Who We Are
Keane Sense of Rhythm is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.
Keane Sense of Rhythm, founded in 1997, has worked steadily to build community, and more specifically, to bridge communities via tap dance. KSR has provided over $150,000 in programming to children in public schools since 2007, all free of charge. We have also provided tap classes (including free tap shoes!) for periods of 1-semester minimum to youth in 8 different schools in and around the Twin Cities.
As a Tap Company centered around diversity, the majority of students reached by KSR are students at low-income schools in St. Paul, Minnesota. KSR teaches students from a variety of ethnic backgrounds, including Somali, Hmong and Latino; speaking a variety of different languages as their first language. According to St. Paul Public Schools, the student population across the district is 32% Asian American, 30% African American, 22% Caucasian American, 14% Latino American and 2% American Indian.
Approximately 34% of students are English language learners, 16% of students utilize special education services and 72% of students are eligible for free or reduced-price lunch.
Outside of the public schools, our tap classes reach students far and wide ranging in age from 8 to 80. We also serve seniors, primarily women, through our morning Tappy Hour classes for adults. We welcome and accommodate participation by differently-abled students in our classes as well.
Students, families of students and the Twin Cities dance community are key sources of our support. Our newsletters reach over 1,000 supporters and donations from individuals represented 13% of our 2016 monetary income. Historically, we have been honored to receive grant funding from the Minnesota State Arts Board, the Minnesota Regional Arts Council, the Target Foundation and the Jubilation Foundation.
Keane Sense of Rhythm is a place where students and professionals can share, grow, and explore rhythm and movement. From passionate beginners to seasoned professionals, we serve everyone.
Our goal is to go beyond creating dancers — Our goal is to develop human beings who understand the value of arts and arts education.