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Vince Comegys-DavisBy Vince Comegys-Davis
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Vince Comegys-DavisBy Vince Comegys-Davis
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About

"If hip hop has the ability to corrupt young minds, then it must also have the ability to uplift them." -KRS-One. 

Since its birth in New York City hip hop has sky rocketed to a global phenomenon, driving and inspiring generations of youth and adults alike.  Hip hop was born from turmoil and was used as a way to bring people of different backgrounds together for a good time and the only way this continues is by proper instruction.  For years, hip hop dance has been a side note to the dance studios in my area.  Only being used a tool to bring in students with no regard for the history of the hip hop culture and its true purpose.  Street Xpressions will fill this void acting as a studio that promotes the village mentality through the lessons of the culture.  These funds will allow us to secure our building and modify the space to maximize our impact on the community.  So let's answer this big question:

Why do we need a building? 

Street Xpressions will be a place where street and studio dancers can share what they have learned through their life in dance.  We have worked for years to build an inclusive community of students and teachers. But for all of our hard work, to date we’ve still had to operate in studio and social spaces where our ideals are not always catered to.

Here are our top 3 reasons getting our own space is important.

Our own space means we can offer an increased program of classes. We seek to offer more courses, on different nights / weekends to better suit our students schedules, to schedule more workshops, private classes and ‘intensives’, and to use this freedom to host guest workshops from specialized teachers.

Maintaining our own space is more cost effective in the long run. Street Xpressions has grown organically far beyond the expectations of the original idea.  It has, in many ways, outgrown its resources. Our options financially are either to reduce our schedule and to rotate out some classes and teachers, or to go for the next step, acquire our own premises, and continue to grow.

We believe that being a dance and art studio we must always strive to provide professional practices to best serve our students. Some students will have noticed that we are frequently at the mercy of the organizations we rent rooms from.  Our professionalism takes a hit when there are late openings, and other administrative hiccups. We hope that being self-sufficient will mean we are better able to run an organization we can all be proud of.

Risks and challenges

Right now, as a company, the main risk we face is failing to change - which is exactly why we're running this campaign! Without a permanent premises, we're spending more and more money on renting studio spaces across New Castle County, and our next step would need to be scaling back what we offer instead of expanding it. We really don't want to do that.

Regarding the building itself. We have to ask is it fit for purpose? Are there any problems with the building? To help us with these challenges we have professional experienced surveyors working with us and we hope that will avoid any surprises.

Like any organization, we've thought carefully about whether we can afford the rent once we're in - although we plan to offer daytime and weekend classes, our budget works even without these and we should be able to meet the rent even if we were to only offer a slightly expanded program of evening dance classes.

Our priority is to build on and maintain the creative, fulfilling and joyful space we've already made for hundreds of people, and we are absolutely committed to making sure that happens, no matter what.

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