everybody dance: Training LA’s Teachers to Bring Dance Education Back to LA’s K-8 Schools

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Organization Name

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The Gabriella Foundation

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gabri.org

Indicator

Please select the one indicator that is most relevant to your project or organization: Arts & Cultural Vitality

What is your idea and how will it impact your indicator?

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everybody dance! is “the best program I have seen in this country." -- Renowned choreographer and New York City ballet soloist Benjamin Millepied.

Originally established in 1999, The Gabriella Foundation was founded by Liza Bercovici in memory of her daughter Gabriella, a thirteen year old who loved to dance. The Foundation’s initial program, everybody dance!, began in 2000 by providing 12 weekly dance classes to 35 children in a low-income housing project just west of downtown LA. That program has since grown to become the largest dance program in LA providing sequential, long-term dance training to underserved, inner-city children and youth. Today we provide approximately 200 weekly school-based and after-school/weekend classes to more than 2,200 inner-city students at six inner-city sites, including Camino Nuevo charter school campuses and our studios downtown. Yet we fall far short of demand for our programs: In 2012, nearly 1,000 children applied through our lottery for 125 available openings.

In 2005, we established Gabriella Charter School (GCS), the only dance-themed public elementary school in LA (and perhaps the nation), where students take an hour of dance each school day.
While 91% of our students are socio-economically disadvantaged and 41% are English Learners, GCS’ 2012 API score of 894 make it one of the top-performing public schools in LA. In 2012, GCS was named “Charter School of the Year” by the California Charter Schools Association. LA Unified, proud of our school’s success, has established a unique long-term facilities agreement with us in Echo Park and built new dance studios for our use; LAUSD also invited us to triple enrollment from our original plan and expand to a K-8 continuum. Today GCS enrolls 463 students and maintains a lengthy waiting list.

Now, The Gabriella Foundation seeks to dramatically change the opportunity gap in dance education across LA’s public schools by training K-8 teachers – both trained dancers as well as those with no formal dance training -- to implement dance enrichment programs and integrated dance curriculum to ensure that every child in LA is able to experience quality dance education. Not only will ensuring access to quality dance education for all children improve Arts & Cultural Vitality in LA, but also Education (and thus Income & Employment), Health, and Social Connectedness for our City.

Our acclaimed dance faculty is comprised of professional dancers described by the LA Times as "some of the best children's dance instructors in the world.” These experts in dance have worked closely with our academic faculty over the years to design curriculum that integrates dance into “core” learning (English language arts, math, science and social science) both thematically and literally, all tied to state academic standards for each grade level.

After years of decimating funding for arts education, the LAUSD School Board recently passed the “Arts at the Core” Resolution, declaring that it would restore arts education funding over the next several years and treat art as a “core” subject. This renewed focus on arts education includes an emphasis on professional development and recruiting teachers who can integrate the arts into a standards-based curriculum. Gabriella is uniquely positioned to ensure LA’s teachers have the training and resources they need to successfully implement dance programs in schools across LA, benefiting tens of thousands of children in the years to come.

This grant would enable us to launch a comprehensive teacher training program with two strands – one for experienced dancers hired to teach dance enrichment classes at K-8 public schools and after-school programs, and one to train certified K-8 teachers who are not experienced dancers in ways to integrate dance elements into their daily curriculum. In addition to disseminating our award-winning curriculum for use in other schools, we will offer teacher training workshops, web-based resources and interactive support including (low-tech) videos with “demo lessons,” and establish a hub for high-quality dance education in LA.

As LAUSD has recognized, high-quality arts education for children “increases test scores across every subject area, lowers dropout rates and helps close achievement and opportunity gaps for students of color and students from low-income families; . . . increases average daily attendance and student enrollment; [and] . . . young adults of low socioeconomic status (SES) . . . earn better grades, demonstrate higher rates of college enrollment, achieve higher GPA scores, develop greater self-esteem and exhibit higher levels of civic involvement.” (http://home.lausd.net/apps/news/show_news.jsp?REC_ID=273222&id=3) In short, dance education will benefit everyone in LA.

What are some of your organization’s most important achievements to date?

