OUTREACH DANCE INSTRUCTION
The thought of "dance for free" began back in 2012, when co-founder, Ashley, befriended a family of a single mother with 4 girls who had been through a rough patch. They survived Hurricane Katrina, as well as a sexual predator. They re-located into a family member's house in Northern Virginia. And yet, they were still marching on with smiles and endless energy and light, while their mother was doing her best to finish her college education in nursing, working full-time and dealing with grueling court cases. Dance is an escape from reality and that's what Ashley wanted to give these girls, so she began going to their home and giving them dance instruction. This wonderful family are now thriving back in their home of Louisiana. This, as well as countless other encounters with incredibly talented kids whom are not afforded dance or arts lessons, are where the inspiration came from for Nomadic Artist outreach program.
Below are some photos from our summer outreach dance program of 2017 at Caterpillar Clubhouse in Manassas, Va. We believe that dance and the arts, in general, are a fantastic way to help children discover their untapped passions and creative talents, while providing structure and opportunity to kids who might otherwise may never be afforded the chance to dance.
Photography Credit (background): Mariana C. Barros