A Youth Powered Artistic Community.

DAP's young artist initiative is a program that connects dancers from all over the Chicago-land area.  Through projects, events and volunteer experiences we guide them in realizing the potential in themselves and their art form to make a difference.  From there, they are able to empower and inspire others to do the same, thus creating a life long ripple effect of positive social change and awareness.  DAP provides a supportive and positive space for our young artists to share this discovery with the world.  

This extraordinary group is made up of dancers ages 10-19 years of age with a passion for dance, collaborating with others, and developing their individual voice within our community.  They exhibit a drive to succeed both inside and outside of the studio.

2016-2017 YAI

JOLIE ARMSTRONG - IRINA MAKKAI CLASSICAL BALLET AND DANCE SCHOOL

IMANI ARNETT - CHICAGO MULTI-CULTURAL DANCE CENTER & WY GUYS AND DOLLS

LUKIA ARTEMAKIS - BALLET CHICAGO & WY GUYS AND DOLLS

OLIVIA FINKS - DEFINITION DANCE ACADEMY

AMELIA GENTHE - SENN ARTS

CAMILLE JORDAN - THE JOFFREY ACADEMY OF DANCE

LILY MAY KENNEBREW - PERFORMING ARTS LIMITED

MAURA HAAS - DANCE & MUSIC ACADEMY

ISA SANCHEZ - EXTENSIONS DANCE COMPANY

MAGGIE SALTER - INDEPENDENT

GRACE SCULLION - FOSTER DANCE STUDIOS

ERIN SIEBERT - THE RUTH PAGE CENTER FOR THE ARTS

MEGAN SULLIVAN - DANCE & MUSIC ACADEMY

LUCIA WOLFE - DEFINITION DANCE ACADEMY

Each DAP young artist will build a "Triple AAA" project throughout the season, which begins by selecting a cause or initiative they are passionate about.  "Triple AAA" represents an Ambitious Altruistic Action, a concept developed by Dancers Awareness Project founder and artistic director Ashley Rockwood.  We encourage them to think big.  With mentoring from our program they are able to develop a strategy, identify resources in the community, build a team, and eventually make it happen- learning the possibilities are endless.  Outstanding opportunities and engagements include:

PERFORMANCES

professional photo & video shoots

classes & workshops

COMMUNITY OUTREACH

GOAL SETTING

Choreography & Teaching

MULTIMEDIA PRODUCTION

and more...


For more insight on the program email yai@dancersawarenessproject.org