Los Angeles, CA (2021)

Debbie Allen Dance Academy

NMTC financing to fund the new construction of the Debbie Allen Dance Academy.


  • NMTC Amount: $12,000,000
  • Total Project Cost: $18,884,900


  • 21 FTE jobs
  • 75 construction jobs
  • 24,000 sq. ft. of real estate


Project Description

Debbie Allen Dance Inc. (DADA) used the NMTC financing to fund the new construction of the Debbie Allen Dance Academy. Construction is expected to begin in April 2020 and be completed in April 2021. The Project will be a 24,000 sq. ft. community facility will allow DADA to bring its dance and theater arts curriculum to low-income children, seniors, and other vulnerable populations in one of Los Angeles’s most challenged communities. DADA will relocate its existing 8,000 sq. ft. facility in South LA to the subject property site.

The project will allow DADA to partner with local community organizations and provide on-site programs that it previously could not provide. The new center will have more studios and will be able to accommodate twice the number of students. The new center will also have a 200-seat performance center which will reduce costs from rehearsal and performance space rentals. With the new center, the Sponsor will reach more students through its DADA Lecture Demonstrations, which are informal presentations on the art and history of dance that DADA gives to schools all over Los Angeles with specialized lessons plans for grades K-12.


Address: 2231 W. Washington Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90018

Census Tract: 6037221302

Voices from the Community

The NMTC will assist us in completing our new building and as a result we will be able to expand our programs. This new structure will be a landmark and serve as a beacon of light in our community. Above all the NMTC will assist us in continuing to use dance and theater arts to enrich, inspire and transform the lives of our students and the community.

-Norman Nixon, Co-Founder Executive Director, Debbie Allen Dance Academy, Los Angeles, CA

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