Founded by Duggan Hill in 1979, Boston City Lights has worked with thousands of children, from offering classes in Boston’s Parks and Recreation summer programs to preparing students for professional jobs with Dance Umbrella or the Coyote Theatre. Multiple news stories have tracked our success, from our original work with hundreds of breakdancers and our self-sufficient $1.5 million renovation of our current space (carried out by the trade unions with help from our staff and students) to our recent tour in London and Paris with 13 students, performing and teaching 250 underprivileged French children.

Students come to City Lights from every Boston neighborhood, with the highest concentrations in Dorchester, Roxbury, Mattapan, Jamaica Plain, and the South End. Our program is not just an after school, off-the-streets program, although the kids involved are generally off-the-streets, because they are too busy to do much other than training with us and school work.


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