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The arts have a unique power to engage all children

and motivate them toward excellence.

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Engage an entire grade level of children during their school day.


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-Michael J. Johnson, Founding Director


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Confidence in Movement.


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Advanced Programs offered through scholarships.

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Established in 2012 the mission of Kids Dance Outreach (KDO) is to positively impact the lives of all children through joyful dance programs that inspire excellence, instill confidence, encourage teamwork, and applaud persistence.

 Through community partnerships around Indianapolis KDO shares its high-level dance programs with thousands each year.

The Kids Dance Outreach programs are designed to inspire and introduce young elementary school children to the art of dance, while engaging them in a process that equips them with the discipline, confidence, social consciousness and cognitive skills for success.  The project is the vision of Michael J. Johnson, founder and Chief Executive Director, to bring high quality arts education and performance opportunities directly to the children of this community, thereby enhancing their sense of self-worth, academic achievement, social skills and ultimately, their quality of life.


Through KDO’s programs children are inspired by the joy of dance and music as they’re given something positive to focus on, specific goals to attain, a sense of meaningful accomplishment and an appreciation of the Arts.  KDO main programs are offered free of charge to all students, and begin through community partnerships. As an integral part of our programs and mission, KDO strives to provide quality performance opportunities for all students, in order to motivate and engage them toward excellence. If you are a parent, or school administrator and would like to have the program at your school, click to learn more and contact us!


Each year, Kids Dance Outreach programs transform the lives of thousands of Indianapolis children. By becoming a donor, you will help bring our high-quality educational dance programs to even more children. KDO is a non-profit organization that relies on the generous support of foundations, corporations, and individuals. Help us change lives!

Click here to make a tax-deductible online donation today through our safe and secure form below operated via Paypal.

Printable Donation Form To mail in your donation, please print out and complete this Donation Form (PDF).  Mail the form (with your check, money order, or credit card information) to:

Kids Dance Outreach
456 N. Meridian St. #44801
Indianapolis, IN 46244
*Make checks payable in US dollars to: Kids Dance Outreach


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This past week KDO Associate Director Mónica Muñoz, and KDO IMAGINE Program Coordinator Sara MacGregor had the pleasure to take part of the National Dance Institute's DREAM Project! Like NDI, KDO believes in the power of Dance and how it can inspire all children to excellence! To learn more about KDO's programming and the IMAGINE Project visit #Dance #ArtsEducation #LoveKDO #KDOImagine #PartnershipsThatWork (Photo Credit: @nationaldanceinstitute )
We got our eye on the prize, and are ready for the BIG DANCE because #TeamKDO is once again going to be competing with some amazing non-profits in this year's @bracketsforgood Indy Tournament! Get ready for some good old competitive giving. Tip off is Friday, March 2nd at 8 pm! Stay tuned and find out how you can play and help us win $10k to further our mission! #LoveKDO #EyesOnThePrize #ArtsEducation #Dance #BFG18 @ipsschools
“Friendship is impossible to keep within yourself, it will always extend as far as it can reach to touch your hearts” Happy Valentines Day from all of us at KDO! #Friendship #Love #LoveKDO #ArtsEd #Dance #Indy
Some of our KDO Extension dancers jumping into February like...
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Meet KDO Teaching Artist Jackie! Jackie is an Indianapolis native. In 2003 she received her BFA from Butler University in Dance Performance. Immediately following, she became a member of Dance Kaleidoscope – Professional Modern Dance Company in Indianapolis, IN. She has been teaching classical modern, ballet, jazz, and is a certified yoga instructor since 2008. She has been a guest choreographer for various companies such as Dance Kaleidoscope, Motus Dance Theatre, and Kenyetta Dance Company. #LoveKDO #TeamWork #Indy #Dance #ArtsEducation #Artist To learn more about KDO’s Team visit
Meet Leah Bailey! KDO Teaching Artist. Leah received her early training at the Raleigh School of Ballet. There, she performed classical and contemporary works as a member of the pre-professional ballet company Raleigh Dance Theatre. In 2015, she graduated cum laude with a Bachelors of Arts in Dance from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Additionally, she completed Charlotte Ballet’s (formerly North Carolina Dance Theater) Certificate in Professional Training program, studying under Patricia McBride, Kathryn Moriarty, and Mark Diamond. #LoveKDO #TeamWork #Indy #Dance #ArtsEducation #Artist To learn more about KDO’s Team visit