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“I can’t tell you how much this program and everything it stands for means to me. . . . I learned to love, I learned to cope, I learned to express myself, and most importantly, I learned to BE. I am much more confident now that I know what dancing is and what it brings to me. I am infinitely grateful!” -- Sandy Vasquez, 18 (Everybody Dance! participant; current UCLA Regents’ Scholar double-majoring in Chicano Studies and English)

Everybody dance! is the largest dance program in Los Angeles providing sequential, long-term dance training to inner-city children. Our program’s achievements have been highlighted in the Los Angeles Times, Dance Magazine, People Magazine, Biography Magazine, California Lawyer Magazine, Family Circle Magazine and on multiple television and radio stations. Our faculty of professional dancers has been described by the Los Angeles Times as "some of the best children's dance instructors in the world.”

The dance program has opened doors for our students, enabling them to win prestigious awards and scholarships to acclaimed dance schools and academic institutions, including Juilliard, Rock School of Ballet, Kirov Academy of Ballet and summer programs at American Ballet Theater, San Francisco Ballet, and Bolshoi Ballet. Some of our alumni are now using their training to become professional dancers with companies such as the Los Angeles Ballet, Vox Dance Theatre and Complexions Contemporary Ballet in NYC.

Gabriella Charter School was honored at the 19th Annual California Charter Schools Conference in 2012 with the Hart Vision Award for Charter School of the Year as an innovator and leader among charter schools statewide. GCS received the Music Center’s 2011 BRAVO Program Award, which honors educators and schools for their commitment to delivering exemplary arts education in both visual and performing arts. Our faculty and staff are frequently invited to give presentations at universities, arts institutions and national conferences, such as the Colburn School of Performing Arts, UCLA, the Delta Kappa Gamma XI Education Conference (an educational honor society for school leaders and teachers), the California Charter School Summit and the National Dance Education Organization’s Annual Conference.

We believe our dance program is directly responsible for our school’s academic success as well: In 2010, the California Department of Education (“CDE”) awarded Gabriella Charter School the Title I Academic Achievement Award, recognizing significant academic achievement by disadvantaged students who had doubled the academic targets set for them by the CDE for two consecutive years. GCS also received six-year accreditation (the highest possible) from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, which sited GCS as a “model school for any number of schools wishing to get high academics in a predominantly low-income and underserved community.” (WASC Self Study Visiting Committee Report, April 2010.)

Please identify any partners or collaborators who will work with you on this project.

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Working with our primary partner, LAUSD, our teacher training program will be highly collaborative and build on existing partnerships. The following are just a few illustrative examples of our current partners:

• Camino Nuevo Charter Academy (dance classes for their students) and Pueblo Nuevo Development (rent-free studios in Pico-Union)
• LA County Arts Commission (teacher professional development) and The Annenberg Foundation (Alchemy Program)
• Skirball Cultural Center, Staples Center Foundation, UCLA, Music Center of Los Angeles, Marat Daukayev School of Ballet and more (tickets for students to attend performances)
• Benjamin Millepied, Contra Tiempo Urban Latino Dance Theater and BODYTRAFFIC (free master classes for our students)

Please explain how you will evaluate your project. How will you measure success?

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“WOW!...We were all so impressed and magnificently entertained by your talented and gifted multi-age dancers. . . . (T)he strength and variety of dance training you masterfully provide was clearly evident. . . . You confirm the rumors I have heard, that you are a remarkable organization, based on high expectations, rigor and consistent results.” -- LAUSD Local Superintendent Richard Alonzo, 2008.

Currently, Dr. Tiffany Berry, Research Associate Professor in the School of Behavioral and Organizational Sciences at Claremont Graduate University and Associate Director at Claremont Evaluation Center, is conducting a year-long independent evaluation of our dance programs to assess outcomes and strengthen in-house evaluation capacity. That evaluation is expected to be completed this summer, and will certainly inform development of teacher training workshops. Throughout our organization’s 13 year history we have collected extensive data:

• Parents and students are surveyed annually to gather input on program impact (emotional, academic and physical) and to assess programmatic strengths and weaknesses.
• Parent feedback also is collected at quarterly parent meetings (preceded by popular parent dance classes).
• Teachers and staff participate in extensive collaborative planning time and professional development, providing feedback to program leaders and one another about curriculum, student progress and program efficacy.
• Both school-based and after-school dance instructors administer dance skills tests and written tests and complete formal studio observations to determine students’ improvement in dance skills and achievement of standards and programmatic goals and objectives (terminology, social skills/behavior, etc.)

