Saturday, May 2, Lathrop Hall’s Margaret H'Doubler Performance Space, 2:30-4:30 pm
Witness the Madison community at its best in this inspiring show. Featuring roughly 50 local girls who attend movement and performance classes at six regional community centers, this showcase highlights original choreography by the girls and their teachers. Come watch as they use movement to show what dance means to them.
COMMUNITY DANCE PROGRAM FOR GIRLS PRESENTS THIRD ANNUAL SPRING SHOWCASE
On Saturday, May 2, 2015, the third annual Performing Ourselves Showcase: I Dance Because… will feature performances by approximately fifty girls from six community centers across Madison who, through their choreography, will reflect on why they dance and what dance means to them. The performance takes place at 2:30 p.m. in the Margaret H’Doubler Performance Space, Lathrop Hall, 1050 University Avenue.
Performing Ourselves provides a series of experiential movement and performance classes to nearly 100 underserved local girls in six Madison locations: the Boys & Girls Club of Dane County, East Madison Community Center, Goodman Community Center, Kennedy Heights Community Center, Lussier Community Education Center, Vera Court Neighborhood Center. The program, which has been growing and is now in its fourth year of funding, is co-directed by UW-Madison Dance Department associate professor Kate Corby and associate lecturer Mariah LeFeber.
“We are working with two new centers this year—Lussier and East Madison—and the number of girls in the program continues to increase,” said Corby. “We’re pleased with the program’s growth over the last four years and our ability to continue to address the need for educational outreach and increased access to the fine arts for local low-income families.“
The showcase is a collaboration between the UW-Madison Dance Department and the local community centers. It is the culmination of 30 weeks of instruction by undergraduate dance majors who work collaboratively with elementary and middle school girls to create new choreography.
“Dance is an incredible way to reach these girls,” said Colleen Berg, a program staff member at the Goodman Community Center. “[The program] builds positive mentoring relationships, teaches the importance of teamwork, provides the girls with the opportunity to experience how good it feels to perform something you've worked hard to perfect, and so much more.” Berg calls the program “a stellar model for effectively engaging girls.”
Performing Ourselves’ goal is to boost the self-confidence of a generation of Madison’s girls through dance and performance. Corby says it facilitates an active learning experience for girls in Madison by engaging them in the process of creation and performance as a means of engendering empowerment and identity.
Admission to the event is free. There will be a complimentary reception immediately following the performance in the Virginia Harrison Parlor, Lathrop Hall.
For more information on Performing Ourselves go to http://performingourselves.com or visit www.facebook.com/performingourselves on Facebook.
Performing Ourselves is supported by Movemeant Foundation, the Ira and Ineva Reilly Baldwin Wisconsin Idea Endowment, the Evjue Foundation, Inc. the charitable arm of the Capital Times, American Girl’s Fund for Children, the Virginia Horne Henry Fund for Women’s Physical Education and Movement, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison Dance Department.