BDCP ended 2015 in style by being featured on National Public Radio (NPR). Executive Director Brian Gerardo spoke with Sheilah Kast on WYPR's Midday. Brian joins Open Society Institute-Baltimore Community Fellows to share how BDCP and other social impact organizations are unlocking Baltimore's greatness and lifting communities.
BDCP hosted its 2nd Annual Community Jam on Saturday, December 12 at the Ministry of Swing. Around 200 guests and dancers came by to support the 2-v-2 battle. Freestyle is a major part of hip-hop dance. It is an opportunity to improvise movement and create dance on-the-spot. What is unique about BDCP's community jam is the mentoring atmosphere. On the day of the event, youth dancers are randomly paired with experienced adult freestyle dancers.
Watch videos above and click link to see more videos from the event.
We are excited to participate in our very first #GIVINGTUESDAY! We will need your help! Please visit bit.ly/bdcpgivingtuesday to learn more about our goal to raise $5000 and have 5000 people dancing with us!
Please see previous blog post for our experience at this year's SLAM Benefit Showcase.
If you were not able to join us at the show, check out our photos and videos below.
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On Friday, November 13, members of SLAM, a hip-hop dance team at Johns Hopkins University, hosted a benefit showcase. We were honored to be the recipient of a $2000 donation (the most ever raised by SLAM). With this contribution, we are excited to be able to expand our Blitz Day programming to new schools and strengthen our auditioned team programs. Thank you to the leaders of SLAM for continuing to support us.
The evening brought together hip-hop dancers from across the Washington DC, Virginia, and Maryland region to Shriver Hall at the Homewood Campus of Johns Hopkins University. A sold out audience, witnessed works by both upcoming and professional choreographers who staged both emotional and entertaining dance sets. The SLAM Showcase has also become a regional homecoming for the local dance community. It provided an opportunity for BDCP dancers to build lasting relationships with other youth groups, collegiate dancers, and experienced adult dancers.
Three of our teams performed at the showcase: BDCP Junior Varsity, BDCP Seniors, and BDCP Collective. The performances marked the official debut of our new auditioned youth team structure and introduced the public to our new 2015-2016 roster. BDCP Collective Dancers were the first of our teams to perform. Our adult team tapped into their personal lives to produce a set that reflected how dance is still a needed part of their lives even with full time careers. The BDCP JV team kept the fun by performing a two song number to Freeze and Treasure. We are proud of the BDCP JV dancers for completing the team's very first stage performance! Toward the end of the showcase, the BDCP Seniors performed their "Follow My Lead" set. The set challenged the audience to reflect on what happens when we take away funding and support for extracurricular activities?
We are excited to share video from all of our performances soon.