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Breaking The Barrier: For Boyz Only

Goal: To provide free dancewear to underserved and economically disadvantaged boys in Duval County.

Total Project Value: $2,500

Project End Date: 12/31/2017   (190 days remaining)

Status: Amount Given: $65 | Goal Amount: $2,500

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What an easy way to help senior citizens in our area, even with a small donation.

Nick, Jacksonville

Project Description

Breaking The Barrier: For Boyz Only is a program created as an opportunity for underserved and/or economically disadvantaged boys to gain exposure to the art form of dance.

This program is geared exclusively for boys and taught by male instructors. Boys receive positive encouragement and learn about the benefits of dance for boys including exercise, improved flexibility, artistic expression, coordination, and improved self-confidence. All of which can help them in other areas of life and education. The Florida Ballet offers free dance instruction, as well as dancewear and shoes associated with this program.

Besides the financial challenges prohibiting male students from a dance education, society still stereotypes young men who show an interest in the art form - effeminate, not tough etc. This perception demonstrates a lack of understanding of what it really takes to be a dancer. Hopefully as the boys experience these dance classes and their families learn about the athleticism and physical demands involved in dance, the usual stereotypes associated with the art form will dissipate - breaking the barrier.

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