Local Teens Raise Money to Help Kenyan Dancers
Dancers from Graceful Expressions Dance Education send executive director and resident choreographer to the Kibera area of Nairobi, Kenya.
Photo courtesy of Graceful Expressions Dance Education
Each year, Cary-based nonprofit Graceful Expressions Dance Education funds charitable endeavors from a portion of its annual spring performance proceeds. This year, dancers chose to send their executive director and resident choreographer to the Kibera area of Nairobi, Kenya, in July to teach dance in four different community centers and schools.
“We want our young dancers to have the knowledge that they can and are impacting the world by using their talents and passions,” says Executive Director April Schweitzer.
Kibera’s program aligns with the philosophy of Graceful Expressions: To empower children through dance by building confidence, creativity, discipline and perseverance. The teachers taught in four different community centers and public schools during their trip.
“Many of these kids have experienced great trauma and stress in their lives,” Schweitzer says. “Dance gives them an outlet for that. They can express feelings they may not be able to put into words, and they can feel free from those worries during the time they are working on their art.”
Learn more at gracefuldance.com.