Elm City Dance Collective
c/o The Grove
760 Chapel Street
New Haven CT 06510
Contact Information
Address c/o The Grove
760 Chapel Street
New Haven, CT 06510-
Telephone (860) 450-9421 x
Fax 860-4509421
E-mail elmcitydance@gmail.com
Web and Social Media
Elm City Dance Collective is a New Haven based organization that provides a platform for an experiential and collaborative approach to dance creation, education and performance. 
At A Glance
Year of Incorporation 2008
Organization's type of tax exempt status Public Supported Charity
CEO/Executive Director Lindsey Bauer
Board Chair Lewis Beilman, III JD
Board Chair Company Affiliation Cornell Scott-Hill Health Center
Financial Summary
Projected Revenue $27,003.00
Projected Expenses $23,856.00
Mission Elm City Dance Collective is a New Haven based organization that provides a platform for an experiential and collaborative approach to dance creation, education and performance. 
Elm City Dance Collective began as a conversation between the founding dance artists in 2008, and was formed with the intention of creating a stronger, more vibrant home for contemporary dance in the greater New Haven area. The founders envisioned a non-profit organization that would create original, innovative contemporary dance in New Haven, and would also provide opportunities for others – dancers, movers, community members, all – to come together through dance. Central to this vision was, and remains, an intention to building community and connection through art. The organization was named Elm City Dance Collective to honor the significance of community and place, and to highlight the collaborative, welcoming, and partnership-based culture cultivated by ECDC. 
ECDC is committed to collaborating with artists and organizations in the New Haven area to have as broad an impact as possible, by improving and strengthening the positive dance ecology of the community; by offering performance opportunities to local professional dancers; by contributing to the presence of dance as an accessible public art; and by offering artistic development opportunities such as classes, workshops and open studio showings.
ECDC's artistic engine is powered by Programming Director, Lindsey Bauer; Artistic Director, Kellie Lynch; and Teaching Artist, Luis Rodriguez. This creative team - with the input, support and oversight of the Board - sets the creative direction for ECDC's programming and works tirelessly in the studio and behind the scenes to bring ECDC's work to life.  

In the past 12 months, ECDC has:

1) Premiered "If You Knew You Then", an original evening-length work choreographed by Kellie Ann Lynch in collaboration with the dancers. ECDC premiered the work at the historic Lyric Hall in Westville, New Haven, over two weekends for a total of 8 shows;

2) Achieved the goal of launching several different fundraisers: 1) A board fundraiser held at Barracuda Bistro & Bar; 2) An annual letter campaign in the fall of 2016; and 3) #GivingTuesday;

3) Taught adult classes for the community: 1) Open Company Class; 2) Master class series taught by ECDC dancers;

4) Developed ECDC’s youth education offerings for Spring 2016, Girls in Motion, at Betsy Ross Arts Magnet School; and Summer 2016, "Capoeira Amazonia" at the Eli Whitney Museum. 

5) Launched "People in Motion" an adult performance project for non-movers and movers alike using improvisation as a way to make a dance in the moment. "People in Motion" is designed to get people to move; inspire community; build confidence; and involve a broader community of people. People in Motion was supported by the Arts Council of Greater New Haven;

ECDC's top five goals for the remainder of 2017 are:

1) Continue to push forward with the development of original contemporary dance choreography in the studio;

2) Continue to grow ECDC’s youth and adult education through offering 1) Boys in Motion at the Truman School in Spring 2017; 2) Youth Movement Workshop, Capoeira Amazonia, August 2017, in partnership with Connecticut Capoeira and Dance Center and the Eli Whitney Museum; and People in Motion classes for Spring 2017.

3) Perform ECDC's "If You Knew You Then" throughout the Northeast region.

4)  Diversify our fundraising approach.


ECDC's top 5 most pressing needs are:

1) To more fully fund the artistic drivers of ECDC's creative work;

2) To fund and support the continuation of ECDC's original choreography and productions;

3) To fund ECDC's youth programming;

4) To expand and mature our Board of Directors to represent a broader, more diverse professional spectrum (Please contact ECDC if interested).

5) To support ECDC's documentation of the work (photography, video, website).
CEO Statement

Dear Great Give Community & Friends –

ECDC’s vision is to bring people together through dance. Our values are grounded in service and innovation. We serve the greater New Haven area by cultivating accessible dance opportunities for a broad community; and we innovate by creating and producing original, powerful, and beautiful contemporary dance for local audiences. We share dance and aim to create experiences.

We invite you to partner with ECDC to make the dream of dance a reality for a broader and deeper community in New Haven. We cannot do it alone, nor would we want to. Your support connects us and strengthens the capacity of the only contemporary dance nonprofit organization in this community. A healthy dance ecology contributes to the happiness and vitality of the whole community.

