The Kennedy Center

DEA Youth Dance Program



Biography

The DEA Youth Dance Program, a part of the DEA Educational Foundation, was established to empower kids by providing a free and positive afterschool alternative to drugs through the fun, healthy, and expressive art form of dance.

The DEA Youth Dance Program begins at a participating school with an assembly led by a professional dance company. The professional company demonstrates different styles of dance to appropriate musical choices, speaks to the students as role-models, and asks students volunteers to try out movement during the performance hour. Students then may elect to register for a free 10- or 20-week dance class series led by a professional dance instructor. At the end of the series, students perform in a community or school performance setting, bringing family and other students together. Finally, students are encouraged to apply for scholarships at a local studio for the long-term study in dance. Students targeted to participate in the program are primarily in upper elementary and middle school years.

The program curriculum incorporates the DEA Educational Foundation's anti-drug messages and themes such as: participating in positive alternatives to drugs and gang violence, the building of self-esteem, teamwork, resisting negative peer pressure, and focusing on positive health and attitude.

This year’s DEA Youth Dance Program presentation is led by and features artists of Contradiction Dance.

Watch Past Performances

Video 7/28/2018: Millennium Stage Performance at National Dance Day

Celebrate National Dance Day with the Kennedy Center and Dizzy Feet Foundation! Enjoy performances from local Contradiction Dance Theatre, the DEA Youth Dance Program, Dance Institute of Washington, and CityDance Conservatory and DREAM programs. The Millennium Stage hour will end with the whole crowd up and moving with this year’s official National Dance Day routine, led by So You Think You Can Dance All-Star Comfort Fedoke!

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