We believe dance is a powerful means of expression that encourages personal growth across all areas of development. Our program cultivates the development of the whole dancer through the integration of a physical, cognitive, social and emotional curriculum. Gift of Dance supports the achievement and growth of all students, regardless of prior experience, skill level, or learning differences.
WHO WE SERVE
Our dancers come from under resourced neighboring communities including Bridgeport, Norwalk and Stratford, where budget cuts, limited means, and a lack of enrichment programs put students at considerable disadvantage. Many of these students face community pressures which have been shown to lead to learning and behavioral issues. Through the Gift of Dance Program, our dancers exercise their bodies and challenge their minds while developing social and emotional competence, which are crucial for success at school. Our dancers are exposed to a diverse community who lead purposeful, successful lives.
OUR EDUCATIONAL MISSION
To train young people in
the art and discipline of dance
To promote physical health and a healthy lifestyle
To stimulate mental and creative growth
To encourage social and emotional well being
To inspire a sense of possibility and potential
To motivate to set goals and take action
To empower with strength, confidence and knowledge
Our program was created by Directors Paul and Brian Herman and began with a generous initial donation in June, 2017 from Remi Fischer and her family. This donation funded the program for the first 4 seasons.
How to apply
Gift of Dance accepts applications throughout the year. You may apply anytime. Submit your application today!APPLICATION
Gift of Dance students
“This dance program has been the best part of my life… this program is where I can be myself…”
“I have had such a great experience.”
“…I have become a better dancer, made friends, learned to be confident as a dancer, and be happy, confident and
“ I would be both excited and grateful to participate in another semester of the Gift of Dance Program. Dance
means so much to me, and being a part of this program is opening so many opportunities for me.”
“…I’m able to express my feelings and my thoughts, and all the negativity in the world, just let it go. And I’m
thankful for the Gift of Dance because this has given me an opportunity to advance my dancing and showcase my
gift which I never thought I would be doing.”
“The reason I love to dance is because it makes me happy. I can honestly say that if I’m having a super bad
day, all I have to do is dance and it makes everything so much better”
We would love to hear from you. Please reach out!