#DanceCharityOfTheWeek: The Time Is Right For Dancing In The Street
May 29th, 2018 by Richie Kormos
“Calling out around the world, are you ready for a brand new beat? Summer’s here and the time is right for dancing in the street…We’re dancing in New York City. All we need is music!” Martha and the Vandella’s sang these lyrics in their 1964 hit song, Dancing In The Street. A few things have changed since 1964. But the impulse to spread joy around the world is a concept that will never grow old.
This week’s #DanceCharityOfTheWeek is Dancing In The Streets, a non-profit organization that has been in existence since 1984. It was founded in the South Bronx by Elise Bernhard with the objective to “develop movement-based projects through long term initiatives, integrate rigorous inquiry, artistic exploration, deep community engagement, and nurture urban artists” (http://www.dancinginthestreets.org/mission–history).
Over the years, Dancing In The Streets has presented and produced over 500 free public performances by 300+ artists. They focus in three main areas. These areas include: Resident Artists, The Incubator and It’s Showtime NYC! They nurture artists within the community and help them build bridges across cultures. As well as generational gaps, and communities. The Incubator is created to support new artists in social practice and dance. It’s Showtime NYC! gives a platform to advocate the art form of Hip Hop culture in the New York City area.
How You Can Get Involved!
You can do your part in spreading joy around the world by donating funds to the Dancing In The Streets. In fact, donations are the only way that this wonderful non-profit organization can continue to make a difference in the community. Through your generous giving, Dancing In The Streets can continue to “produce FREE adventurous public performances in unexpected places. As well as integrate artistic innovation with community engagement. And build bridges across generations, communities, and culture”. There are two ways you make a donation. The first way is by donating online at NYCharities.org or by mailing a check made out to: Dancing In The Streets, and send it to: 555 Bergen Avenue, 3rd Floor Bronx, NY 10455.
For more information about how you can donate or learn more about Dancing In The Streets, please visit their website at http://www.dancinginthestreets.org. You can also visit them on social media at https://www.instagram.com/dancinginthests/, https://www.facebook.com/dancinginthests/, https://twitter.com/dancinginthests, and https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtHIC5wo6AUAUczPNtSrNDg.
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Phaedra McDowell is a writer for StarQuest. She loves to celebrate others, serve her community through the arts, and encourage young people to dream without limits.