National Dance Institute (NDI) – Adopt a Class

NDI believes that the arts have a unique power to engage all children—despite differences in language, socio-economic background, and culture—and motivate them toward excellence. Throughout NDI’s history, NDI has successfully seeded programs both nationally and abroad. There are currently 11 NDI associate programs thriving in the United States. They have led cultural exchanges around the world in countries such as China, Russia, India, Africa, Israel, Indonesia, and Switzerland. These exchanges have enriched the lives of dancers by giving them a window into other worlds. Angel Shine’s gift supports one full year of NDI’s powerful and engaging arts program to an entire class in one of New York City’s under-resourced public schools.

Dancing Into the Future – I can too

Dancing into the Future – I can, too!” (DIF) is a collaboration among US National Dance Institute, China Welfare Institute Children’s Palace, Minhang Education Bureau and facilitated by the US-China Cultural Institute, using dance and music for social development of children, including migrant worker children. The project officially began as a 5-year pilot and since August 2011 and has grown from 8 schools to 22 schools, reaching over 6000 children, 20% of whom are from migrant families. In 2015, a decision was made to expand to all qualifying Minhang schools and in 2016 a new 20,000 square foot training center was completed as a home for the DIF program. Also for 2016, the Shanghai Education Bureau has authorized expanding the DIF program on a pilot basis to schools in all 15 counties of Shanghai, starting with 30 schools and thousands more children. A large-scale quantitative research project on its positive effects was conducted by The Shanghai Academy of Social Science, and completed in December 2014. A US advisory panel from Stanford University, Columbia University and Bank Street has been created to continue development of the research.

New York Philharmonic – Young People’s Concerts and Orchestra Academy

From early childhood through the teen years, Young People’s ConcertsTM nurture a lifelong love of music and concert-going. Concerts explore real musical topics through repertory of all periods, including the newest works, in series tailored to three distinct audiences. Angel Shine Foundation is pleased to underwrite the cost of concert tickets so that students in need can experience the transformative powers of music.

New York City Ballet (NYCB) Workshop with the Weinberg Family Cerebral Palsy Center

“Meeting Special Needs Children Where They Are”

NYCB designed a specialized program for children with cerebral palsy in partnership with the Weinberg Family Cerebral Palsy Center at Columbia University. Dr. D (Dr. Joseph Dutkowsky), Associate Medical Director and President of the American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine is a true visionary who created a successful bridge between science and the spirit. The workshops led by NYCB Principal Dancers Megan Fairchild and Adrian Danchig-Waring, provides two one-hour movement classes, introducing participants to ballet vocabulary and NYCB’s repertory with live piano music played by an NYCB pianist. Children learn a ballet warm-up followed by movement combinations inspired by excerpts from NYCB ballets. Some children are able to walk independently, while others use gait trainers and/or wheelchairs. Each child is paired with a volunteer medical student from Columbia who assists them with movement and coordination. This 1:1 ratio ensured hands-on, personal attention for all participants and enables their family members to sit back, relax, and enjoy watching their children move. Participants and their families are also invited to NYCB’s hour-long Family Saturdays programs held onstage at the David H. Koch Theater. Angel Shine Foundation and The Ford Foundation are pleased to support this worthwhile program.

Guguletu School for Children in Cape Town, South Africa

The Guguletu School for children is located in an impoverished township in Cape Town. The children’s smiles are unforgettable despite living in conditions where there is no running water, no toilets, no heat and sadly at times, no food. We cook meals, provide food and supplies, share our love of the arts through singing and dancing to over 220 children, ages 3-6 years old. This school is a beacon of light and serves to emphasize the importance of education and specifically literacy during these vital early childhood years.

Shen Wei Dance Arts – Leading Light for Children

Shen Wei Dance Arts’ Connect Transfer in the Schools relates dance and visual arts to curriculum-based goals and serves thousands of at-risk elementary and middle school students each spring at PS5 in Innwood and IS311 in East Brooklyn one of the New York City’s most underserved neighborhoods. For the past eight years, the arts-in-education program serves many children with special needs or for whom English is a second language and a number of students are in the foster care system. Shen Wei’s renowned dance was performed at the Beijing Olympics and around the world, combines movement and paint. Students investigate color, shape and space crafting a geometric painting made with their own bodies. With their solo work they are empowered to make decisions for themselves, in their group dances they learn to work collaboratively with others. Students are asked to write about a memory of fear, using their story to develop their own personal dance phrase. The program culminates with the students’ performance, promoting confidence, trust and self-expression. Angel Shine is pleased to provide a grant to this fantastic program.

Guggenheim Works and Process/Hudson Valley Dance Festival

Angel Shine is thrilled to underwrite performance tickets for underserved children to attend the great caliber of presentations at the Guggenheim Works and Process so they may be inspired and educated by the creative process of legendary artists. In addition, children who are living with pediatric HIV/AIDS and their families may also choose to attend the Hudson Valley Dance Festival benefiting Dancers Responding to AIDS and Broadway Cares.

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