As we scale up capacity of the teacher training program, we ultimately will seek funding for a formal evaluation of the teacher training program and tracking of outcomes at participants’ schools, though in the interim, during the term of this grant, we will survey teacher participants (pre-, post- and follow-up) regarding the efficacy of our workshops, materials and impact on their students.

How will your project benefit Los Angeles? Please be specific.

“Elementary instruction designated specifically for dance . . . is fast becoming an endangered species.” -- Erik W. Robelen, “No Obituary Needed for Arts Education, Study Reveals.” Education Week, April 11, 2012 (summarizing federal study on K-12 arts education).

While the LA2050 report notes the relative strength of the arts in LA currently, a critical weakness is identified in the programs (or lack thereof) provided in our public elementary and middle schools. Even in schools that have managed to retain some visual arts or music programs in the face of debilitating cuts to arts education budgets, the overwhelming majority of students in grades K-8 in LAUSD today receive no exposure to dance. The LA2050 report notes that as of 2011, LAUSD employed only 250 full-time elementary school arts teachers – for more than 600 elementary schools. We know that few, if any of these, are dance instructors. The U.S. Department of Education recently reported that while 94% of elementary schools offered music and 83% offered visual arts in the 2009-10 school year, only 3% offered dance. (danceusa.org/newsactionalerts.) LAUSD’s own Arts at the Core Resolution acknowledged the District’s current “inequality and opportunity gap” in arts education for youth in our City, where students in parts of the District attend schools that raise private funds to provide arts experiences for their students, while schools with predominantly Title I students have no such resources. We aim to change that.

The positive impact of dance on learning and psycho-social development has been widely documented in academic research. Dance activities support the development of fluency, originality and critical thinking skills (Deasey, 2002), improve test scores, school attendance, responsibility, self-discipline, and --- just as importantly -- an understanding of delayed gratification and work ethic (Brooks Schmitz, 1990b). Dance helps combat the epidemic of childhood obesity and helps counter the impact of lack of park access for our children (as reported in LA2050, just 33% of children in LA live within ¼ mile of a park, compared to 91% in NYC and 65% in San Diego). “[The] odds of being overweight or obese increased relative to lower household income levels, less neighborhood access to parks and sidewalks, lower levels of physical activity, and more time spent watching TV or on the computer. Black and Latino children had higher rates of obesity and greater chances of being overweight than their non-Latino white counterparts, after researchers adjusted for socioeconomic and behavioral factors, and state of residence.” (“A New Map of Childhood Obesity in the U.S.,” L.A. Times, May 3, 2010.)

Expanding opportunities for children in LA to engage in quality dance education will not only impact the future of the Arts & Cultural Vitality in LA, but directly impact Education (thereby also improving Income & Employment), Health, and Social Connectedness in our City.

What would success look like in the year 2050 regarding your indicator?

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“Every education system in the world has the same hierarchy of subjects. There isn't an education system in the world that teaches dance every day to children the way we teach them mathematics . . . . Why? Why not? Children dance all the time. We all have bodies. As children grow up, we start to teach them only from the waist up.” -- Sir Ken Robinson, 2006 TED Conference Presentation

Our vision is that each and every child in LA is provided equitable access to developing the skills and habits of mind that will enable success in our 21st century society. Beyond simple mastery of skills in English, math and other subject areas, today’s rapidly changing world demands that the workforce of tomorrow be prepared to face challenges we cannot predict today. The pace of technological development and information exchange is unprecedented in human history, and skills that were essential just a generation ago have become obsolete. Critical thinking, problem-solving, analytical skills and creativity will be more important for this generation than any in recent history. As the highly acclaimed author and speaker Sir Ken Robinson has noted, “Creativity is not some exotic, optional extra. It's a strategic issue." (Ken Robinson, Fast Company, July 5, 2011.)

