Dance Classes Youth Refugee Camp

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The UNHCR has reported that more than 1 million Syrian refugees have been registered in Lebanon since 2016. Many of these youth do not have access to education, arts, or sports activities in the camps. Through the power of dance, we seek to unite people, transform lives and promote social change. Offering dance classes and empowerment training would be a life-changing experience for the children inside the camp, and would allow them to move together, build confidence, and continue to hope for a better future.

On January 1, 2018 the documentary series WE SPEAK DANCE will be released worldwide on Netflix. This documentary series hopes to use dance as an international language to connect people across cultures. In our Beirut episode, we offered a dance class in a Syrian Refugee camp and taught dance to over 200 kids in the camp. Here is a clip from one of the classes we taught.

We are working with a local non-profit in Beirut, called Al-Jana (UNICEF affiliate), local dancers, and human rights experts to continue providing dance & empowerment workshops for the children in the refugee camps. We hope to continue this program and offer dance classes in refugee camps across Lebanon. Your donation will bring dance classes to hundreds of youth who have no access to arts education. For every 100 dollars raised this, will cover one dance workshop.

Your donation will be delivered directly to Al-Jana ( http://al-jana.org/) and the experienced local dance teachers who we have worked with. We have also worked on the ground with this organization during filming our Netflix show and have seen their good work in the camps. We will ask the dance teachers to submit videos and photos after each class, which will be shared. 

Vandana Hart, is the host of WE SPEAK DANCE, from New York, has a background in dance and worked for the UN and NGOs for 7 years in 30 countries on women's rights and safety and youth empowerment. 

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Thank you for supporting our campaign for Dance classes in Syrian Refugee camps. Omar, the dancer from We Speak Dance Netflix Lebanon episode is teaching classes every week and the students are loving it! Keep dancing and supporting arts for change.
Omar and Syrian Refugee youth
Dance class in Refugee Camp
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Omar, dancer on We Speak Dance Netflix Lebanon episode, just taught his first dance class in the Syrian refugee camp that we filmed in. He said the students had so much fun, really connected to the music and were empowered in their bodies.
He will continue teaching classes the next 6 months with the support from your donations! Thank you
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