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Dance education project for 60 at-risk children

by Fundacion Gramo Danse
Dance education project for 60 at-risk children
Dance education project for 60 at-risk children
Dance education project for 60 at-risk children
Dance education project for 60 at-risk children
Dance education project for 60 at-risk children
Dance education project for 60 at-risk children
Dance education project for 60 at-risk children
Dance education project for 60 at-risk children
Dance education project for 60 at-risk children
Dance education project for 60 at-risk children
Dance education project for 60 at-risk children
Dance education project for 60 at-risk children
Dance education project for 60 at-risk children
Dance education project for 60 at-risk children
Dance education project for 60 at-risk children
Dance education project for 60 at-risk children
Dance education project for 60 at-risk children
Boy in trapeze. Photo by Armando Millan
Boy in trapeze. Photo by Armando Millan

On September 7th, Danzarea’s students once again demonstrated their talent in the air and on the dance floor.

Panarama was the name chosen for this work of aerial and contemporary dance directed by Teacher Nereyda Rey, who is also the Director of Danzarea, Fundacion Gramo Danse´s social program. 

Panarama arises from a research process by our children and teachers in the Biodiversity Museum, designed by Frank Gehry and located in Panama City. Within the different rooms of this museum, our students learned about the formation of the Isthmus of Panama, and how it divided two oceans by joining two continents. The museum also offered information on the construction of the magnificent Panama Canal which caused a cultural and natural exchange. The exhibits inspired each one of the groups to create their own choreographies.

Using their skills in contemporary dance as well as and in aerial dance (trapezes and aerial hammocks), the students of DANZAREA, portrayed the problem of plastic in our oceans, the coexistence between Panama´s first settlers, and other important issues. The research and the creation of this dance piece provided a great learning experience for our students and the public that attended the performance. Panarama brings an awareness of the respect and care that we must have towards our environment, since we cannot survive without it.

YOUR SUPPORT allowed us to provide the opportunity for the children to learn about their history and culture through the creative process of dance. Panarama also allows children and teenagers of the program to reflect on all their year-round work.

Photos by Armando Millán and Ximena Varela

Thank you all! 

"Connections". Photo by Armando Millan
"Connections". Photo by Armando Millan
"Hunters". Photo by Armando Millan
"Hunters". Photo by Armando Millan
Two girls. Photo by Ximena Varela
Two girls. Photo by Ximena Varela
"Igneous Bridge". Photo by Ximena Varela
"Igneous Bridge". Photo by Ximena Varela
"Vision". Photo by Ximena Varela
"Vision". Photo by Ximena Varela
National Reforestation Day
National Reforestation Day

Last June, the team of Fundación Gramo Danse and its students celebrated DANZÁREA’S anniversary with an afternoon of games, magic and fun. We are very proud of our achievements for the past 11 years, and we are excited on what is yet to come, thanks to your support!

Since our last report in April, many things have happened and we are happy to share them with you:

APRIL:

We held “Beauty without Filters”, a fair for our students and their families. We worked with the children and young people to reinforce their self-esteem, their perception of themselves, and the value of the inner beauty that each person possesses.

DANZÁREA participated in the celebration of the International Dance Day. A group of our students danced for a large audience at the Balboa Theater. We are very proud of them!

MAY:

May 17th is National Recycling Day. We walked, researched, and learned about our environment and our city with visits to the Biomuseo (Biodiversity Museum) and the ruins and museum of Panama Viejo, the cradle of our city 500 years ago.

As it could not be missing, DANZÁREA takes a delegation of students to perform at the National Recycling Day Fair organized by FAS Panamá, where they had the opportunity to dance before the visitors of this celebration.

Our friends from the TV channel TVN visited our space. They produced and presented a report on DANZÁREA, in their segment "Gente que Inspira" (People who Inspire). They featured teacher Nereyda (DANZÁREA’S director) and Meibys, a student who has been part of our program for several years. (to see the video in Spanish, look for the link at the bottom of this report)

JUNE:

On June 14th , DANZÁREA opened its doors to family and friends, so they could appreciate the progress our students made during the past four months in the program. Parents and friends were surprised by all the new skills acquired.

