How it all started…
In 1994, Millennium Dance Company began with three little girls in the basement of St. Mark’s United Methodist Church in Harlem. While surviving two kidney transplants, founder and artistic director Denise Perry was able to successfully expand her vision into a dance school where over two hundred aspiring dancers attend ranging from age two to adult.
Understanding community outreach and a need for the arts to remain alive in urban areas, Ms. Perry provides partial and full scholarships to those students that are in need and who display a high regard for the performing art of dance. However in recent years, the dance school has been receiving donations from local organizations, which help offset some of the tuition and administrative costs. Donations also help us provide dance attire required for students in need to participate in class.
The dance school offers various classes such as ballet, modern, jazz, tap, african, step, hip hop, and liturgical, etc. Millennium Dance Company also has a performing troupe, who appear at events around NYC and beyond. Throughout the years, the MDC performance troupe has appeared and danced at various venues including the Grand Hyatt, Apollo Theater, Waldorf Astoria, One Police Plaza, and Harlem Summer Stage. They also perform regularly at the historic Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem NY.
The highlight for all of the students of the Millennium Dance Company is the annual dance recital in June. This is a true community affair, where all of the participants— children, adults, and staff, get to share the performing art of dance with family and friends.
Millennium Dance Company is classic and timeless. It will continue to uplift the hearts and minds of children as well as adults, inside and outside of the Bronx community. Millennium Dance Company has no boundaries; the vision has expanded into a reality and will continue to grow for many years to come!
E. Denise Perry
Founder, artistic director
Ms. Denise Perry has been immersed in the world of dance for over 30 years. She received her Bachelor's Degree from American University and her Master's Degree from New York University. Ms. Perry was personally taught and trained by 3 legends: Martha Graham, Katherine Dunham, and Alvin Ailey as well as others such as Ella Moore, just to name a few. This led her to become the first African American woman to be certified in the Graham Technique.
She has been a teacher, choreographer, and mentor to thousands of young girls and women for across multiple generations, and continues to inspire and motivate young dancers to become more than they ever thought possible.