In 2020, when the world was at the height of the pandemic, a group of dancers, teachers, choreographers, and arts workers were brought together with a common goal, making an impact on diversity in the dance community. Through many ideas and numerous discussions with industry leaders, community members, and studios, we discovered the best way to make lasting change is to begin at the start of a dancer's training. Through access, education, and visual representation we realized young BIPOC dancer's would have the tools to continue on to a successful dance career.
In 2021, Share the Movement was launched. We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to increasing diversity in the professional dance community by providing financial, educational and inspirational support to promising young BIPOC dancers.
Since launching, we have provided over $30,000 in summer scholarships to young BIPOC students from around the world to various elite training programs. Our mentorship program has connected students with some of the top dancers/choreographers in the industry. And we're getting ready to launch a free education series, providing dance classes and health awareness to communities across the nation.
Our community program highlights and shares the stories of professional BIPOC dancers throughout the dance world so that young dancers have more opportunities to see professional dancers who look like themselves. Our community members are also paid by Share the Movement to teach free classes that highlight various genres of dance, especially those whose origins come from communities of color.
In the few short years since we've launched, we've been able to accomplish so much and we're so excited to see where the next few years will take us! Thank you for your support!