As summer winds down, I am proud to report that though Dance Daze in Schools is less than 1 year old (we were founded in September of 2011), we launched and piloted programs in Oakland, California, Bronx, New York, and Washington, D.C., and partnered with 2 universities to offer paid service-learning internships to college students, all within our first year of operation.
We are thrilled to share with you some of the ways we have been celebrating diversity within our organization by reaching out to unique schools across the country. In July, one of our interns taught bilingual (Spanish and English) creative movement classes at Mundo Verde Public Charter School in Washington, D.C. Mundo Verde is Washington’s first “green” school that focuses on bilingual literacy through project-based learning. Today, one of our interns began teaching dance classes at Yu Ming Charter School, a Mandarin immersion charter school in Oakland, California. Additionally, our fabulous intern is able to offer these dance classes entirely in Mandarin!
One of our biggest goals as an educational organization that works directly with schools is for our programs to fit seamlessly into the culture of the schools where we serve. As we continue developing partnerships with schools across the United States, we will continue working to strengthen our understanding of the culture and norms of the schools and communities where we serve!
We have several large projects in the works this fall! Stay tuned for more information!
— Saumirah McWoodson
Founder and CEO, Dance Daze® in Schools