We believe – we know – that through dance and other arts, children are able to experience true joy in the learning process, building on their inherent curiosities and desire to be active learners. While we are quite proud that some of our students have gone on to excel in programs with some of the nation’s top professional dance companies, our primary goal is to use dance and the arts as a means of engaging all children in becoming self-confident, hard-working, disciplined and motivated to excel across all areas of their lives. Throughout our history we have demonstrated through our school-based, after-school and community programs that exposure to quality dance education can have a lifelong impact on some of our City’s most “at-risk” children. Students who will never become professional dancers, but who will benefit from the life lessons our program imparts: the value of perseverance in the face of setbacks, the ability to see the connection between hard work and results, and a willingness to push oneself past self-imposed limits.

By making our curriculum, assessments, program structure and expert faculty available to train other teachers across LA, our vision for LA2050 is that all children in Los Angeles will have the opportunity to discover previously unknown talents, be inspired, and find a sense of belonging.

“Everybody dance! helped me unleash not only troubled emotions as a child but helped me grow both mentally and emotionally. . . . [A]s cliché as it sounds I really don’t know where I’d be or what I’d be doing if I had not found out my talent and passion is dancing . . . .” – Amaris Jacobs, 18, Pasadena City College student

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I have watched Everybody Dance grow from 35 students to the amazing program is is today.To bring music and dance into a child's life is wonderful To do so with the level of excellence this program has is truly remarkable.My wish for Everybody Dance is to dance off into the sunset for generations to come.

by ronizee
almost 3 years ago

I was first introduce to Everbody Dance when my first daughter was 4 yrs.old and she started taking Ballet,then came the time when she finished Kinder and I was looking for a good school and the same person that introduced me to Everbody Dance recommended Gabriella Charter School and it has been THE BEST BLESSING FROM ABOVE!! Now both my girls are in everybody Dance and next year both my girls will be in Gabriella Charter School!! I LOVE THE DISCIPLINE, I LOVE THE PROGRAM AND THE SCHOOL!!

by Metzi1981
about 3 years ago

I still remember when I first first walked in with my best friend to one of the studios at Everybody Dance! And I must say that I am very fortunate and blessed to be part of a loving community that dances with such passion that is rarely found anywhere else. In this program I discovered many things: discipline, responsability, joy of dance, falling in love

by mr_josh
about 3 years ago

GCS is one of the best schools

by Elcabula2003
about 3 years ago

I began my dance career in GCS in 2001. I had no prior training nor knowledge of dance until I attended and actively participated in the program. I was 12 years old when I began dancing at Everybody Dance! I am not 24 years old, graduate of the Juilliard School in NYC for a BFA in Dance, and am a Professional dancer and choreographer for Complexions Contemporary Ballet and Aspen Santa Fe Ballet. I can speak on behalf of all the teachers and students and administration that Everybody dance and GCS has changed my life for the better and I would have not arrived to my current destination without their help and support. The deserve all the love and support in the world for the greatness and empowering energy that they have brought to me, to our thriving and growing community, and have taught me great life lessons of respect, discipline, and making progressive and positive changes in our wold. I cast my vote with all my love and honesty because I will always continue to believe in their mission and goals. I miss you all. You are my artistic family.

by Norbert.DeLaCruzIII
about 3 years ago

GCS improves the life of every student who attends. The kids develop amazing academic and life skills in a challenging and nurturing environment. They not only turn our good students but good citizens. If more schools were like Gabriella our educational system wouldn't be in the crisis it is in today.

by 1abcd
about 3 years ago

Everybody Dance! and the Gabriella Charter School is a remarkable, joyful program where the amazing, dedicated teachers, instructors and staff inspire the students to express themselves artistically, achieve academically and gain confidence through dance.
For the past ten years, I have seen the students THRIVE in every way....it is a spectacular program that all children in Los Angeles should have the opportunity to experience and enjoy. It transforms lives and opens up the world for them.

