Planting Seeds Scholarship Initiative
Given the global pandemics, Ballet Afrikana is shifting to virtual arts education. Ballet Afrikana continues its dedication to providing solid culturally-centered dance education focused on identity development—self-knowledge—and the fundamentals of movement. Through arts education, students not only explore dance, but also become empowered to learn and embrace their heritage leading to: heightened self-esteem, creativity, discipline and the tenacity to achieve.
We invite you to contribute to the Planting Seeds Scholarship initiative. Your support is invaluable as we continue to provide youth dance-arts education within the Greater Rochester community and beyond.
We are grateful for our previous accomplishments, and we look forward to achieving more!
Provided—and continue to provide—culturally-centered dance education to more than 50 youths within the Greater Rochester community
Featured in WXXI's Children's Digital Series, I Can Be What?! premier episodes focused on teaching dance, studying dance, and performing.
Forty dancers and their families traveled to New York City to experience Dance Theatre of Harlem (2017) and Newark, New Jersey to experience Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre (2019)
Established partnerships with dance schools/studios/companies in the Washington-DC Metropolitan area.
Established partnerships with the Horizons Program at the Warner Graduate School of Human Development and Education, University of Rochester and the Step 2 College Program with Rochester City School District’s East High School
Established storytime partnership for culturally-relevant pedagogy with Irondequcit Public Library and Strong Museum of Play's Virtual Storytime series.
Ballet Afrikana lives to promote Black arts, education, and cultural development by making these offerings accessible to persons of African descendant residing within Greater Rochester. Our families appreciate your support!
Any funds donated to Ballet Afrikana: Dance Prep Academy support our Afrikana dancers who are passionate and committed to their dance development. We are grateful for donations of any size. Thank you!
We also accept CashApp donations. Our CashApp name is $BalletAfrikanaDPA and please indicate via a note: "Planting Seeds."