Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Honors Thesis


Arts Administration

First Advisor

Brenda Johnston

Second Advisor

Susan McGuire

Third Advisor

Melissa Etzler


Kids Dance Outreach (KDO) is a not-for-profit organization that provides accessible, high-quality dance arts education to children in Indianapolis. Its mission is to positively impact the lives of all children through joyful dance programs that inspire excellence, instill confidence, encourage teamwork, and applaud persistence. In an effort to study its impact on the community, this thesis examines how the organization is guided by its mission statement and how it lives out this mission through its staff, stakeholders, and programming. For my research, I went on site visits to observe a KDO class in action, and conducted interviews with several individuals who are either members of KDO who work to live out its mission, or are connected to the organization and have experienced its impact. To successfully examine how KDO fulfills its mission, I connected the information gathered from interviews and observations to each quality within the mission: inspiring excellence, instilling confidence, encouraging teamwork, and applauding persistence.