The Movemeant Grant:
In May of 2015, Performing Ourselves utilized Movemeant's grant to present its third annual showcase, “I Dance Because,” in the prestigious Madision institution Lathrop Hall, the home of the first college dance program in the country. This celebration of dance was a citywide collaboration with seven low-income community centers serving hundreds of girls in grades K-8.
Why is this grant important?
Dance has the power to change lives and impact communities, and every child has the right to dance. Our youth participants are ethnically diverse and come from households at or below the poverty line. Throughout our 30 weeks of classes each academic year, our program teachers develop excellent professional skills in teaching, mentorship and community development, along with powerful, emotional connections with their students.
About Performing Ourselves:
Performing Ourselves is a dance outreach project based in Madison, WI. Under the direction of co-directors Kate Corby and Mariah LeFeber, the program employs undergraduate dance students to teach dance and wellness curriculum to girls in local community centers. Performing Ourselves combines dance education, dance/movement therapy principles and performance to bridge the opportunity gap and empower low-income girls in the areas of embodiment, self-concept and resiliency.