In 2013 Dance Exploration, LLC launched our first 'Dance to Learn!'® in Title One Schools Campaign. We raised nearly $500 to bring free or discounted dance classes to two Title One schools in the Denver Metro Area. In 2013 we asked students, teachers and administrators to nominate schools in need of our services. We had four schools nominated, however, only raised enough to provide for two schools. This year we are hoping to impact more schools in need of after school enrichment opportunities.
In 2014 we ran our campaign again raising $135.00.
In 2015 we ran our campaign from September to November, but unfortunately did not raise any funds for our Title One Schools.
John Amesse Elementary
School 15 Students- 1 Free 6 Week Dance Session ($450)
Performed at a TedX Talk broadcast on Youtube
St Elizabeth's School
1/2 Price Enrollment for 5 Students ($216)
3 Full Scholarships ($108)
2015/2016 School Year:
2 Classes on Fridays. We offer 4 6 week sessions each year.
Our classes at Ebert have about 15-20 students enrolled.
Total Discount Provided/class: $70.
Amount Needed to Sponsor a class for 1 year: $1680
St Elizabeth's School
Offered a 6 week session. Discounted our classes $10.00 – offered program to family for $8/class ($64/total)
This class served 9 students
Amount Needed to Sponsor a class for 1 year: $2400
Montclair School of Enrichment and Academics
Offered a 9 week session. Discounted our classes $8.00 – offered program to family for $10/Class ($96/total)
This class served 7 students
Amount Needed to Sponsor a class for 1 year: $720
Johnson Elementary School
Offered 2 Classes a Week (9 Classes total) Discounted price $30
Class Served 20 kids
Amount Needed to Sponsor the Class for a year: $1080
Donation Break Downs:
An average school will pay Dance Exploration $50/visit for an afterschool dance program. This visit is for 1 hour of dance classes per week for a maximum of 10 children. ($300) Most schools have a need for 15-20 students. In these scenarios Dance Exploration charges $5 per additional student to help cover the cost of assistant instructors for student safety. (Up to $300).
Here's how your donation breaks down:
$50= 1 Free Class for a School
$300= 1 Free 6 Week Session for 10 Children
$600= 1 Free 6 Week Session for 20 Children
Here's a look at sponsoring individual dancers:
Dance Exploration charges $15 per class to students. Therefore a 6 Week Session would cost 1 student $90.
Here's how your donations break down:
$15= 1 Free Class for 1 Student
$90= 1 Free Session for 1 Student
$540= 1 Free Session 5 Students
$900=1 Free Session 10 Students
Why is 'Dance to Learn!'® in Title One Schools Important?
Studies show that students that attend Title One Schools or Low-Income schools are less likely to participate in afterschool activities. This can cause children to become more likely to get involved in illegal activities out of school, they are more prone to childhood obesity, and have a lower self-esteem causing a higher drop out rate. Students are also more likely to be below the average for reading skills.
Dance Exploration can combat all of these common threats:
1) By being in dance class, we know these kids are in a safe place, with a supervised adult.
2) Dancing improves balance, strength, flexibility, and general health. 'Dance to Move' is included in our core curriculum to guarantee participants in our classes are always active.
3) Dance can allow children a new form of expression. This can drastically improve self-esteem and help children that may be struggling in school.
4) Dance Exploration's 'Dance to Learn!'® Curriculum for Elementary aged students include reading, writing, and spelling activities to help children with their literacy and language development.