About the Program
The program has two aspects: connect Orange County youth to dance in higher education and provide an opportunity for UC Irvine undergraduate dance majors to hone their teaching practice. These UCI students will undergo intensive training to serve as the program’s dance teachers and inspire the children to shoot for the stars!
The 2016 “Shining Stars” Summer Dance Program
Last summer, we hosted 58 young dancers, aged 5-12 years old, on the UC Irvine campus for a free week-long dance outreach program. This summer, we plan to host at least 100 children! We want to double our number of studios, triple the budget, double our teacher numbers, and double the number of post-program scholarships we award, which allow the recipients to take classes at the best dance studios in Orange County!
News Articles about the 2015 Program:
LA Times – “A children’s dance class also focuses on body image and self-respect”
OC Register – “UCI program allows young dancers to shine”
Daily Pilot – “They’re honing dance skills to pass them on”
Dates for 2016 Program: August 15th-20th, 2016
Interested in enrolling your child in the 2016 program?
Follow this link for the Dancer Application!
In need of financial assistance to attend due to the tuition cost?
We also have a Scholarship Application!
Using the principles of jazz performance to empower communities to embrace and celebrate innovation.
Dr. S Ama Wray
Executive Assistant & Project Coordinator