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- The Mission at LPDA -
Our mission at LPDA is to positively impact our students so that they become healthy, well-rounded, inspired and accountable youth that will grow into intelligent, articulate and creative individuals who joyfully share their artistic passion, while actively striving to support and improve their communities.
Q: How do we accomplish our mission?
- We place full and engaging performing arts programs into middle schools and high schools throughout Los Angeles County that lack them. Our program is an artistic outlet that works hand-in-hand with each host-school, using cross-disciplinary applications of dance and academics. For example: Ballet corresponds with geometry, Hip-Hop with human biology and more.
- We invest time, resources, technique, discipline, performance etiquette and pertinent tools that prepare young artists for their pursuit of professional dance careers.
- We network and solidify partnerships with local businesses that are passionate about sustaining after school programs and arts education.
- We help students learn retention skills for their regular academic classes, in order to improve their test preparation abilities and enhance their GPA.
- We offer a health conscious program called The LPDA Healthy Habits Program, where we focus on introducing healthy food options and educate young dancers on the value of habitually planning and properly preparing meal servings. Positive personal health, gradually eliminating adolescent obesity and diabetes, and improving healthy brain function are key results that LPDA strives for in this program.
The Leah Prunty Dance Arts Non Profit Youth Dance Organization was founded on August 6, 2009 and established as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization on March 18, 2010. This organization was created to place arts programming back to middle schools and high schools that have had their funding and/or arts programming cut. We build partnerships with schools, communities and cities to foster the creative talents of the youth, bridging the gaps between performing arts and academics. The organization, through its programs, also addresses the issues of reversing the drop-out rate among teens, reducing adolescent obesity, and adding much needed jobs to communities we serve throughout Los Angeles County. The LPDA After School Performing Arts Program is a comprehensive arts outlet offering a learning experience that is infused with the creative aspects of individual expression, dance history, subject matter coherent with California Content Standards for Performing Arts and Physical Education, as well as a culmination of performance and choreographic work. Students have the opportunity to express themselves through a number of different dance styles, find themselves in an environment of learning and positive family oriented values, and to share their talents with the community and the world. Professional guest artists are invited on a regular basis to divulge wisdom, knowledge and choreographic expertise with our students so as to prepare them for the world of professional dance and artistry. This collaboration gives local, emerging and renowned artists an opportunity to choreograph and pass down their expertise. Dancers take educational and inspiring field trips, and showcase their talents by performing in their own concerts. Service Learning projects such as: green matters, lowering one's carbon footprint, cleaning of our local environment, reading and advocating literacy to elementary school children and collaborating with foster children and the elderly community on creative and movement projects, will also be embarked upon as the students fuse the dance of life with preservation of the environment we all share.
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