Metropolitan School of Dance Inc.
PO Box 14744
Oklahoma City OK 73113-0744
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Organization Does Business As (DBA) Name(s)
Organization DBA
Metro School of Dance OKC
Mission Statement
Metropolitan School of Dance, Incorporated: " Building character through the art of Dance. MSDI is dedicated to enabling students of every socio-economic background the excitement of personal accomplishment through dance. Our program lends attention to building positive self esteem, self confidence, self worth, determination, discipline, focus and personal accomplishment through arts education. MSDI trains students ages 3 through senior adult (essentially all ages) in ballet, Pointe', African, modern, jazz, tap, hip-hop and drama. Our in-house motto is "EveryBODY" has the right to dance. MSDI does not turn any individual away based on color, creed, ethnicity, size or physique, race or religious affiliation.
Contact Information
Contact Name Frances Pitts
Contact email
Address PO Box 14744
Oklahoma City, OK 73113 0744
Phone (405) 236-5026
County Oklahoma County
Alternate Address 414 NW 7th Street
Oklahoma City OK 73102
How to Give
Donate with Credit Card
Other ways to donate, support or volunteer
Donations are accepted by mailing your financial support via check to MSDI at P.O. Box 14744 Oklahoma City, OK 73113-0744, to charge by phone, please call us at 405-236-5026 or via our website at In addition, donors have the option of sponsoring a child to train in dance for one year for $650.  This includes training in all dance forms at our studio as well as all dance wear (leotard, tights, jazz pants and ballet skirt) and dance shoes (ballet, tap, jazz shoes) needed for classes. Potential donors may choose several categories of donating at MSDI, which include the following:
1) The purchase of a public transportation for 1 month $70.
2) Student uniform fees for one year $160.
3) Dance shoes $100.
4) One semester sponsorship $400.
5) One month of dance classes $100.
6) In-kind donations of goods and services are gladly accepted for technical support, office supplies, dancewear, portable sound systems, dance shoes, instruments specifically drums (Djembe) and or any items you feel are associated with training in both classical and cultural dance forms.
This is not an exhaustive list so please contact us with any questions you may have concerning your donations. 
Volunteer opportunities include fundraising events, in house performances to help with the ticket booth, ushering or dressing room assistants. Marketing and advertising, reception and studio upkeep or maintenance.
Financial Summary
Projected Revenue $78,100.00
Projected Expenses $74,975.00
History and Background
Former Names
Inner City Dance Institute, Inc.
Supported Organization Metropolitan School of Dance, Incorporated
Year Founded 1980
IRS Ruling Year 1991
State Registration Expiration June 2016
Metropolitan School of Dance, Incorporated: " Building character through the art of Dance. MSDI is dedicated to enabling students of every socio-economic background the excitement of personal accomplishment through dance. Our program lends attention to building positive self esteem, self confidence, self worth, determination, discipline, focus and personal accomplishment through arts education. MSDI trains students ages 3 through senior adult (essentially all ages) in ballet, Pointe', African, modern, jazz, tap, hip-hop and drama. Our in-house motto is "EveryBODY" has the right to dance. MSDI does not turn any individual away based on color, creed, ethnicity, size or physique, race or religious affiliation.
Metropolitan School of Dance has served Greater Oklahoma City for over 35 years. The organization was founded in 1980 by Laura Ward and Stacey Thomas-McFarland who shared a vision of reaching our at-risk, underserved youth through arts intervention programming. This vision and desire is not a new strategic initiative for MSDI but one that has been our passion since inception. Our program begin as Inner City Dance Institute and participants received sound technical training in ballet, tap, modern, jazz, African, Pointe', hip-hop, drumming and dance history, just to name a few. Further students attending classes within our studios will experience programming throughout the year that includes master workshops and community performance events for the advanced dancer.
Master workshops are conducted each season to expand the training and arts enrichment of participants as well as introduce dancers to all forms of dance or arts classes. The variety of workshops include but are not limited to drama, voice, media arts, drumming, salsa, merange', Native American and Flamenco. 
MSDI operates its programming much like that of our public school systems with classes conducted in the fall, spring and summer sessions. Artists involved in programming at MSDI are both highly trained local and nationally renown individuals.
Our focus is on proper technique with regard to the styles of dance we teach. Keeping that in mind, previous students have graduated from programming at MSDI to continue their training in national colleges and universities. Students have received scholarships to college as a direct result of the training received at MSDI. In addition, several dancers later became Miss Black Oklahoma, Miss Black America. Appeared on such shows as 'So you think you can dance".
We realize not every student will become a professional dancer. However each year MSDI receives testimonials of students who attribute their success in life and a direct result of the training, love, care and attention they received at Metropolitan.  
In the past year Metropolitan School of Dance has:
  1. Increased our number of under-served schools participating in outreach programming by 47%.
  2. Increased the number of participants training in dance in our studios by 34%.
  3. Increased the number of community performance engagements by 30%.
  4. Increased the number of underserved participants reached through our community outreach programming by 32%.
Goals for this season include:
  1. Accelerate marketing efforts.
  2. Increase community awareness of the services available to at risk youth and under-served families.
  3. Advance our arts enrichment programming to include greater participation for adolescents.
  4. Include programming designed specifically for seniors through a more creative aging approach.
Five pressing needs for MSDI include:
  1. Increased participation from community leaders by serving on our board of directors or governing body.
  2. The list of scholarship based applicants far outweighs our budget for these services so we need sponsors to host child for a year. The annual fee per dancer is $650.
  3. Our main studio has a metal roof that is in desperate need of insulation. We freeze in the winter and are over heated during summer months. Help is needed to insulate this main room of our facility.
  4. Marketing and advertising are a challenge for MSDI and assistance is needed in helping our organization meet the sign of the times through active marketing and advertising of the services offered by our organization.  
  5. Communication or media equipment needed for effective support of training through master class video conferencing (training). 
CEO/Executive Director Statement
What is important and distinctive about Metropolitan School of Dance is our ability to remain steadfast with regard to proper technical training in dance. We are not a school of competition. We are a school of sound classical and cultural dance. That successfully builds on creative proficiency of participants.
There are hundreds of dance studios out there who will charge exorbitant fees to teach children a routine, without every addressing body structure, age, physical development, safety in execution of technique and or limitations. That's not what we do. When students actively participate in the training offered at MSDI, they can walk into any studio across the nation and know what the instructor is talking about and more times than not be able to perform the required task. They'll know the language and understand what it takes to accomplish the movement.
They will train at MSDI while dancing in our studios while experiencing some of the finest master artist throughout the world. Metropolitan conducts master workshops that present world renown instructors or dancers each season. 
In addition, for years our organization has taken promising young dancers to conventions where they've received well rounded training that reinforce techniques in a variety of genres.
Metropolitan School of Dance continues to maintain a standard of excellence in the arts and arts education. Programming is cutting edge and is commensurate with the high demands the arts performance process. 
We are a member of the National Guild for Community Arts Education and one of 26 member agencies of Allied Arts in Oklahoma City.
Board Chair Statement