In partnership and gratitude,

Lindsey Bauer and Kellie Lynch

Elm City Dance Collective, Inc. 
Board Chair Statement

Dear Friend of ECDC,

Elm City Dance Collective (ECDC) stands at another point of transition—poised for a period of artistic and organizational growth. After eight exciting years as New Haven’s only organization for original contemporary dance, we are developing as a performing company; partnering with local organizations to develop our Youth Education Program; and growing our Board of Directors. I am very excited to be part of this transition!

As a non-dancer, I was drawn to ECDC because of the founding members’ passion, skill, and energy. Moreover, as a writer, I felt honored to join them—for I feel strongly that anyone who loves the arts should do all he or she can to support creativity and freedom of expression. And, I can attest that, whether we are showcasing community engagement projects or presenting our latest work, we put all of our hearts into giving our audience beautiful, innovative, high-quality performances.

I hope you’ll become one of our supporters, whether by donating or attending one of our performances—or both. You’ll feel wonderful for making New Haven a richer, more vibrant community—and we’ll love you for your friendship and generosity!


Lewis Beilman

ECDC Board Chair

Service Categories
Primary Organization Category Arts,Culture & Humanities / Dance
Areas Served
New Haven
ECDC's productions, classes, and the festival all take place in the City of New Haven. However, we connect with and serve a much broader community that reaches throughout Connecticut and the Northeast. We have performed all over Connecticut and in points outside the state, and we work with performing dancers and artists who hail from cities up and down the East Coast - from Rhode Island to Maryland - and who come in to New Haven to rehearse and perform with ECDC. We have students who drive to New Haven from as far as Hartford just to attend our adult contemporary dance classes. So although we are deeply grounded in New Haven, we serve a broader geographic area and we are always open and welcoming to all. 

"TINY SHORTS: brief dances in small spaces". TINY SHORTS is a colorful performance series - a wild festivity - that seeks to celebrate the diversity and vitality of dance. TINY SHORTS challenges choreographers and audience members to stretch their vision of what is possible for dance in unconventional spaces and invites audiences to engage with the pure entertainment of adventurous dance in small bites. 

