We would like to extend our congratulations to D.A.N.C.E. on winning $85 this past Thursday at SoupGrant!
D.A.N.C.E. is a non-profit committed to improving the lives of kids from 3-18 through the power of performing arts. ChaDorea Robinson, the founder of D.A.N.C.E., recently told us all about their work here in Lansing.
“Our goal is to provide affordable high quality arts training to youth from all socio-economic groups.”
Their S.T.A.R.S. – Students Taking Active Roles in Society – have high expectations held for them by the folks at D.A.N.C.E., but all within a fun, family-like atmosphere.
D.A.N.C.E. has been serving the Lansing community since 2007.
“We have never turned a child down due to the financial status of the family.”
In 2009, organizers recognized the need for pre-professional performance opportunities and S.T.A.R.S. Dance Company (SDC) was born.
D.A.N.C.E. is heavily invested in their participants in more ways than one.
“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.”
ChaDorea says that she saw a need for this sort of program while she was attending MSU.
“I realized that there were a lot of youth that were very talented and had an interest in performing arts. They always mentioned how they wish they could train in something they loved to do but never had the financial support.
“My passion for performing arts, youth, and my desire to invest in the Lansing community has led me to create D.A.N.C.E.”