As Board Chair of Metropolitan School of Dance. It is my honor and a pleasure to serve as such for such a key organization in the community. My role is to assist, access and aide in addressing the needs of our underserved populous. One does not have to look very far when researching what organizations make the greater impact in the Oklahoma City area MSDI is where your research should pause for relevance and importance. I am but a small part of a much greater picture. I believe that the services we provide to citizens in the Greater Metropolitan area are stellar. I have through my service with this organization seen numerous lives changed. The smiling faces of the children we serve who’ve mastered a skill is immeasurable. Here youth will find a place of respect and acceptance.

From toddlers to young adults, Metropolitan School of Dance endeavors to meet the demands of positive development for all through arts education. The program is driven by the passion to positively affect every person who walk through our doors as well as in community outreach programming.

It doesn’t stop there. The instructional staff and administrative personal at Metropolitan are continuously advancing ways to reach more numbers. This is a small organization by comparison, however, it plays a key role in setting options for positive change for many underserved families. 

We all know the arts are important for balance in our lives. Heck, I can even remember the positive effects of playing in the school band. That experience stays with me even today. MSDI focuses on the very same live changing experiences for every participant, by coming together with a common bond though dance. I would say, in arts programming dance has got to be one of the most intimidating art forms. The audience is not listening to voices, or hearing the melodies of an instrument, but they’re watching you; the dancer and wanting to see what story you can tell through movement.

These are extraordinary experiences indeed that has landed past participants varying successes in adult life. From professional dancers to doctors, teachers, politicians, managers, lawyers, judges, professors and celebrity fitness trainers. It is astounding to know the gold nuggets received while training in this studio has carried hundreds of individuals through life. So we cannot quite, there are too many lives who still search for positive change, acceptance and purpose. The arts are something that is so needed in all and at MSDI is the vehicle. The dedicated staff at MSDI are motivated through sharing, caring and giving though creative processes.