Population Served Adults / General/Unspecified /
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Program is frequently assessed based on predetermined program goals Yes
Short Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe near term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program. This may represent immediate outcomes occurring as a result of the end of a session or service. Plans for growth and expansion of TINY SHORTS will take shape during an intensive planning process immediately following the festival. Measures of success for TINY SHORTS will be to (1) establish a partnership with an established, high-profile venue for a multi-year, annual presentation of the Festival; (2) increase the Festival run from one night of approximately 100 attendees, to three nights with at least a 30% increase in attendance overall; (3) increase and expand related Festival offerings, such as master classes, improvisational jams, and children's workshops, with 30% increase in attendance.
Long Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future and represent an ideal state. To position New Haven at the forefront of supporting innovative contemporary dance in the Northeast; to create a vibrant, thriving dance community that offers professionals, pre-professionals, students and community members access to high-quality local dance experiences.
Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact. We formally solicit qualitative feedback from (1) the artists we present at the Festival; (2) Festival audience members; and (3) ECDC dancers performing at the Festival. In addition, we track ticket sales, class attendance (if we decide to offer classes), and attendance at improvisational jams (if we decide to offer jams). 
Examples of Program SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success. ECDC has produced two Festivals; one in 2011, and one in 2013. Our 2013 Festival showed measurable success in (1) an approximate 45% increase in attendance at the Festival performance from 2011 to 2013; (2) anecdotal feedback from Festival attendees that the 2013 iteration was of very high quality with excellent artists presented; and (3) in 2013, we were able for the first time to afford to pay a small stipend to each artist we presented. This is an important measure of the professionalism of a production like this, and helps to attract an increasingly high-quality caliber of artist. 
Description Elm City Dance Collective offers excellent Intermediate/Advanced Contemporary Dance Classes as well as Beginning Dance classes to the community throughout the year. These classes offer one of the only advanced-level professional development opportunities in New Haven for dancers in contemporary technique. The classes are open to the community and provide a full-bodied, challenging movement experience for anyone who loves to dance. 
Population Served Adults / Adolescents Only (13-19 years) /
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Program is frequently assessed based on predetermined program goals Yes
Short Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe near term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program. This may represent immediate outcomes occurring as a result of the end of a session or service. In the short term, we measure our success by ensuring that high-quality, advanced contemporary dance technique classes are available to both the community at large and to the ECDC performing dancers. 
Long Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future and represent an ideal state. Ultimately, ECDC aims to offer additional dance technique classes. It is our goal that eventually, New Haven will be a hub of dance in the area, and the community at large will be able to access affordable, enjoyable, high-quality dance classes in a variety of movement forms.
Description ECDC creates original contemporary choreography in a seasonal rehearsal process throughout the year, and has done so on an ongoing basis since our incorporation in 2008. The organization has provided a platform for local as well as visiting choreographers to create contemporary work for regional dancers to perform. In particular, ECDC has funded the creation and presentation of the works of Artistic Director and co-founder Kellie Ann Lynch (If You Knew You Then, Almost Porcelain, Beauty Culture, SNAP), Programming Director and co-founder Lindsey Bauer (Contemporanea, Cityscape, Site Undone), Lynch and Bauer together (The BLUE Project), visiting choreographer Lynn Andrews (The Golden Record), and collaborative projects with multiple choreographers (House). ECDC also produces the presentation of these works in innovative formats, such as in "House", where choreography was staged throughout the rooms of three private homes in the Fair Haven neighborhood, and the audience was invited to walk throughout the homes to discover multiple embedded performances in each room. 
Population Served General/Unspecified / /
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Program is frequently assessed based on predetermined program goals Yes
Long Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future and represent an ideal state. ECDC's mission is to provide a platform for an experiential and collaborative approach to dance creation, education and performance. Central to our mission is a dedication to dance making, and it is critical for us to continue to make original contemporary choreography, provide performance opportunities to regional performing artists, present original, innovative dance work to a local audience, and contribute to a stronger dance ecology in the New Haven area. Continuing to create and produce new and original choreography is a fundamental aspect of our programming and something that we are very passionate about as an organization.    
Examples of Program SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success. We produce and present original dance work on a yearly basis in New Haven. Our audiences continue to increase; our most recently production of new work showed to two sold-out nights. 
"People in Motion" is a community engagement project open for adult non-movers and movers alike. It's an invitation for people to experience the power of dance through the practice and performance of improvisation. The project has 3 components: classes, workshop, performance. Classes will be designed to help build confidence and trust; promote a screen free and playful environment; increase social awareness and build community; and engage one's creative impulses; 2) The 2-Day workshop will apply the skills and tools acquired in our classes, participants will learn improvisational scores (guidelines) and how to compose dances in the moment. Participants will also learn how to perform and compose as an ensemble in the moment; 3) The performance will be a 30 minute "in the moment" dance performed by the participants. It will be open to to the public.
Population Served / /
Description Girls/Boys in Motion is an after school dance program geared towards middle school students in grades 5-8 at area New Haven Schools (Betsy Ross Arts Magnet School and the Truman School). The program is designed to help students gain confidence; learn to work in groups; create and compose choreography using Capoeira and dance vocabulary; build trust and the value of working together as an ensemble. ECDC partners with the Connecticut Capoeira and Dance Center to provide girl or boys to explore creative movement and Capoeira, a martial art form that incorporates dance, acrobatics and music. This program runs for during a month and meets 2-4 times per week. At the end of experience, the students show what they've done to parents, teachers, friends and the community. 
Population Served / /
CEO/Executive Director
Lindsey Bauer
Term Start Mar 2015
Email elmcitydance@gmail.com

Lindsey Bauer (Dancer, Programming Director, Co-founder, Graphic Designer) is a dance artist, teacher and choreographer. As Programming Director, Lindsey has been able to implement partnerships with community organizations providing after school movement experiences for children in the public schools and at the Eli Whitney Museum’s summer program. Her dance work has been presented in CT, MD and AZ. In addition to ECDC artists, Lindsey has worked with Olushola Cole, Adejoke Tubiyele, Rachel Bernsen, A. Beck and Nicole Manus. Lindsey is the lead teacher and teaches full time at Cooperative Arts and Humanities High School, mentors the seniors in their capstone projects and advises the National Honor Society for the Dance Arts Chapter.  She has a B.F.A from Towson University and an M.F.A. from Arizona State University. Lindsey loves experiencing dance in new ways and witnessing that experience in others. She is grateful for each day that she spends moving with ECDC and thanks everyone that makes this possible. 

Kellie Lynch
Term Start Mar 2015
Email elmcitydance@gmail.com

Kellie Ann Lynch is a co-founder and Artistic Director of Elm City Dance Collective. In addition to her work with ECDC, she has been performing and creating with Adele Myers and Dancers since 2008. She has also had the great privilege of working with Doug Elkins Choreography, Etc (NYC) for a number of years; and is currently working with Kate Weare Company in NYC. Other recent artists Kellie has worked with include Saar Harari and Lee Sher, Annie Kloppenberg and Nicole Stanton. Kellie's choreography has been commissioned, produced and performed throughout the Northeast including at Bates Dance Festival as an Emerging Choreographer. She has received artist fellowships in choreography from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and the Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism; and was an Arts Award recipient in 2014. As a Guest Artist, she has taught at several colleges and universities in the Northeast and continues to teach classes in NYC. Kellie holds a BA in Dance from Rhode Island College and a MFA in Dance from Smith College.

