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 Urban Cadance

In 2020, when it became clear that the world needed more joy and inclusion, I founded Urban Cadance. My mission has been to create a safe and welcoming place for all students. Urban Cadance is a scholarship program that partners with local dance schools to ensure that any child who wants to dance has the opportunity. I am overjoyed to have donated $18,000 in scholarship money to The School at Open Space and Northwest Classical Ballet so far. I believe there is a place for everyone in dance, but this is an ongoing pursuit, and evolving the dance community requires continuous effort. Every donation matters, and 100% of contributions go directly to scholarships.

urban cadance

providing a pathway to dance

We are committed to make dance an inclusive environment for any student who has the desire to dance.

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Urban Cadance provides an accessible environment for youth to explore and discover their sense of self with the intention of strengthening their self esteem and establishing self discipline. Through dance, we cultivate self empowerment and accomplishment.

How To Help

Urban Cadance is a scholarship fund providing opportunities for students to dance at schools around the Portland and Vancouver area. We are committed to creating a safe space for all to explore movement, find empowerment within themselves, and ensure that the schools we partner with share the same values.


$75 = 1 month of dance for a little artist

$225= 1 month of dance for a level 3 artist

$375= 1 month of dance for a level 5 artist

$400 = 1 month of dance for a level 6 artist

$1175= A full year of tuition for a level 3 artist

$2000= a full year tuition for a level 6 artist

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With this initiative, our goal is to promote great opportunities for all students. With access to the right resources, people can become empowered by their own abilities and gain the confidence to fulfill their potential through dance. If you are a local dance teacher and would like to partner for a workshop please contact us, we would love to work with you!

Recruit A Student

With Urban Cadance's mission always in mind, we strive to find new strategies for dealing with how to make dance accessible to all. Advocacy is something that we take very seriously, and we are working each and every day to make a positive impact. If you know of a potential student who would thrive with the help of the funding of Urban Cadance, contact us to start making an impact with us.


At Urban Cadance, we are stepping up our efforts in addressing accessible dance. Support is by no means an easy feat, but through cooperation and community empowerment we believe we can facilitate progress in this area. We are always striving to make a difference, and invite you to learn more and lend your financial support.

Founder and Director

Sarah Fuhrman

Sarah grew up in Portland dancing with The School of Oregon Ballet Theatre under Elena Carter. She worked as a company member with OBT for many years before exploring an opportunity furthering her training in St. Petersburg, Russia. Sarah continued her professional career with Colorado Ballet, State Street Ballet and Nevada Ballet Theatre. In Nevada, Sarah worked as rehearsal assistant to the company and the school, she also had the privilege of working with Cynthia Gregory who became a coach and mentor. Since retiring from ballet, Sarah has performed with Éowyn Emerald & Dancers, a contemporary dance company based in Scotland. Through her dance journey and with the guidance of Elena and Cynthia, Sarah has learned the value of finding one's personal voice through artistry and the empowerment that comes with setting and achieving goals with a strong work ethic. Currently, Sarah is the Artistic Director of Northwest Classical Ballet as well as teaching adult ballet at Bodyvox Dance Center. She uses her teaching platform to encourage dancers of all ages to find their personal empowered path through dance.

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