Socio-economic background has no place here. Students whose families are in homeless shelters can find acceptance here. Some children are hungry, yes we feed them and then they learn. Children enroll who’ve experienced personal tragedies and loss and yet they find a voice in movement. Please make no mistake lives are changed here on every level. But we need your help!

We need folks who are going to step up to say I’ll sponsor 1 or 2. Or I’ll cover the cost of dance clothing and dance shoes. Every dollar you share goes directly to programming and student sponsorship. I’d like to encourage and even challenge you to not follow the norm, but set yourself apart by giving to the creative training of an at-risk child. Volunteer to serve on the board with us. Work a fundraiser, or sponsor a fundraising effort. Whatever is in your heart to do to advance our mission, we’re here, we need your help and we’re listening.

Respectfully submitted,

Monique Watkins
Board Chair, Metropolitan School of Dance, Inc.

Area Served
Area Served
Geographic Area Served
Central Oklahoma
Although most programming is dedicated to Central Oklahoma. Metropolitan School of Dance will train outside this area to perform and or conduct dance workshops. Primary cities include if you will Oklahoma City, Midwest City, Del City, Spencer, Jones, Norman, Yukon, Mustang, Moore and Edmond.
Service Categories
Secondary Organizational Category Arts,Culture & Humanities/Performing Arts
Tertiary Organizational Category Arts,Culture & Humanities/Performing Arts Schools
Summer programming is a 4 week activity occurring 2 weeks in June for teens and tween and 2 weeks in July. Summer dance camp focuses on students ages 6-18. Our Teen Camp Live is a 2 week session in June. While our Intensive Annual Summer Dance Camp presents 2 sessions one the last two weeks in June and weeks 2 and three in July, training for student 5-12. While attending camp students train in ballet, tap, modern, jazz, African, Pointe', hip-hop, salsa, drama, voice and media arts. MSDI host visiting artist both locally and throughout the nation to conduct these specialty workshops.  
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years) Adolescents Only (13-19 years) K-12 (5-19 years)
Program Long-term SuccessHelpDescription of the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future or represent an ideal state.
The success of summer dance camp is based on the number of underserved youth our organization reaches through arts enrichment programming. Our students have little to no arts activities within their home schools and are primarily underserved populations. Summer dance camp for them is an introduction to creative avenues of expression available to them through the Metropolitan School of Dance.
Fall through spring sessions of training at MSDI incorporate classes for participants ages 3 through young adult. Classes begin in early August and end the end 1st week in June with breaks for Holiday celebrations and spring break respectively. The Metropolitan School of Dance operates its sessions much like that of our public school systems. That is to say, calendar breaks and such mimic those of area public schools throughout greater Oklahoma City.
Classes are held all day Saturdays as well as Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday evenings throughout the week. Students who train during this time receive dance instruction in ballet, tap, modern, jazz, African, Pointe', contemporary and hip-hop. Over 90% of the families we serve have an annual household income of less than $16,000. Needless to say, many of our participants apply and qualify for scholarship programming which is on a first come first serve basis.   
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years) Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Program Long-term SuccessHelpDescription of the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future or represent an ideal state.
The ultimate change is to advance our overall mission of serving as many at risk youth as possible by introducing them to a positive alternation of expression through arts education.
Community Outreach programming at Metropolitan School of Dance involves our partnership with area public schools. In this partnership MSDI brings both local and visiting artist into schools that have little to no arts education component in their curriculum.
Traditionally, the artist we bring into these settings are successful individuals who attribute their success in life by way of arts intervention. Artist share their biographies with the audience and then conduct workshops within the schools. What is fascinating about these artist more often than not is that these individuals grew up in the same types of environment and similar family settings then those of the children we serve. It provides for our audiences a nugget of hope and an avenue of possibilities. Partnering schools are in all categories, elementary, middle school and high school students.
Outreach programming is a residency project presented through MSDI. We conduct 2-3 residencies throughout the fall and spring sessions. In addition, to bringing the artist into schools evening community workshops are conducted at our studio in Midtown. Visiting artist will set choreography on students in partnering schools. These same students traditionally join dancers at MSDI in public performances in our Winter and Spring Showcases.
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years) Adolescents Only (13-19 years) Blacks, African Heritage
Program Short-term SuccessHelpDescription of short-term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program.
Immediate outcomes can be seen in the eyes and smiles of the audience. Children who may for example have a learning disability can clearly find an avenue of acceptance and creative expression. Youth you may have been shy or introverted have suddenly shined as they display their creative capabilities. Even more compelling are those opportunities when the artist themselves miraculously see promise in a child, who remind them of themselves at that age and those are the families who seek further training in the arts at Metropolitan.
Program Long-term SuccessHelpDescription of the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future or represent an ideal state.
The ultimate change is to provide for participants and clear avenue of positive expression through art enrichment and arts education activities.
Program Success MonitoringHelpDescription of the tools used to measure or track program impact.
We know what works by the number of participants who continually enroll in added programming at MSDI as a result of their experience in their home schools.
Comments on Programs
CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments
The challenges faced at Metropolitan specifically address the lack of scholarship funding available to sponsor the many families who wish to enroll their child in classes. Metropolitan's percentages of underserved families far outweigh available sponsorship funding by more than 60%. 
In addition, many of the children who are training in our studios are in single parent homes, homeless shelters and foster homes. In dozens of cases these same families lack adequate transportation to bring their child to dance classes in our studio.
Currently, some families carpool to address the transportation challenges, some students are transported to training by some of our teachers and administrative staff. Until our organization can secure the purchase of a company van for those who need it, following up on arts training for our audience will be difficult. In addition, MSDI has a work study program that will allow a limited number of families to work off their tuition for students 13 and older or their parents by assisting dance instructors in the studio, or cleaning duties like mirrors, floors and rest rooms. Limited reception assistance and manning our booth at trade shows or annual fundraisers.  
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Frances Pitts
Start Date Jan 1980

