Royal Expressions receives $5000 grant from North Carolina Arts Council for Dancing Dreamers Program
On Sept. 4, 2019, Royal Expressions Contemporary Ballet, was awarded $5000 from the North Carolina Arts Council in support of the new Dancing Dreamers Curriculum. The program is created with 9 – 14 year olds in mind, especially those in at-risk environments. The North Carolina Arts Council Artist Residency Grant supports artists working in schools or after school programs for 10 days or more. Royal Expressions company dancers Jade Donnell and Princess Johnson will facilitate the Dancing Dreamers programs at The Salvation Army Boys and Girls Clubs and Smith Homes staring in February 2020 and the program will run for 12 weeks.
In February 2018, Royal Expressions launched its first Dancing Dreamers pilot program at East White Oak Community Center. “Dancing Dreamers is more than just another outreach dance program. It is a curriculum that we plan to teach to dance teachers, educators, and mentors through training programs, so that they can then go out and use the curriculum to make a deep impact on their students and the community as a whole.”, says Princess Johnson.
The curriculum was developed by Princess Johnson in 2017 after speaking at a family conference alongside Willie Hinton. The Dancing Dreamers Curriculum was developed to help students “Dare to Dream”. Performing can be just as daunting as pursuing big dreams. Princess decided to use dance to help children let go of fear and unlock their potential. She does this through 10 modules that use motivational speakers, journaling, dance improvisation, and choreography. Children are motivated to write, speak, and dance their dreams. Johnson believes that dance is a critical part of this process because of the visualization techniques that are used in actually embodying their dreams even before they happen. She believes that by dancing their dreams, they can actually feel themselves living them, thus making what seems impossible, possible.
To learn more about Dancing Dreamers contact Princess Johnson, Founding Director of Royal Expressions Contemporary Ballet at 336-944-6146 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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