Next Dinner: Citywide SOUP is Sunday, September 14

The Jam Handy, 2900 E. Grand Blvd
Detroit, MI 48202
$5 for soup, salad and a vote
Doors at 6:00 p.m.
Proposals at 7 / Dinner around 8 / Winner announced by 9
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May Next Step SOUP Winner: Dance Inc. went home with $2,332

dance inc

Project Contact: Rosyln English
Email: Roslyn.English@everyonelovesdance.com

Project Summary:
D.A.N.C.E. (Developing And Nurturing Community Empowerment – est. 2007) is a non-profit, 501(c)3 organization dedicated to impacting the lives of youth, their families, and their communities through the performing arts. Our goal is to provide affordable high quality arts training to youth ages 3-18 from all socioeconomic groups. At D.A.N.C.E., we believe in training the whole individual; all of our participants, who are referred to as S.T.A.R.S. (Students Taking Active Roles in Society) are held to a high standard in a fun, family like environment. Our Dance Training Programs provide our S.T.A.R.S. with rigorous, quality training in multiple styles of dance, including: ballet, jazz, acrobatics, tap, hip hop, modern, and more. In 2009, after recognizing the need to provide pre-professional performance opportunities and training to our advanced participants, we started S.T.A.R.S. Dance Company (SDC), a national award winning dance team comprised of dancers ages 5-18. Members of the SDC have been able to travel across the country to train and compete without financial barriers. Besides just training in dance, our S.T.A.R.S. are provided with free academic coaching to help them maximize their academic potential and are encouraged to become active within their community through community service opportunities. Since being founded in 2007, we have never turned a child down due to the financial status of the family. We would be truly grateful for additional assistance that Detroit SOUP can provide to assist us in continuing to provide quality dance training to the city’s youth.

Why does this project matter to the Detroit Community?
Almost 95% of our Program Participants require financial assistance in order to participate, many of which come from homes where the family income is below the Federal Poverty Level. This project is important for the City of Detroit (especially the Brightmoor Community) because it provides the youth with opportunities that they would not otherwise have access to We hope to provide the youth of the Brightmoor Community and the Greater Detroit Area with the opportunity to engage in a supportive arts training environment that will not only help them to grow artistically, but will prepare them for the future through an engaging curriculum which is infused with educational enrichment and character development.

How will you use SOUP grant funding towards the realization of your project? If D.A.N.C.E., Inc. was to receive more funds from the SOUP community, we would be able to expand our program to reach more Detroit youth and will allow us to continue to make the program accessible to all of the youth in the community who are interested. The funding will assist with making sure that all of our participants have the proper dance wear and equipment that they need to participate in the program. We are currently looking to acquire a larger space for the upcoming season so that we can accommodate more youth. The additional funds will help us with the cost of more equipment and building renovations necessary to run the program.

What were you able to do with the funds from the previous SOUP win?
The funds from the previous soup win were used to help provide our dancers with new tumbling mats as well as some Dancewear for classes, competitions, and special events.