Summary of Qualifications

18 years’ operating a not for profit arts agency. 35+ year experience in Business Management, Catering and Event Coordinator. One on One Customer Service experience, Staff Supervision, Public Relations, Community Relations , Community outreach Coordinator, Fiscal Management, Public Speaking, Fundraising, Event Planning and execution, Meeting and Workshop coordinator.


Special Skills

Executive Director of the Metropolitan School of Dance, Incorporated-Oklahoma City. Executive Chef-Sweet Blessings All Occasion Desserts and Catering. Over 38 years’ experience in the catering business which includes expertise in all areas of preparation for special events, wedding, birthday celebration, reunions, corporate events, board meetings, Holiday Celebrations, board and staff retreats, anniversaries, showers and retirements.


Employment History

7/1999 to Present-Metropolitan School of Dance, Inc. Executive Director


8/1977 to Present-Executive Chef of Sweet Blessings All Occasion Desserts And Catering/Owner Operator


5/2001 to 8/2008-Francis Tuttle Technology Center Accounts Payable Clerk


9/1992 to 10/1997-Southwestern Bell Telephone Company Service

        Representative / Sales Department Business Office

Multicultural Leadership Institute- University of Oklahoma 2000-2002


Oklahoma State University-Stillwater Oklahoma 3 years School of Business

        Management Completion

Francis Tuttle Technology Center-12777 N. Rockwell Avenue OKC, OK

        2 Years Culinary Arts-Food Certification-Food Sanitation          Certification

        20 Hours Groupwise

        10 Hours APEX


National Guild of Community Arts Education-Graduate Amici 2000 Boot

        Camp on Non-profit management


2200 hours training from the Center for Nonprofit Management in Grant Writing, Board Development, Strategic Planning, Resource Development, Effective partnerships, Collaboration, public Relations, Marketing, Public Speaking, Corporate and Community Alliances, Touring Programs and Residencies. 100 + hours training in event services planning.




Senior Staff
Frances PittsExecutive Director
Number of Full-time Staff 1
Number of Part-time Staff 0
Number of Contract Staff 9
Number of Volunteers 72
Staff Retention Rate 1
Are professional development opportunities provided? Yes
Does CEO/Executive Director have formal evaluations? Yes
Management reports to board? Yes
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 7
Caucasian 1
Hispanic/Latino 1
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 2
Female 7
Organizational Plans
Fundraising Plan Yes
Policy against commission-based compensation for fundraising consultant Yes
Communication Plan Under Development
Strategic Plan Yes
Number of Years Strategic Plan Considers 5
Date Strategic Plan Adopted July 2014
Management Succession Plan No
Organization Policies and Procedures No
Collaborative efforts include International Dance Studio teacher share, OKC Public Schools and Crutcho Public Schools, visiting artist residencies. Prairie Dance Theater, University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma City University, University of Central Oklahoma master class residencies and substitute teachers. University of Oklahoma Big Event Recipient.
Comments on Staff & Management
CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

You know Metropolitan School of Dance has been doing what we do for 35 years to date. We are not perhaps a traditional organization in the sense of reworking our program every few years to match the demand of corporate donors for example.

