WILL•I•D.A.N.C.E (Discipline. Achievement. Nurture. Character. Excellence.) is the passion project created by two inner-city Bronx women, who know first hand what the long-term impact of strong, positive female role models within our communities can be.
Since 2016, W•I•D has utilized space in Manhattan to teach dance classes to young ladies, ages 6-16, from The Bronx. We currently teach 4 disciplines; African, Caribbean, Ballet/Lyrical and Hip-hop. Each class is 60 minutes and includes nurturing lessons in personal development areas such as self-awareness, problem solving, conflict resolution and teamwork. Our program engages youth and their families, to create a safe space both in our studio and at home, where self-expression and discipline help build confidence and a positive self image.
We are raising money to open a studio in the The Bronx to better serve our community and continue our mission of "Building & strengthening the character of youth by fostering creative development and self-expression through *D.A.N.C.E.” The Bronx has the some of worst health statistics in NYC in poverty, lack of education, and childhood obesity according to NYS Department of Health. Coupled with a high population of low-income residents, without programs like ours this trend will only continue. A space in The Bronx will increase our presence, allowing us to provide more classes and services encouraging a healthy lifestyle, and providing a positive activity to “at-risk" youth. Additionally, it will allow easy access to a community where “carfare” is one of the biggest barriers to participation because finances should never dictate our youth’s ability to better themselves.
Our goal of $100,000 will be used for construction, designing and renovation of a space and purchase of supplies (mirrors, floors, bars,etc...) to turn our space into a optimal, safe dance studio for conducting classes.
Check out our website will.i.dance.com and also social media on Instagram @will_i_dance_ and Facebook @Will.I.Dance1 .
- Janay Freeland
- Tonya Carr
- Jess Lombardo