GROOVE WITH ME INC
- Arts & Culture
- Children & Youth
Location186 E 123RD ST 2ND FLNEW YORK, NY 10035 United States
Groove With Me, Inc. is a youth development organization using free dance classes and performance opportunities as a tool to instill in young women the leadership, pride, spirit of cooperation, creativity, joy and discipline needed to confront the adversity in their daily lives and throughout their future development. The program seeks to decrease teen pregnancy, truancy, crime, violence, prostitution, substance abuse and gang related activity by nurturing youth, building self-confidence, offering positive choices, and providing a safe place to go.
Groove With Me began with a vision that a dance center could become a safe space where girls would discover their potential. In June 1996 the organization’s founder Abigail McCreath launched her first class with two students at Loisaida, Inc., a community center on the Lower East Side. In that first year, Groove With Me grew to serve over 40 girls ages 7-14 with five classes per week and seven volunteer teachers. In February 2001 Groove With Me opened its own studio in Spanish Harlem. In the first half hour of registration 200 girls poured through the door. This rapid growth clearly demonstrates the need for this girl-specific activity. Groove With Me, Inc. now offers 280 students, over 35 classes a week, taught by 30 volunteer teachers.