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.
OUR EDUCATIONAL MISSION:
To train young people in the art and discipline of danceTo 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
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 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.
Move To Succeed
Committed to giving back, Paul and Brian founded Move To Succeed to provide programs and opportunities that guide students to set goals, commit to an education, become engaged and understand they can determine their own futures.