We are an organization dedicated to our mission. To change the negative direction a child using positive attributes. We are a place children will feel a sense of belonging, pride, love, nurturing and support WHILE infusing the arts into their lives. Our program supports STEM. Our program indeed turns STEM into STEAM. Adding the key element that makes a child wonder in amazement (sometimes) but more to the point, gleams with pride, in a sense of accomplishment and becomes keenly aware of more creative approaches to learning in every aspect of life.

We’re not changing, but we’ve seen throughout the year’s phenomenal changes in our young people, changes, that positively impact them for the rest of their lives. YOUR desire to make a difference through your giving to Metropolitan is far reaching and creates vast opportunity to inspire for years to come.

The challenge we face, are the many children we see you are seeking an chance, a sense of belonging. A sense of well-being, our challenge is very simply that our budget needs to expand to address the need.

Board Chair
Name Ms. Monique Watkins
Company Affiliation Francis-Tuttle Technology Center
Term Sept 2015 to Dec 2018
Board of Directors
List Current as of Jan 01, 2018
Board of Directors List
Mr. Kelvin Carrington ActorVoting
Larry Epps Voting
Andre' Francisco OKCPSVoting
Mrs. Terry Goforth OKC Public SchoolsHonorary
Mrs. Annette Harkless FAAVoting
Mr. Calvin Harkless Sr.Will Rogers World AirportVoting
Mr. Farooq Karim REES, AssociatesVoting
Ms. Barbara Miller RetiredVoting
Mr. Berry Pitts Leisure-Time RVHonorary
Sarah Rahhal Voting
Monique Watkins Francis TuttleVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 5
Caucasian 2
Hispanic/Latino 1
Other 0 1
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 4
Female 4
Board Term Lengths 3 years
Percentage of Board Making Monetary Contributions to the Organization 100 %
Percentage of Board Making In-Kind Contributions to the Organization 100 %
Board Orientation Yes
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Comments on Board & Governance
CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments  There is an opportunity for members of the community to serve as board members of Metropolitan. MSDI invite interested parties to contact our offices to request application to the same. Your may do this by either calling our office at 405-236-5026 or writing us at
Current Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2018-Dec 31, 2018
Current Year Budgeted Total Income $78,100
Current Year Budgeted Total Expenses $74,975
Financial Documents
IRS Letter of Determination
Prior Three Years' Financial History
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201620152014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Individual Contributions------
Investment Income, Net of Losses------
Unrealized Gain/Loss------
Membership Dues$7,584$6,665$7,733
Special Events$11,381$9,140$7,611
Revenue In-Kind------
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$59,668$52,172$63,424
Administration Expense$11,111$12,739$14,676
Fundraising Expense$8,682$5,978$4,510
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.961.030.98
Program Expense/Total Expenses75%74%77%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue17%12%9%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$4,935$8,341$6,199
Current Assets$1,421$4,320$1,174
Long-Term Liabilities------
Current Liabilities------
Total Net Assets$4,935$8,341$6,199
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Funding Sources
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountIndirect Public Support $39,210Indirect Public Support $40,781Indirect Public Support $43,729
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions $17,880Contributions $16,445Contributions $22,191
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountSpecial Events $11,381Special Events $9,140Memberships $7,733
Endowment? No
Endowment Spending Policy N/A
Credit Line? Yes
Reserve Fund? Yes
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Comments on Financials
CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments Transportation for students is continually a challenge. The need and interest are clearly represented in the community. We are hoping that civic minded community leaders will step up to the plate and assist in narrowing the gap for successful accessibility.
Foundation Staff Comments
All prior year financial information is from the IRS Form 990s.
Contributions may include foundations and corporations when the breakout was not available.
The financial information presented is obtained from the following sources: IRS Form 990, independent audit reports, financial statements – board approved when available, and supplemental information from the organization. We do not warrant or guarantee the timeliness, errors or inaccuracies. With respect to information regarding financial performance, nothing on this website should be interpreted as a statement or interpretation by OCCF staff.
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Address PO Box 14744
Oklahoma City, OK 73113 0744
Primary Phone 405 236-5026
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CEO/Executive Director Frances Pitts
Board Chair Ms. Monique Watkins
Board Chair Company Affiliation Francis-Tuttle Technology Center


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