Dance is in our HeARTs - Connecting with our Neighbors

Posted on Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at 2:28PM

October was a big month for our New Outreach Program: Connecting with our Neighbors. During the first week of October we offered three lecture/demonstrations at our identified outreach sites: Tenderloin Boys and Girls Club, Mercy Housing's Columbia Park Facility and De Marillac Academy, a low income 4th-8th grade school. All of these sites are located within blocks or our studios at 7th and Market. We have continued to grow our partnership with Presidio Middle School's Dance Program and conducted a site visit there to kick off our fall 2012 collaboration.

On October 6th at Mint Plaza we hosted our first annual HeART of Market: Dance, Create, Connect event in connection with 24 Days of Central Market Arts. Geared towards families, the event was a true success. We kicked off the day with a performance by 22 dancers from a choreography workshop at the Dance Center led by DC teacher Stacey Printz and then segued into a partnering class between the performers and the audience. Pairings of parents & children and dancers & neighborhood youth filled the stage. The afternoon included three more classes in Bollywood, Theater Jazz and live marimba accompanied Zimbabwean Dance. Furthermore, our LBTP and BFA students shared choreography works from their fall 2012 programs. The Burning Man Project, a new neighbor in Central Market offered a participatory art station that encouraged individuals to re-imagine Central Market, and Tenderloin Boys and Girls Club Youth displayed their photography. It was amazing to see what caught the eyes of these young and gifted photographers who ranged in age from 6-18. Overall the event was a day of neighborhood pride and joy!

The week following we commenced our outreach classes in the sites listed above. The outreach program is unique in that LINES faculty are mentoring Training Program students as teachers at each of these sites. Two Training Program students have been assigned to each site and will continue weekly classes through mid-November. From the bubbling energy of the youth at TBGC to the class of 30 6th graders at Presidio, each site offers a different learning experience for our student teachers but one lesson is universal -that all the students are eager to dance. What a treat for these student teachers to provide an opportunity that has so clearly shaped their own life paths. Last but not least, students from De Marillac and Presidio have been selected to perform in the Training Program's fall season matinee at Z Space in San Francisco on Fri, Nov. 30th at 11 am.

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