LA Dance Immersion

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LA Dance Immersion

About Your Application

Organization(s) name(s):

City of Los Angeles, Department of Recreation and Parks

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In one sentence, please describe what your organization does.


The City of L.A., Department of Recreation and Parks provides recreation services to enrich the lives of residents by providing safe spaces, affordable programming, and diverse opportunities for learning, connecting, and enjoying life and nature.

In one to three sentences, please describe your proposal.


LA Dance Immersion connects the arts, specifically dance, with communities through an intensive program that increases youth opportunity for fundamental dance training in economically disadvantaged communities, educates youth & their families in dance appreciation, dance history, stretching and strengthening, & healthy behaviors & nutrition, and trains young adults to be instructors at a professional level to ensure sustainability of this program after the grant period is complete.

Where will you be working? Please be specific (e.g. Third Street Middle School; Boyle Heights; LA County).

Central LA

East LA

San Gabriel Valley

San Fernando Valley

South LA


South Bay

Antelope Valley

County of Los Angeles (countywide)

City of Los Angeles (citywide)


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How do you plan to use these resources to make change? (check all that apply)

Conduct research

Engage residents and stakeholders

Implement a pilot or new project

Expand a pilot or program

Mobilize for systems change

Advocate with policymakers and leaders

Implement and track policy

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How will your proposal improve the following “Learn” metrics? (check all that apply)

Percentage of children enrolled in early education programs

Percentage of community college students completing a certificate, degree, or transfer-related program in six years

Youth unemployment and underemployment

District-wide graduation rates

HS student proficiency in English & Language Arts and Math

Academic Performance Index* scores

College matriculation rates

Student education pipeline (an integrated network of pre-schools, K-12 institutions, and higher education systems that prepares students for seamless transitions between high school, higher education institutions, and the workforce) (Dream Metric)

Suspension and expulsion rates (Dream Metric)

Truancy rates in elementary and middle schools (Dream Metric)

Students perceived sense of safety at and on the way to school (Dream Metric)

Describe in greater detail how you will make LA the best place to learn.


Through dance, youth learn skills that can to be applied and will result in successful school, employment, & life experiences. Dance provides experiences in teamwork, as well as, independent thinking; develops time management skills, as well as, recognition and respect for rules; develops communication, social skills, and offers insight into other cultures; improves pride in quality and overall follow through; increases self-esteem and confidence; provides a creative outlet for expression; develops creative thinking and problem solving skills; strengthens the ability to listen, learn quickly, and apply skills; improves capability of working under pressure; develops a goal-oriented approach to work; builds discipline, leadership skills, motivation, commitment, and dedication, as well as follow directions successfully.

Through the implementation of this program we plan to fulfill three main goals. Goal 1: Increase the youth opportunity for fundamental dance training in an economically disadvantaged community within the City of Los Angeles, for individuals already interested and committed to dance on a weekly basis, thus helping a new generation of dancers develop and take their dance to the next level of interest and training. Goal 2: Educate youth and their families in dance appreciation, dance history, stretching and strengthening, and healthy behaviors and nutrition in an effort to build better dancers and dance audiences. Goal 3: Train young adults to be instructors at a professional level to ensure the sustainability of this program after the grant period is complete.

Dancers learn more about dance and as a result increase their life skills; families learn more about the dance world, its career and college opportunities, and how to support their young dancers; and young adult dancers learn to teach in a professional environment and develop both a resume and the beginnings of a career. In all three areas, we are laying the foundation for a career in dance and at the very least teaching transferable skills to enable success no matter the path chosen.

Please explain how you will evaluate your work.


At the start of the program, parents & students will be asked to complete a survey to evaluate expectations, current views of dance and dance training, as well as personal dance identity. Additionally, to create a measurable mechanism to detect a shift in the way parents and students view dance & their involvement after the completion of the nine month program, another survey will be given one week prior to the end of the programs to be collected on or before the last program date. These surveys will be created by RAP’s Partnership Division and given to the center Director-in-Charge (DIC) to facilitate and coordinate the on-site completion.

In an effort to track student/parent commitment, weekly reports will be completed by the centers to collect registration numbers, attendance, & the overall instructor observations of class progress. Monthly on-site performance evaluations will also be conducted to assess the effectiveness of the program goals, objectives, & outcomes.

How can the LA2050 community and other stakeholders help your proposal succeed? (check all that apply)

Money (financial capital)

Volunteers/staff (human capital)

Publicity/awareness (social capital)

Infrastructure (building/space/vehicles, etc.)


Technical infrastructure (computers, etc.)

Community outreach

Network/relationship support

Quality improvement research

Other (please specify below):

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Dance is powerful! I once taught a girl hip hop dance. She was late elementary school aged. At the time she truly had no rhythm, and to be honest I never thought she would (but I kept that to myself). I continued to work hard to teach her and she continued to work hard to learn. After two years, she changed. She had become a hip hop dancer! Not only did she have rhythm, but she also gained confidence, focus, and the knowledge that she could do ANYTHING if she applied herself. These are lessons not only learned for dance, but lessons about success in life. Who knew a fun dance class could change her life and lead her to success?! I whole heartily believe there is no better program for this grant award! If you believe this too, be sure to vote for LA Dance Immersion in the LEARN category!

by Moveco
6 months ago

This sounds like a great idea - young adult dancers learn for themselves and become teachers to younger dancers. Very cool.

by lindajohannageorge
6 months ago

Thanks for the vote of confidence! Support is very important! Thank you for sharing your is so good to hear success stories. Dance definitely makes an impact on the lives of both the dancer, and those around them. It is time we invest in our audiences, and remember they too are part of the dance community. So many of us took dance as children and have grown up to apply dance's life lessons; it is important to remember these people are also part of the dance community! If you love dance, believe in dance education and the impact it makes, PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE VOTE for LA DANCE IMMERSION TODAY!!

by LA_Dance_Immersion
6 months ago

I agree! Mentorship opportunities are very important both for the younger dancer and for the older dancer. It builds community and altruistic development. It is a win-win; we are building better adults and stronger communities!

by LA_Dance_Immersion
6 months ago

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Submission Began
Tuesday, September 08, 2015

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Tuesday, October 06, 2015
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Tuesday, October 20, 2015

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Tuesday, November 03, 2015
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