Fundación Gramo Danse joined the 5th Reforestation Day nationwide, in an effort to plant 1 million hectares throughout the country in the next twenty years. Employees, volunteers, teachers and students of DANZÁREA worked in groups, to plant around 11 species of trees, from loggers to fruit trees in parcels of land at Universidad Tecnológica de Panamá (UTP) in Chorrera.

To close the month of June, we also had DANZÁREA’S teachers evaluations, who are currently implementing the new aerial and contemporary dance fusion curriculum created last year.

What comes next:

We are in the process of planning the third quarter and most importantly, the students´ annual show. This year it will be about the Isthmus of Panama and its biodiversity. SPOILER ALERT: It will be called "PANARAMA"!

We cannot say goodbye without announcing that on July 18th we will participate in a great Bonus Day, in which GlobalGiving will match donations over $100 received on that specific day. We would love to continue counting on your support, so if you want to join us in this campaign, do not forget to SAVE THE DATE: JULY18th!

Open Space Class
Open Space Class

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Instructor
Instructor's course

During the month of February, 45 students participated in our intensive summer course, in preparation for the year-round program 2019.

On March 18th, we initiated our year-round program in DANZÁREA. We have had significant progress in our effort to reach our goals for this year.

  • We held our first auditions for the year. As a result, 20 new students will be joining our program.
  • We also trained our instructors. The first stage of the training included teaching tools and techniques, and conflict management based on the Social Circus program from Cirque Du Soleil. During the second stage, teacher Monica Newsam, who came from the United States, trained our instructors in the application of our academic curriculum of aerial dance that was developed during 2018 together with DANZÁREA’s director, Nereyda Rey.
  • During March, we also had an interactive workshop on "Bullying" organized by our social worker and led by psychologist and volunteer Ana Raquel Ramsey. She shared her knowledge and experience with the children, to help them recognize problems of harassment, how to defend themselves and how to avoid being victims of bullying.
  • Also in March, we carried out, together with actress and theater teacher Mariela Aragón, a theater workshop for our children and parents, in which the students were able to share their love for art and culture with their families, and learn in a playful and safe environment.

Beginning this month, we will begin the process of formal registration of students, and we hope to keep the positive energy by working more and more for our youth.

Thank you all for your support

With teacher Monica Newsam
With teacher Monica Newsam
Bullying workshop
Bullying workshop

We at Fundación Gramo Danse, feel really happy with the success achieved during last year. 

We are very happy to announce that DANZAREA is continuing in 2019, and that we already have plans to make this year even better, by adding two important complements to our program: a Parents Club, to reach the whole family and have them engaged with our children's personal evolution, and a Tutoring Program, aimed to help the kids who are facing some specific academic issues at school. Both of this programs, are going to be planned and executed by our new Social Worker, who will be working close with the boys and girls of DANZAREA, to asses their family and personal situation, and recommend specific courses of action for each one of them. 

Of course this is big work we have ahead of us, but we are hopeful that with all your support we are going to be able to not only meet our goals, but even go further. 

Thank you.

On September 29th, the annual show of our successful social program DANZÁREA took place in Xielo, Gramo Danse.

"Insecticalia" had a cast of 55 dancers, children and teenagers between 5 and 17 years old who gave life to the characters of this original work, which relates the journey of "Elián" to the world of insects and spiders.

"Elián" is a child who likes to play with insects abruptly and mistreats them, until one day he is taken to the depths of his own garden by the protective spirit of the insects, where he coexists with them and manages to understand the evil that he has been causing them, and from that moment on he becomes their protector forever.

In "Insecticalia", the children and teenagers of the program tell this story with enthusiasm showing all the knowledge of aerial and contemporary dance acquired during the year.

DANZÁREA has taught aerial and contemporary dance to more than 2,500 children and teenagers from at-risk neighborhood such as El Chorrillo, Santa Ana, Curundu, Cabo Verde, Llano Bonito, Panama Viejo, Lefevre Park and Rio Abajo, managing to touch their lives through of the benefits of art and dance as a tool for social change, that instills in them leadership, conflict resolution skills, values, confidence, creativity, self-esteem and respect towards their peers, teachers and institutions.

Photos are courtesy of Luis Mendoza.

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Fundacion Gramo Danse

Location: Panama - Panama
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Project Leader:
Fiorella Macrobio
Panama, Panama
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