Dancewave provides access to a community dance experience that encourages individuality and whole-person development throughout New York City and beyond. Through innovative programming we use dance as an expressive vehicle for transformation. Dancewave’s Culture Model creates an inclusive environment for all ages, abilities, sexual orientations, racial and socio-economic backgrounds. The Dancewave Culture Model (DCM) is grounded in restorative practices, a social science that studies how to build social capital and achieve social discipline through participatory learning and decision-making. The goal of restorative practices in classroom discipline is to address the behavior, find a solution and repair the relationship of the student with the rest of the community. DCM is also guided by the Young Artist Citizens focus (YAC), which is designed to empower students to lead, take ownership of their learning, and become active members of their learning community.