The mission of the Empower Dance Foundation is to provide access to professional dance classes for all children and youth ages 2-18. Empower seeks to eliminate the barriers of economic inequality, racism and representation for young people.
The Foundation believes that children who receive this training have increased self-confidence and perseverance, become self-motivated, more physically fit and have an enhanced ability to become successful adults. When you support us, you became part of a larger movement that is cultivating a creative environment for young dancers to experience the beauty, power, and opportunities dance has to offer without causing a financial burden.
History of the Foundation
Established June 2017, the Empower Dance Foundation has awarded over $60,000 in scholarship money to young dancers in need. Families must apply for a scholarship based on need and the board reviews applications and allocate funds.
The General Scholarship Fund is for young dancers in need to attend classes at Empower Dance Studio. Scholarships are applied to tuition, dance clothing, costume fees, and summer camps. Applications are reviewed by Empower Dance Foundation's Board of Directors and Empower Staff and funding will be allocated to scholarship recipient.
Outreach programs include: dance classes and workshops in schools and community centers, community panels and forums, community performances, and Durham's First Friday events. Our goal is to connect dance and creativity to those with limited access and exposure to the arts. These classes and/or workshops take place as The Empower Dance Studio or different sites in the community upon request.
The Ballet School is a conservatory school focused on economic equity in developing the underrepresented youth who can thrive in the competitive field of classical ballet. The Ballet School aims to eliminate economic inequality, inherent racism, and lack of representation barriers for marginalized dancers in the world of ballet. We provide support to identified underrepresented youth with the personal drive to pursue the art through outreach activities.
M-power aims to provide opportunities for boys to dance with the removal of the stigma of boys who dance. Classes are lead by an all male staff reflecting various genres and backgrounds. This program intends for young boys to discover the benefits of dance, to expose them to various dance styles, and to provide a safe space for conversation and empowerment. These specialized, all-boy classes are offered at no cost to encourage participation.