About Us

Our Mission
Dizzy Feet Foundation was founded in 2009 by producer Nigel Lythgoe and director Adam Shankman, among others to support, improve, and increase access to dance education in the United States. Guided by a board representing all aspects of the American dance community, the foundation’s mission is threefold:

1To sponsor, fund, and/or support dance education programs which expose children in low-income areas to the lifelong benefits of dance education through and with local community organizations
2To provide scholarships to talented students studying at accredited or nationally regarded dance schools, studios, or institutions
3In conjunction with recognized credentialing organizations, to support and increase the quality of all styles of dance education in the United States.
Danae Rees
As a Dance Education Specialist, Danae brings many years of experience across the range of dance sectors. Born and raised in Brisbane, Australia, she studied at Queensland University of Technology, receiving a double Bachelor Degree in Performing Arts (Dance) & Education (Secondary).   She has provided dance instruction and training in public schools, studios and universities, covering a range of dance forms and teacher training programs. Whilst working in the UK as Head of Dance at Jo Richardson Community School in East London, Danae developed inclusive standards based dance curriculum across grade levels K-12, working closely with the feeder elementary schools and other dance teachers/organizations.  She integrated dance programs and special youth dance initiatives to extended creative and performing experiences for gifted and talented students, working on projects with; Wayne McGregor (Ballroom Scene for Harry Potter & The Goblet of Fire), Youth Dance England, The Royal Ballet School Project, The Royal Academy of Dance (school based teacher mentor), the Center for Advance Training Program (C.A.T) in Dance at Laban and The Place, C-12 Dance Theatre and others – helping to guide future careers in dance.  Prior to joining San Francisco Ballet, Danae was School and Community Alliance Manager at Luna Dance Institute. 


Nigel Lythgoe
Nigel Lythgoe
Executive Producer of “American Idol”
Co-Creator, Executive Producer, and Judge on “So You Think You Can Dance.”

Adam Shankman
Adam Shankman
Director / Producer, “The Last Song,” “Step Up 3D,” “Hairspray,” “A Walk to Remember,” and “The Wedding Planner.”.

Michael Thompson
Michael Thompson
CPA and partner in business management firm of Kaufman, Bernstein, Wertenbruch, Thompson & Robert

Mona Metwali
Mona Metwali
Entertainment transactional attorney and president of MetaMedia Business Affairs, Inc.

Lindsey Breeden
Lindsey Breeden
Vice President
Brand Builder, Entrepreneur & Speaker. Partner @ 47 B Street.

Nelson Diaz
Nelson Diaz
Vice President
Actor and Manager. Owner, A-Team Entertainment/DMG

Board of Trustees


I would like to volunteer my time to DFF. How do I sign-up?

DFF currently does not have a regular need for volunteers. When we do, an online registration form will be available for interested individuals to sign-up with an outline of how you can support our work.

Can you tell me what I need to do to sign-up to teach on one of your programs?

DFF does not directly operate any of the programs we fund.

Grants from DFF enable each organization/institution to use its designated funds to develop, support, or enhance its dance programming. Any administrative or teaching staff required by a program is the responsibility of the organization running the program.

Does Dizzy Feet provide support to organizations outside the USA?

In keeping with our mission, Dizzy Feet works to support, improve, and increase access to dance education in the United States. While we wish we could support deserving organizations/programs elsewhere in the world, there is still much work for DFF to do within the United States before we are can move our focus internationally.

How can I donate to Dizzy Feet?

Donations can be made through our website by clicking the Support Us tab in the header, from there you can simply follow the link to our donation page where you can make donations in a variety of ways: on behalf of , in memory of etc.

I am a choreographer and would like to send some of my work to Mr Lythgoe or Mr Shankman for consideration. What do I need to do?

We’re sorry, but we cannot accept any submissions of this nature. The work of DFF is centered around our mission of supporting, improving, and increasing access to dance education in the United States.

I would like to be put in contact with one of the dancers/choreographers on your board to ask them a few questions about what inspired them to start dancing. Can you help?

The work of DFF is centered around our mission of supporting, improving, and increasing access to dance education in the United States. Unfortunately, DFF cannot facilitate these kinds of communications with board members.

Contact Us

Mailing Address: Dizzy Feet Foundation, C/O UTA, 9336 Civic Center Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Dizzy-Feet-Foundation/130895624321
Twitter: @DizzyFeetTweet