Help Fund the 2016 African Dance Outreach Program

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October 8, 2015 by Nicole

The Center for Contemporary Dance has a unique opportunity through a private donor who has agreed to match all donations up to $50,000 that are made by Thursday, December 31, 2015 in support of the organization’s 2016 African dance outreach program.

Designed to improve academic and social outcomes for at-risk youth and delivered in partnership with the National Dance Institute (NDI), the 15-week African dance residency equips 350 at-risk students at six Central Florida Title I public schools to masterfully perform alongside 25 professionals in a fully-realized African dance performance. Guest artists include dance legend and NDI founder Jacques d’Amboise with additional activities involving school-wide curriculum explorations in the culture, people and history of Africa.

The performance debuts in December 2016 at Orlando’s Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre.

Why support the 2016 African Dance Outreach Program for at-risk students?
Skills learned in dance translate across disciplines to improve student performance in academic and social arenas.

  • Surveys from similar past projects show that 88% of teachers noticed students demonstrating improved concentration and performance in academic classes.
  • 91% reported the project supported cooperative learning skills and improved participants’ ability to work together creatively.

How to Help

  1. Complete this contributor’s form to submit donations by mail or click here to donate online.
  2. Spread the word!

The donation match is in effect until December 31, 2015, so act quickly to double your gift.

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