Chicago Dance Institute (CDI) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit arts education organization founded to use dance and music as vehicles to promote social-emotional development in Chicago's youth. Through in-school partnerships, residencies, and public performances, CDI operates as a catalyst to engage children and motivate them towards excellence. It was founded with the knowledge that the arts have immense transformative power and are the best vehicle for developing a standard of discipline, confidence, and expression.