The Dwana Smallwood Performing Arts Center will be an anchor of a dynamic Bed‐Stuy Cultural Micro‐district, providing a model for similar organizations to build community identity through the arts. It will host cultural activities, provide a place of artistic exchange and will also serve to empower and mold elite dancers and artists to develop, grow and compete on the world’s stage.


The Dwana Smallwood Performing Arts Center’s mission is to use dance as a platform to encourage, inspire, and facilitate the aspirations of young people by engendering within them discipline, pride, determination, humility, respect and an appreciation for the arts. We endeavor to plant seeds of possibility where previously growth and development has been perceived an impossibility.