by pattykestin
about 3 years ago

I am continually amazed and in awe of the GCS dance program. I have participated in classes, watched individual classes perform and was blown away by the end of year Performance last May. Both programs are a fantastic way to teach students how to integrate skills, habits of mind, to forge creativity with discipline and to express themselves in a beautiful way.

by SueL
about 3 years ago

everybody dance! and Gabriella Charter School transforms students' lives by cultivating a safe place for students to find their "movement voice" of creativity and expressiveness in front of their peers and themselves. It is through this voice that students mature and prepare to present themselves to their community and world as a mature, more confident human beings.

by chippy.Z.wassung
about 3 years ago

Wow! I'm all for this.

by myriamCO
about 3 years ago

Everybody Dance is an OUTSTANDING program! Come visit and see for yourself!

by ggutierrez
about 3 years ago

Gabriella Charter School and Everybody Dance were founded in memory of my daughter Gabriella.
My thought was that the most fitting way to commemorate Gabri

by LizaB
about 3 years ago

I am a long-time community volunteer at GCS and I have been privileged to see the students develop over the years into articulate and confident middle-schoolers, well-prepared for the challenges of high school and confident that college is in their future. GCS attracts and nurtures incredible teachers who convey the highest of academic expectations for their students, in a "small school" environment where the children are well-known and deeply supported by the staff.

by reddor
about 3 years ago

I was very fortunate to receive dance training when I was a child. I remember how much joy I felt to be able to clear my mind by listening to the music, allowing it to fill and move my body, my muscles and limbs stretching, reaching, flexing to the beat. It's extremely cathartic and I think it would be great for students across Los Angeles to be able to have the opportunity to learn what dance is about and experience its benefits for themselves. Everybody dance! is a stellar program and a perfect fit for this task. - MM

by M.M.
about 3 years ago

Gabriella Charter School is one of the finest schools in Los Angeles. It has a unique mission of incorporating dance into the daily school curriculum as a catalyst to engage children to open up to the learning process. The daily involvement in dance crosses over into a child’s learning in math, science, and other courses. The school is run by a devout staff, faculty, management team, and Board of Directors. Gabriella Charter School is making a meaningful difference in children’s education and lives every day! You have my vote!

by ekramlich
about 3 years ago

Inspiring story, inspiring program, inspiring people!!

by pjassim
about 3 years ago

There's nothing better than seeing your children smile and stand strong with confidence. I see all the kids GCS fill of confidence and joy. I believe that the dance program builds the childrens interior.It takes the beyond their known abilities....challenging them to learn they are capable to be MORE.!!!

by daisy.ibarraw
about 3 years ago

There's nothing better than seeing your children smile and stand strong with confidence. I see all the kids GCS fill of confidence and joy. I believe that the dance program builds the childrens interior.It takes the beyond their known abilities....challenging them to learn they are capable to be MORE.!!!

by daisy.ibarraw
about 3 years ago

This is a wonderful program

by barny
about 3 years ago

AMAZING PROGRAM!

by derek121305
about 3 years ago

By dancing, our kids express their feelings, so I'm glad that GCS have dance classes every day.

by Elcabula2003
about 3 years ago

As part of the adjunct support staff for GCS I

by Lisa Bbb
about 3 years ago

This is a fabulous program which fertilizes creativity, encourages kids from all ethnic groups to work together toward lofty, artistic goals, motivates kids to eat healthy food to stay in shape, and disciplines their energy to become the standard for approaching all learning. Math suddenly becomes meaningful when the fractions are applied to music and dance steps. The kids who have benefitted so far are very lucky; every dollar spent on this great program is stretched to create productive, tolerant and vibrant members of society.

by lifeisadance
about 3 years ago

Everybody Dance and GCS are a model for education in our country.

by breakfastburrito
about 3 years ago

I am so proud of our faculty, admin, office staff, support staff and board of directors....there is a shared vision on campus that our students can achieve great things when provided with a safe, nurturing, challenging, engaging and stimulating environment that holds every student and adult to a high standard. This is a great place and I am proud to be a part of the team!

by gcsdanceteacher
about 3 years ago

I am so proud of our faculty, admin, office staff, support staff and board of directors....there is a shared vision on campus that our students can achieve great things when provided with a safe, nurturing, challenging, engaging and stimulating environment that holds every student and adult to a high standard. This is a great place and I am proud to be a part of the team!

