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.
Please help us congratulate our co-founder and Executive Director Brian Gerardo. On November 2, 2015, Open Society Institute-Baltimore announced at a press conference that Brian was one of ten social entrepreneurs selected for OSI-Baltimore's 2015 Community Fellowship.
The fellowship provides funding that allows Brian to dedicate himself full-time to strengthening and expanding BDCP. Through the fellowship, Brian will launch a Young Teaching Artist Institute to address Maryland's need for more accessible after school programs. The institute will prepare high school students to lead workshops and start hip-hop dance clubs in schools across Baltimore. Learn more about about Brian's fellowship here.
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