As the holidays approach, it is heartwarming to see an abundance of people, places, and locations offering seasonal service opportunities. “Giving back” is an important value to instill in ourselves and our youth, and as leaders in the dance industry, we have the opportunity make service a part of our studio’s culture. You can read more about Volunteerism in our Community Integration Guide.
Today, we wanted to highlight ideas from varying studios on how they “give back” for the holidays. The dance industry is passionate about service (year-round!), and it is an honor to be a part of a group of people that recognizes the importance of service and “giving back”.
Next Generation of Dance in East Northport, New York
Next Generation of Dance opened their doors on November 9th, 2013 and have the hit ground running with a variety of service opportunities. The studio will perform at two holiday charity events in December. The studio is also collecting unwrapped gifts for Toys For Tots and writing holiday cards for oversea soldiers and sick children.
South East Dance Academy (SEDA) in Wilmington, NC
SEDA rotates a different charity/service project each month throughout their dance season. During the holidays, every student participates in a complimentary Christmas concert, with “admission” being donations to a designated cause. This year, the studio will support the wants and needs of a Domestic Violence Shelter. Every year, the dancers and their families are more excited and more generous in supporting the cause.
LA Dance Academy in Edmeston, New York
LA Dance Academy believes in “Dancing to Make a Difference”! For the holidays, the studio holds a biennial dance recital in which all proceeds go towards purchasing items for families in need in their community. During their “off years” for the show, the studio finds creative ways to give back. This year, the studio is charging students $1 to break dress code for a week. The studio will match the amount of funds raised and will donate the earnings to the local food bank.
Dance Out Loud! Dance Centre in Lakemore, Ohio
Dance Out Loud! Dance Centre hosts a sock hop. Studio dancers may bring a friend for an evening of dance and fun. New socks are collected and donated to their local foster care facility.
5678! Dance Arts in Brewster, New York
5678! Dance Arts offers a complimentary performance at their community’s annual holiday lights show.
Tarilyn’s Dance Studio in Omaha, Nebraska
Tarilyn’s Dance Studio adopts families to sponsor each holiday season. Studio students and parents donate money, and the staff shops for needed items on their families’ list. The staff wrap and deliver the items, including clothes, toys, and gift cards to grocery stores and gas stations.
Birmingham Dance Theatre in Birmingham, Alabama
Birmingham Dance Theatre hosts a food drive for Thanksgiving and serves as a Toys For Tots drop-off in December. If dancers donate, they are allowed to wear cute and crazy Christmas clothes to class the final week of the collection!
Showcase Performing Arts in Hudson, New Hampshire
Showcase Performing Arts hosts a food drive and prepares and delivers meals for families in need.
Dance Prodigy Studios in Greenville, Texas
Dance Prodigy performs at local nursing homes, adopts a family for the holidays, and performs at seasonal, community events.
These are just a few of MANY examples of studios giving back!! The impact we have is amazing and reading each and every example of service was heartwarming and inspiring. As we head into the Thanksgiving holiday, how can you and your studio make a difference, during this special season and throughout the remainder of the year?
“How can we expect our children to know and experience the joy of giving unless we teach them that the greater pleasure in life lies in the art of giving rather than receiving.”
James Cash Penney (1875-1971);
Founder Of J.C. Penney Corporation
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”
Margaret Mead (1902-1978);
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