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We are excited to announce that we are launching South Sound Dance Access, a non-profit organization aimed at increasing access to dance, movement, and the performing arts in the South Puget Sound.
Our Mission: South Sound Dance Access fosters a healthy and resilient community in the South Puget Sound through ensuring access to dance, movement, and the performing arts for people of all ages, as a means of mental and physical health, creative expression, and community building.
Our Vision and Belief:
We envision a world where people of all ages have access to the performing arts, dance, and movement regardless of socioeconomic class, race, gender, sexuality, or any other form of social positioning. We believe that dance and the arts can be life saving work that is vital for mental and physical health, and this belief is backed by emerging science regarding the body-mind connection, social emotional learning, and the nervous system.
What We Do:
We live out our mission through three main avenues:
* We bringing dance into the public schools.
* We offer community programs and movement opportunities to the public.
* We provide scholarships for low-income students to access studio training.
This year we are primarily focused on the development of our Dance in the Public Schools Program. We are bringing quality dance education to elementary schools throughout Thurston County, using a curriculum supported by Brain Compatible Dance Education (BCDE).
BCDE is an internationally recognized teaching methodology. BCDE is a structured methodology for teaching dance using a lesson plan and strategies that create an environment in which the brain is ready, willing, and able to learn. This holistic approach allows students the opportunity to become skilled dancers, critical thinkers, innovative creators, successful collaborators, and respectful responders.
To Bring South Sound Dance Access to your school community email us at: email@example.com
South Sound Dance Access is a brand new Non-Profit Organization. Our mission, goals, and strategy are stewarded by our Board of Directors and the functions of the organization are carried out by our Executive Director, Alice Grendon (pictured above in the classroom).
A note from Alice: I have worked in both the dance industry and the non-profit world for many years, and I am thrilled to get the opportunity to combine these skill sets in service of sharing the power of dance more widely within our community! I had the great privilege of growing up dancing under the tutelage of world-renowned dance pedagogue Anne Green Gilbert, creator of BCDE and The Brain Dance. I attribute this holistic mind-body education and creative outlet to fostering personal resilience in my own life and providing so many kids with the tools needed to navigate many of life's challenges and to counteract Adverse Childhood Experience (ACE's). It means to world to me to be able to give back to my community the powerful and lifesaving tools that have been given to me. I truly believe that mind-body education can create healthier kids and a healthier world.