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Colvin Grannum, Council Member Letitia James, Rev. Al Sharpton and Public Advocate Bill de Blasio were just a few New York City Stars who danced at The Stars of New York Dance December 16 benefit at the Brooklyn Marriottt to create brighter futures for at-risk children in Brooklyn.
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The Stars of New York Dance is a charitable, thrilling and judged dance competition that will help raise dance scholarship funds for at-risk children in New York City. Please consider making a Year-End Tax-Deductible Donation to The Stars of New York Dance. You will help make dance and the arts more accessible to at-risk children in Brooklyn and help create a brighter future for them. Click Here.
Featuring dance students from the participating dance companies of The Stars of New York Dance
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The Stars of New York Dance is a charitable, thrilling and judged dance competition that will help raise dance scholarship funds for at-risk children in New York City.
Five New York City business and community leaders will step out of their normal roles and volunteer their time to dance and compete, similar to Dancing with the Stars, at The Stars of New York Dance. They are dancing and competing to win a $5,000 Access Award for their dance partner's dance organization. The Access Award will be earmarked to provide at-risk children in New York City with free, innovative and high-quality dance and arts education. The winner wins the $5,000 Access Award for their dance organization. The remaining four dance organizations will receive a $1,500 Access Award for their participation in the competition.
The Dancing Stars
Council Member Letitia James of Brooklyn's 35th District is dancing with Jamel Gaines of Creative Outlet Dance Theatre of Brooklyn.
Colvin W. Grannum, President & CEO, Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation, is dancing with Shani M. Worrell of Restoration's Youth Arts Academy.
WNBA Legend Kym Hampton is dancing with Lakai Worrell of Purelements: An Evolution in Dance.
Kenneth Smaltz, President & CEO, K. Smaltz, Inc. is dancing with Lauren DeVeaux of Asase Yaa African American Dance Theatre.
Jocelyn Taylor, President & CEO, JRT Multimedia, LLC., is dancing with Corey Baker of Ballet Noir.
The Dance Organizations
For this inaugural year, the participating dance organizations are based in Brooklyn.
Creative Outlet Dance Theatre of Brooklyn www.creativeoutletdance.org
The mission of Creative Outlet (C.O.) is to bring diversity and excellence to contemporary dance both on and off stage. C.O. strives to make dance accessible to young people and adults through training and inspiring presentation. It supports performing arts professionals and aspiring artists by providing fundamental guidance and offering a platform to develop, sustain and present their craft in a professional arena. Its programs also help to enrich the community by providing socially and culturally rich and relevant arts and education to local, national and international audiences. Creative Outlet fulfills a critical need in both the local and global community by using the performing arts to empower both its artists and its audiences.
Bedford-Stuyvesant Restoration's Youth Arts Academy www.restorationplaza.org/family-services/youth-development/youth-arts-academy
YAA offers quality instruction to youth, ages 3 to 19 years old in dance, theater, and African drumming. YAA provides arts training and professional development workshops in theater, dance, creative writing, and music to over 1,200 students and teachers at Brooklyn-based public schools through its Arts In Action community outreach program. YAA also offers a pre-professional curriculum package and holds auditions for its Youth Dance Company, which performs professionally throughout New York City and abroad. Students learn discipline, respect and artistic excellence in a supportive, creative environment.
Purelements: An Evolution in Dance
PE is an innovative performing arts organization that delivers high quality programming and ignites a new powerful and provocative energy around dance. With its own unique brand of dance—that fuses elements of modern, hip hop, jazz, ballet and African with voice, spoken word and musical theater—Purelements, inspires, creates and motivates a heightened level of artistic development in its performers, and delivers a heightened artistic experience to its audiences.
Asase Yaa African American Dance Theatre
Asase Yaa African American Dance Theatre is a collective of artists dedicated to the promotion, maintenance and transmission of traditional African Cultural Sciences. Asase Yaa’s ensemble of musicians, dancers and singers bring their collective experiences and artistic skills together to teach its audiences the connection between Africa and African Americans, and the richness of the African Diaspora. The company specializes in Ghanaian, Guinean, Cuban, Nigerian, Modern, Hip Hop and Contemporary/Fusion dance and music styles. Asase Yaa’s mission is to promote the cultural values and aesthetics of Africa and the African Diaspora, to offer positive images of African Diasporic cultures, and to promote the growth and raise the standards of performance of African dance and music to the highest level.
Evidence, A Dance Company
The mission of Evidence is to promote understanding of the human experience in the African Diaspora through dance and storytelling and to provide sensory connections to history and tradition through music, movement, and spoken word, leading deeper into issues of spirituality, community responsibility and liberation. Founded by Ronald K. Brown in 1985 and based in Brooklyn, New York, Evidence, A Dance Company focuses on the seamless integration of traditional African dance with contemporary choreography and spoken word. Through work, Evidence provides a unique view of human struggles, tragedies, and triumphs. Brown uses movement as a way to reinforce the importance of community in African American culture and to acquaint audiences with the beauty of traditional African forms and rhythms.
About The Stars of New York Dance
The Stars of New York Dance seeks to challenge and overcome the negative effects that plague at-risk children from underserved NYC neighborhoods. These children have increased exposure to urban risks such as crime, drugs, truancy and gangs. The Stars of New York Dance is committed to impacting the lives of children from these communities by providing them with high-quality dance and arts education that builds character, regardless of the children’s circumstances, and keeps them out of the path of these urban risks.
Arts funding is down in this recession and support for the arts is often considered expendable, but we know the power of the arts to transform lives. By providing children from low-income communities with access to innovative arts programming and curriculum, they have access to a creative and constructive means of self-expression that builds character and are ensured a brighter future with boundless opportunities.
To make a donation toward the $5,000 Access Award or one of the four $1,500 Access Awards, and for more information, please contact The Stars of New York Dance at 917-623-7299 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Stars of New York Dance is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a 501 (c) (3) non-profit arts service organization. Fractured Atlas will receive grants and funds in behalf of The Stars of New York Dance, provide oversight to ensure that grants and funds are used in accordance with outlined agreements, and provide reports as required by the grantor.
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