by gcsdanceteacher
about 3 years ago

I am so proud of our faculty, admin, office staff, support staff and board of directors....there is a shared vision on campus that our students can achieve great things when provided with a safe, nurturing, challenging, engaging and stimulating environment that holds every student and adult to a high standard. This is a great place and I am proud to be a part of the team!

by gcsdanceteacher
about 3 years ago

I am so proud of our faculty, admin, office staff, support staff and board of directors....there is a shared vision on campus that our students can achieve great things when provided with a safe, nurturing, challenging, engaging and stimulating environment that holds every student and adult to a high standard. This is a great place and I am proud to be a part of the team!

by gcsdanceteacher
about 3 years ago

This is a phenomenal program. The teachers, students, and performances never cease to impress me. Strong curriculum coupled with top-notch educators produce young dancers who grow up with self-confidence, discipline, and a life-long appreciation for the arts. The level of parental involvement goes beyond just individual students, classes, or families and helps strengthen the bond of the community at large. If Everybody Dance was able to reach the majority of schools throughout Los Angeles, by 2050 LA would be a pretty great place to grow up.

by Dancescape LA
about 3 years ago

The "Everybody Dance"is fantastic. Not only does it provide tremendous value to invidual childrent and their families, it is a great sources of pride to the greater Echo Park Community!

by schnepp
about 3 years ago

"Everybody Dance" is a fantastic program. It provides tremendous individual value to each of the students and their families and also has a great impact on the greater Echo Park community, in particular giving everyone a great sense of pride and community

by schnepp
about 3 years ago

Such an innovative approach to education.

by jbnnyc
about 3 years ago

Great Program! Echo Park loves "Everybody Dance!"

by cp007
about 3 years ago

great program! Echo Park loves Everybody Dance and their programs

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by cp007
about 3 years ago

Dance is a great way to get the kids to excercise! It teaches them coordination and how to follow directions. Gets them up and moving!
Only good things can come from this program-so KEEP THIS PROGRAM GOING!

by MaryKFop
about 3 years ago

A wonderful school that is helping kids in Echo Park achieve their goals

by ecrapser
about 3 years ago

An exemplary program!

by terrifrantz
about 3 years ago

I

by gcsdanceteacher
about 3 years ago

What a great program!

by stellahinesmd
about 3 years ago

I was fortunate enough to work at Gabriella for a short time before moving to the east coast. I witnessed how the dance courses during the school day and the after school dance program both positively impacted my work with students. These opportunities changed them. Not only did the children love and appreciate new types of movement and music, but they also had a time each day where they could honestly determine who they are as individuals and as a collective. During my prep time, I would go early to pick up my students, so I could watch them dance. Sometimes I would get there early enough so that I could dance with them!

by jennyhdiaz
about 3 years ago

Dance provides our students a form of expression, a discipline that teaches the value of collaboration and a way to burn off energy between classroom activities.

by Volunteer77
about 3 years ago

This is such a great program which provides each student the opportunity to express themselves in a creative manner and help build confidence.

by nelly.platero
about 3 years ago

Gabriella has taught my children to express and connect with music by dancing. Being a parent of a student who has attended for 8years, has made me see the students develop and become great performers. I look forward to the end of year performance, It

by Plateca27
about 3 years ago

Gabriella Charter School is successful in its goals to increase student's motivation and test scores.

by djskke
about 3 years ago

My daughter loves her experience as a dancer at Gabriella. It

by sjhr
about 3 years ago

Gabriella consistently brings joy to the students and the school community. The dance program is not only high quality, but is building character within the students. It

by ameliamckean
about 3 years ago

I think the dance instruction at Gabriella Charter Schools is such an amazing thing for students. They not only get arts instruction but it also gets them moving. More schools should have programs such as this.

by rangel320
about 3 years ago

I think it

by rangel320
about 3 years ago

Children need to move. My friend is a physical therapist and she recently provided me a link to research indicating that children who had exercise every morning learned significantly more than the control group. That

by zlevine
about 3 years ago

Truly a hidden gem of Los Angeles, everybody dance! is a fantastic program run by proffessional dancers to give children positive and life changing experiences. This is one of the best programs I have seen for youth in our city.

