| Apr 1, 2015
Spring Update and "Our Gift of Light" Performance Brings Awareness to the DEA Youth Dance Program
By Jill L. Roberts | National Director, DEA Youth Dance Program
Yorbita Elementary Spring Launch Performance
As we leap into spring, thousands of students in 33 cities around the United States prepare for DEA Youth Dance Program performances at their schools. This is an exciting time for the children as they have worked hard for 20 weeks with their fellow DEA YDP students to learn choreography, technique and performance skills. In addition, students are now applying for scholarship through the DEA Educational Foundation to continue studying dance long-term at a local studio.
Also this spring, the DEA Youth Dance Program is thrilled to announce a recent event in Los Angeles hosted by Fancy Feet Dance Studio. Each year, Fancy Feet chooses one non-profit organization to be the sole recipient of proceeds from their “Our Gift Of Light” charity performance to help people in need in their community. Students, parents and community members gathered for an afternoon of music and dance as talented young artists performed to raise support and awareness for drug resistance, artistic expression, and to support the important mission of the DEA Youth Dance Program. Two performances were held with performers ranging from 4-18 years old sharing talents in dance, song, music and theatre! Both performances were hosted by Jay McGuiness, lead singer from the popular group, “The Wanted”. A standing ovation for Fancy Feet Studio, donating 100% of proceeds (over $10,000) to help bring dance to at-risk children! This contribution will allow the DEA Youth Dance Program to expand to a new Los Angeles school and will allow for internship opportunies for Fancy Feet teens interested in being role models for younger DEA Youth Dance Program students in the community.
The DEA Youth Dance Program has a significant waitlist of over 100 locations. We are very thankful to our donors, such as you, for helping us to bring dance to more communities in need.
LA DEA YDP students with Jay McGuiness
Our Gift of Light
Our Gift of Light