About the ICYThe Inner City Youth Junior Dance Company offers a unique opportunity for economically disadvantaged or at-risk special needs youth of diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds. The ICY give children from ages 10 to18 the opportunity to train for potential careers in dance, theatre and other performing arts related careers. Teens are trained in tap, ballet, pointe, jazz, modern, gymnastics, hip hop, and ethnic dances such as Latin ballroom and Middle Eastern belly dancing. Teens get the opportunity to perform along with The Kennedy Dancers Professional Company during the spring and they receive television/ broadcast exposure through our cable television show “Dance Vista”.
The goal of the ICY is to train and assist these teens. We hope to make a difference in their communication, expressive behavior, socialization, and life skills. Following these improvements, an excelling in academics is also expected to occur. The students will be more disciplined in their approach to everyday life whether it is academically or artistically.
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INNER CITY YOUTH JR.DANCE CO/JUVENILE DETENTION PROJECT
A unique opportunity to economically disadvantage and at-risk ICY youth of diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds ages 10 to18 to train for potential careers in dance, theatre and related support jobs. Teens are trained in tap, ballet, Pointe, jazz, modern, gymnastics, hip hop, and ethnic dancers such as African and Middle Eastern Belly Dancing. Teens get the opportunity twice a year to perform along with The Kennedy Dancers Professional Company. They also get television/broadcast exposure through our cable television show "Dance Vista".
Goal of our program is to train and assist these teens; we expect many of our graduates to pursue further education in dance, theatre and performing arts support vocations. We hope we make a difference in their communication, expressive behavior, and socialization and life skills. Following these improvements an increase of academics is also expected to occur. The students will be more disciplined in their approach to everyday life whether it is academically or personally. If they do not enter a performing arts profession, they will at least have the skills of working collectively, problem solving and maintain physical fitness.
Some success stories include:
The Inner City Youth Jr. / Juvenile Detention Program
The ICY program provides free dance training for economically disadvantaged youth from ages 10 to 17 in the Jersey City area. Young people, (those at risk with drugs, alcohol, early pregnancy and gangs and many with special problems such as learning disabilities, neurologically or perceptually impaired, emotionally or developmentally challenged) are given special training to enter the professional dance/performance world. We offer adverse dance curriculum in all types of dance education including required training in Ballet, Modern, Tap, Theatrical Jazz, Ethnic, Ballroom, Hip-Hop and Gymnastics from beginners to advanced levels, as well as repertory rehearsals and performances series. The ICY students also work and perform with professional dancers from our organization. The training will not only create professional dancers, it will also prepare our students for performance related positions such as stage management, lighting, sound, TV production, and costume/scenic design.
To become a member of the Inner City Youth Jr. Dance Company is through audition process. This process is held in September of each year. 2008/2009 auditions will be held on Thursday, September 18th, 2008 at 4:00pm sharp. Please call if you are attending.
FUNDING FOR THE KENNEDY DANCERS PROGRAMS
Funding has been made possible in part by a block grant from the NJ State Council on the Arts State/County Partnership Program for the arts administered by the Hudson County Division of Cultural & Heritage Affairs, Tom De Gise, County Executive and the Board of Chosen Freeholders, Bank of America, The Anne Earle Talcott Fund, PSE&G Foundation, The Scarmolin Trust, Turrell Fund, Puffin Foundation, JC Community Development Block Grant, Hudson County Department of Health and Human Services/ Youth Services Commission/Juvenile Crime Enforcement Coalition, Pronti Construction Co. Inc., New Jersey Meadowlands Commission, Independence Bank Foundation, Provident Bank Foundation, Metrovest-Equities, Bevan Manufacturing Corp. (Costume Gallery), Back Bay Dancewear, Inc., New Jersey Dept. of Treasury, City of Jersey City Office of Cultural Affairs, Freeds of London, Moret Group and Hudson City Savings Bank
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