by grichman
about 3 years ago

This is an amazing team of teachers and administrators - i so hope they are able to bring this program to their school!

by Elsie M.
about 3 years ago

LOVE THIS PROGRAM!
It is one of a kind and certainly the only one of its kind in Los Angeles.
The teachers and administrators are utterly dedicated, and the kids are fantastic!

by devyschonfeld
about 3 years ago

I've personally seen the Gabriella Charter School and everybody dance! programs transform the lives of literally hundreds of students. These programs contribute to the kids' increased confidence, teamwork, expression, critical thinking skills, and appreciation for others' thinking. In a city with the highest concentration of working artists in the US, what an incredible opportunity this would be to invest in the infrastructure necessary to prepare the next generation of arts professionals.

by sarajuneteacher
about 3 years ago

Everybody Dance has a significant impact on after-school students and the K-8 students at GCS.
Through dance, students have learned some valuable academic and life skills--listening, creative thinking,
teamwork, practicing, self-expression and presenting themselves with confidence. Hopefully the program
can be expanded to include a greater number of Los Angeles public school students.

by slgurman
about 3 years ago

Everybody Dance is a great program! It helps our students express themselves creatively and get their wiggles out so that they can focus better in their core content areas.

by kelly.centolella
about 3 years ago

Thanks for the great comment! Please tell all your friends to VOTE! Voting ends Wednesday! :)

by tarazemailtarazc
almost 3 years ago

Such a great and personal endorsement! Please tell your friends to VOTE! Voting ends Wednesday!

by tarazemailtarazc
almost 3 years ago

Thanks for the support! Please help spread the word and tell your friends to VOTE!

by tarazemailtarazc
almost 3 years ago

I am NOW 24 years old * (correction)

by Norbert.DeLaCruzIII
about 3 years ago

memory of my daughter Gabriella.

My thought was that the most fitting way to commemorate Gabri's short life was to give children in
our inner-city the same opportunities she had -- access to quality dance instruction and academics.
With the help of our devoted parents, staff and board, we are succeeding in our mission. Our students are rising to meet the challenges we set for them. Gabri loved to dance, but she wanted to be a classroom teacher when she grew up. I believe she would be proud and happy at everything we are achieving in her name.  

by LizaB
about 3 years ago

As part of the adjunct support staff for GCS, I have had the opportunity and pleasure of meeting students, administrative staff, faculty, board members and Alumni. Upon meeting former students, who are now in high school, I was blown away by their display of self confidence and pride in calling GCS their Alma mater. These young adults were well spoken and proud to call themselves dancers, including one freshman football player. When his coach, in front of the entire team, told him how great his flexibility was, the student replied "That is because I am a formally trained dancer!" That is serious self confidence and what our schools need to be striving to provide. Both GCS and Everybody Dance are amazing models for innovative approaches to education countrywide.

by Lisa Bbb
about 3 years ago

My comment got cut off. I was going to say, "That is one reason to have dance enrichment during the day. Another reason is it brings joy to many students. And a third reason is that it is a good way to value diverse talents."

by zlevine
about 3 years ago

I am NOW 24 years old * (correction)

by Norbert.DeLaCruzIII
about 3 years ago

Norbert, your story is so compelling and well spoken. Please tell ALL your friends to vote!!

by tarazemailtarazc
almost 3 years ago

My comment got cut off. I was going to say, "That is one reason to have dance enrichment during the day. Another reason is it brings joy to many students. And a third reason is that it is a good way to value diverse talents."

by zlevine
about 3 years ago

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Circle 3 83da7a9432aeea960e1a9e9ee93e7ea1221af6c8f42b27964f2e9999d94b2b8d Step3 title 3d9e2a65d6ea1ad301f8fc607f5f828bd96362932c71d81c0da5b1fd964422b0
Homeboy Industries: Hope Has An Address
Homeboy Industries: Hope Has An Address

Winner Announced
Wednesday, May 08, 2013