THE WESTERN WIND FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP-BASED DANCE EDUCATION PROGRAM
With statistics evidencing poverty rates twice as high as the state’s average in segments of the Palm Springs School District, the 2020 Dance Project educational program was developed to provide dance scholarships covering 100% of the cost to avail a unique and rich dance training and performance opportunity. Thirty-three local youth, aged 13-18, received a scholarship.
The program was made possible through a generous grant from the Western Wind Foundation, donors John P. Monohan and the Alotto-Smith Charitable Fund, along with many individual scholarship donors. The additional support by collaborators such as The Palm Springs Unified School District Foundation, FIND Food Banks, and community volunteers all contributed towards the great success of the program.
2020 EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM DESCRIPTION
AWARDS & ORIENTATION EVENING
Wednesday, February 5, 2020
The Education Program kicks off with an awards and orientation night. Students, parents, dance directors, and underwriters are invited to attend this exciting and informative evening that lays out the roadmap for participation.
INTENSIVE DANCE TRAINING AND PERFORMANCE
Saturday/Sunday, February 8/9, 2020
Saturday/Sunday, February 22/23
Saturday/Sunday, February 29/March 1
Thursday, March 5
Friday, March 6
Intensive Dance Training will be provided by the Artist in Residence and include four hours of training each day: two hours of intensive dance training and two hours of dance education, totaling 24 hours which will prep students for the Dancin' in the Streets, and Community's Finest Dance Showcase performances in March.
ATTENDING THE MAIN EVENT FULL DRESS REHEARSAL
Saturday, March 7
Student training reaches its crescendo at the conclusion of the Education Program where they will attend the entire dress rehearsal for the MAIN EVENT. The dress rehearsal avails students a behind-the-scenes view into a professional production: the technical aspects of sound, lighting, and special effects. Here students will also experience a special connection to the professional performance, as their training mentors, BrockusRed, take the stage. At the conclusion, students will be invited to discuss their experience of the Program and complete a survey.
PICS FROM OUR FEBRUARY 5 AWARDS NIGHT!
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