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 (282 days remaining)
Status: Amount Given: $65 | Goal Amount: $2,500
After discovering this site, I keep wanting to give and give and give!
This amount will allow us to purchase one male white t-shirt, a piece of class attire.
This amount will allow us to purchase a pair of black ballet slippers needed in class.
This amount will allow us to purchase one pair of black shorts and one pair of jazz pants.
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.