Number of Full Time Staff 0
Number of Part Time Staff 0
Number of Volunteers 3
Number of Contract Staff 6
Staff Retention Rate 100%
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 5
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 1
Female 5
Unspecified 0
Former CEOs and Terms
Millie VandenBroek Mar 2014 - Mar 2015
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
Non Management Formal Evaluation No
Non Management Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
Our creative model is strongly partnership-based, so that much of our programmatic work has collaborative components. For example, ECDC teaching artists have teamed up with the Truman School (New Haven) and the Connecticut Capoeira and Dance Center for the month of April 2017 to launch an after school dance program called "Boys in Motion" - targeted ages 5th-8th grade. The mission of the program is to help students understand, Safety, Teamwork, Achievement and Respect through movement. ECDC is also partnering with the Connecticut Capoeira and Dance Center and the Eli Whitney Museum this summer, 2017, to run it's summer youth program, "Capoeira Amazonia" - targeted ages 10-13yrs. There will be one, week-long workshop offered in which the students will study Capoeira, Samba, Creative Movement, music and Brazilian Folklore.
CEO Comments
ECDC hired its first part time Executive Director in March of 2014; until then, we had operated as an entirely volunteer-run organization. After a year of feeling pressed with the task of paying our first part time staff, ECDC decided that the organization did not have the operating budget to sustain a part time staff person. However, it is important to note that we have a dedicated group of volunteers who represent a broad and demographically diverse spectrum of our community and who have been committed to working with ECDC for many years. For example, we currently have 6 professional dancers rehearsing with ECDC on a volunteer basis, and this group of dancers represents diverse demographic groups and a much broader constituency than our volunteer staff roster of "3" would reflect.
Additionally, it is also important to note that ECDC's creative leadership is provided by Programming Director, Lindsey Bauer; Artistic Director, Kellie Lynch; and Teaching Artist, Luis Rodriguez. This team of three works in close collaboration with the Board to chart the course of the organization. These three leaders provide substantial human resources infrastructure, and all of them have been dedicated volunteers for the organization for over seven years. 
Board Chair
Lewis Beilman, III JD
Company Affiliation Cornell Scott-Hill Health Center
Term Mar 2014 to Mar 2018
Board of Directors
David Connor People's United Bank
Alyssa Esposito United States District Court
Ann Maley Brandford/North Brandford Pediatrics
Elinor Slomba Made in New Haven
Marisa Spittal Teach for America
Morgan St. John
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 5
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 1 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 2
Female 4
Unspecified 1
CEO Comments
As our organization matures, we are working to expand our Board to represent a broader and more diverse spectrum of professional backgrounds and points of view.
Additionally, it is important to note that the creative leadership of Elm City Dance Collective is provided by a team of three: Artistic Director, Programming Director and Teaching Artist. Both directors are collaborating artists and founding members of the organization. They set the creative vision for ECDC's programming and carry out the creative work in the studio and behind the scenes. 
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01 2017
Fiscal Year End Dec 31 2017
Projected Revenue $27,003.00
Projected Expenses $23,856.00
Spending Policy N/A
Credit Line No
Reserve Fund No
Detailed Financials
Prior Three Years Revenue Sources ChartHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201520142013
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$0$0$9,460
Individual Contributions$9,510$24,661$13,505
Investment Income, Net of Losses--$3--
Membership Dues------
Special Events$5,435$18,851$4,474
Revenue In-Kind------
Prior Three Years Expense Allocations Chart
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$22,520$38,222$15,973
Administration Expense$3,028$5,480$8,887
Fundraising Expense$2,101$4,577--
Payments to Affiliates$2,937----
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.811.031.27
Program Expense/Total Expenses74%79%64%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue13%10%0%
Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities Chart
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets--$0--
Current Assets--$0--
Long-Term Liabilities--$0--
Current Liabilities--$0--
Total Net Assets--$0--
Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201520142013
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountThe Community Foundation for Greater New Haven $1,000 --CT Office of the Arts $3,500
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- --The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven $3,500
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- --Arts Council $2,500
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets------
Capitial Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No
Foundation Staff Comments

This organization files 990 postcards in place of the full form 990.  They are not required to conduct audits.  

This profile, including the financial summaries prepared and submitted by the organization based on its own independent and/or internal audit processes and regulatory submissions, has been read by the Foundation. Financial information is inputted by Foundation staff directly from the organization’s IRS Form 990, audited financial statements or other financial documents approved by the nonprofit’s board. The Foundation has not audited the organization’s financial statements or tax filings, and makes no representations or warranties thereon. The Community Foundation is continuing to receive information submitted by the organization and may periodically update the organization’s profile to reflect the most current financial and other information available. The organization has completed the fields required by The Community Foundation and updated their profile in the last year. To see if the organization has received a competitive grant from The Community Foundation in the last five years, please go to the General Information Tab of the profile.


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