keeping Dane Dances free to the public. A generous grant from Madison Gas & Electric and volunteers from the Study Circles on Race Program made the first Dane Dances series possible, attracting people from all walks of life. The Dane Dances would not be possible without committed volunteers and corporate sponsors who reflect the spirit and generosity of the local community. Thousands of people come - young, old, single, couples or with families.

The music is as fun and diverse as everyone who comes to Dane Dances. Enjoy Funk, Latin, R&B, Jazz, Hip Hop and Reggae together. We welcome anyone who likes dancing, excellent music and food. You don’t have to dance, just come to have fun and meet new people!

Throughout the year, Dane Dances has many family friendly activities such as the Dane Dinners, where participants share a meal and get to know one another through continuing conversations.