We reached our $500 goal! Thank you! But don't let that stop you from contributing -- every additional dollar will be put to good use and will let us reach more students!
If we raise $750, A Chance to Dance will be able to accommodate more students, register as a non-profit, and the A Chance to Dance students will be featured in the spring show put on by Captivating Dance by Nona. If we raise $1,000 we will double the extent of the program and be able to offer it multiple years!
The average dance class in the Bay Area costs $600 per year, unaffordable for many families. The goal of my program, A Chance to Dance, is to increase access to dance classes for both boys and girls of ages 10-17, who live in lower income families in the Ravenswood City School District, and otherwise would not be able to participate in expensive year-round dance classes. A Chance to Dance will provide structured high quality dance instruction on a regular schedule throughout the school year, and an opportunity to perform in the spring recital. Classes will be free of charge, and bus tokens will be available to increase ease of access.
Support for A Chance to Dance
A Chance to Dance is partially funded by the Tutor Corps foundation. A Chance to Dance is also supported by Captivating Dance by Nona, who will provide the program with studio space (and liability insurance) for two one-hour classes per week in East Menlo Park. To complete the funding for this project, an additional $500 is needed for student outreach, transportation for the students, and stipends for the teachers.
Goals of A Chance to Dance
This project has three specific aims:
- My first is to enhance physical activity through dance, providing a regular source of exercise that is fun. This addresses a need among economically disadvantaged teens who have relatively lower physical activity and more TV time.
- The second aim of A Chance to Dance is to teach self-efficacy, that will last throughout the students lives. My program will motivate kids by educating them in all styles of dance: hip-hop, ballet, jazz, lyrical, contemporary/modern along with proper technique. They will set high personal goals and will gain confidence as they reach their goals by the end of the session. For some, their “work” in dance may translate to greater perseverance and confidence to set higher goals in school and in life.
- Finally, the third goal of the program is to provide good role modeling through ongoing relationships with teen dance instructors who are highly motivated in both school and dance.
The progress of these three goals will be measured. Hopefully through these weekly classes, kids who previously would not have been able to afford a regular dance class will rightfully have A Chance to Dance, and hopefully a chance to improve physical activity, self-efficacy, and motivation in general.
Thank you for your help! Your support will give 30 students (or more) a chance to dance in 2015!
Risks and challenges
Nona Ybarra of Captivating Dance has generously agreed to provide studio space and is strongly committed to supporting A Chance to Dance. However if for some reason the studio space were no longer available, this would present a challenge. As a back-up plan, the dance practice can take place in school facilities with portable music players and speakers.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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