Help Build Dance Foundry

$9,170 of $25,000 goal

Raised by 74 people in 19 months
Creating a lasting work of beauty takes more than just the right materials. It goes above and beyond passion; it requires the steady touch of expert hands, the firm discipline born from knowledge and experience, the trustworthy guidance of a masterful mind. Creating beautiful, strong dancers is no exception.

For over 30 years, Kelly Oakes-Dent has helped bring up dancers with the same guiding principle. Many of her former and current students have reached far and wide and have been sought out for their awe inspiring level of control, their mastery of technique, and their overall strength as dancers. Ms. Kelly believes that within every student lies a masterpiece in the making. With the best guidance, from strong foundations, to patient working and re-working, through polishing the tiniest details, every dance student can find their own brilliance.

Ms. Kelly, along with her trusted, talented, and vastly experienced teaching partner, Jennilee Garcia, wish to bring more exceptional dancers out into the world. They want to guide dancers with an eye on the future yet a strong foundation in their core, dancers that are classically forged. That’s how they envisioned Dance Foundry. But they know that to make their vision a reality they need more than likeminded people with the best teaching tools, they need the right environment, the right place. They need the help of people like you.

Dance Foundry opens to the public at the end of August and we need help from you to build our dream.

Dance Foundry’s Mission:
Dance foundry’s mission is to instill with consistency and accountability an exemplary dance foundation with in a safe and friendly environment. We will provide creative performing opportunities for our aspiring young dancers, encouraging artistic growth and a comprehensive dance education.

Your donations will help us, you, and your family have the best teaching tools:

Ballet Barres:
The barre is the dancer’s best friend through thick and thin. It opens up new challenges to tackle while offering a steady hand to hold. It motivates you, letting you know that although you may not be there yet, you are closer to the goal than you were yesterday

Sprung floors and Marley Floors:
At Dance Foundry, our dancers’ safety is paramount. We take great care to understand and know how dance moves impact the body, how jumps and quick movements affect joints. These floors will keep you from having to think about those details and train fully in becoming the best dancer you can be.

Sound equipment:
Music is what reels us in and rhythm nurtures dancers’ artistic growth. Stereo equipment and quality sound system is an instrumental part of dance teaching. Who we are becomes clear through music, and we want to offer the best music experience to fuel the best dance experience.

Our faculty’s experience is a great asset, but any dancer should be able to develop the eye for detail and self-examination. Everyone learns differently and sometimes you just need to look at yourself to extract the better out of you. Mirrors help students understand visually where they are and what they should aspire for.

We want a Dance Foundry experience that is both gratifying and comfortable for students and family members alike. More than just a school, we shall be a place for our clients to feel at home, a place for kids to study, a place to relax, a place to share good memories and socialize with peers.

This campaign is the first step in fulfilling a vision, a studio built with dance students as the priority, with safety in mind, comfortably accommodating. Our dream is that Dance Foundry should become a place where every one of our dancers can build the best structure of their future selves, a place of support, encouragement, and fulfillment.

We have a strong desire to pass on the purity and beauty of classical ballet, which is so important in our life. We are committed to training well-rounded dancers with a strong foundation in ballet. Still, we believe that a good foundation is only strengthened through variety of dancing styles and skills, from creative movement, modern dance, to jazz, contemporary, tap. Dancers of all ages are invited to take part of our Dance Foundry!

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We have ordered the sound system and the renovations to the dance studio are under way. This is mainly due to the help you guys have given us. The support is truly felt and we are honored. Dance Foundry is going to be AWESOME! :)
Walls dividing lobby and studios.
Insulation for the studio.
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We have our Sprung Floors!

Your support has been extraordinary. $7,000 in Go Fund Me alone! Checks have been streaming in with heartfelt messages and positive energy.

We still have work to do. The steep hill we challenged at the beginning is ever so constantly flattening out and we have YOU to thank for that. Please keep sharing and spreading the word.

Donate if you can and THANK YOU!
Sprung Floors
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We have gotten to $6,000. You guys are incredible!
We have hired some instructors for Dance Foundry. Please meet Rebekah Pleasant, Douglas Scott and Danielle Pyle. Here are their bios but in the mean time please keep sharing. Anything helps!

One of our modern teachers:

Rebekah Pleasant began dancing at the tender age of three at the Cathedral Dance Conservatory in Atlanta. Through the years as her dance technique developed Rebekah expanded her training to places such as the Atlanta Ballet, Alvin Ailey pre-professional program, and Dekalb School of the Arts. On graduating high school, Rebekah attended the University of North Carolina School of the Arts under the deanship of Ethan Steifel in 2006. While attending UNCSA, Rebekah trained and performed with choreographers such as Jose Limon, Alonzo King, Larry Keigwin, Juel Lane, Lar Lubovitch, Mark Morris, and Twyla Tharp. Rebekah graduated UNCSA with a BFA and moved to New York City where she has been honored to dance at amazing venues like Jacobs Pillow, The Joyce Soho, and the Lincoln Center Metropolitan Opera with companies including Helen Simoneau Danse Company, and The Metropolitan Opera for two seasons. Currently Rebekah is dancing with Laurie M. Taylor/Soul Movement in New York City and Full radius dance Company in Atlanta,Ga.
Movement for Seniors and Adult Modern instructor:

Douglas Scott is the Artistic/Executive Director of Full Radius Dance. He discovered dance upon entering Western Kentucky University to earn a B.F.A. in Performing Arts. After graduation, he moved to Atlanta and spent several seasons with the Ruth Mitchell Dance Company, where he performed in works by Ruth Mitchell, Ron Cunningham, Monica Levy and Sal Aiello. In 1991, Douglas founded ance Force, Inc. He began his exploration of physically integrated (dancers with and without disabilities) dance technique in 1993, and this interest led to the creation, with co-founder Ardath Prendergast, of E=motion in 1995. In 1998, Dance Force and E=motion merged to create Full Radius Dance. Douglas is also the founder of the Modern Atlanta Dance (MAD) Festival which showcases metro-area modern and contemporary dance companies and artists. The festival has been produced annually since 1995. A respected teacher for over thirty years, Douglas has extensive experience in teaching classes and workshops in modern and modern-based physically integrated dance for numerous schools, organizations, and conferences. In 2014, he was honored with a Governor’s Award for the Arts & Humanities, cited as “a respected leader” and for expanding “the definition and reach of modern dance."
Creative Movement instructor:

Danielle has danced since the age of 3, loves to dance, and share dance with others. She minored in dance at the University of Georgia and is currently working towards a doctorate degree in occupational therapy. She loves to teach young dancers to embrace their own unique creativity, basic musical concepts, and incorporates healthy techniques for the mind and body.

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We have ordered some of the barres! This would not have been possible without your support.

THANK YOU. Please spread the word. If you can donate, we would greatly appreciate it. Let's make Atlanta an arts hub!
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$9,170 of $25,000 goal

Raised by 74 people in 19 months
Created July 27, 2016
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Furman Family
17 months ago

Congratulations on the Opening!

Celeste Marx
17 months ago

Miss Kelly and the RAD program are treasures to the Atlanta community and must be supported, not attached or sued.

Audrey/Chloe Ferguson
17 months ago

Keep on dancing!

18 months ago
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