Celebrate Dance A Difference Week!
A week of dance-based community service spread throughout the nation
The National Honor Society for Dance Arts (NHSDA), a program of NDEO, invites you to celebrate "Dance A Difference Week,” March 3-9, 2019. During this week, we dedicate ourselves to dance-based service in our communities. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to participate: NHSDA Chapters, school and university dance programs, studios, community organizations, dance companies, and individuals! All are encouraged to make a difference through dance this week. Some ways that you can participate include:
Sharing the joy of dance through performance
Plan a community performance during Dance A Difference Week. You can perform at a local school or daycare, put on a small show at a local retirement home, or prepare a performance for patients at a hospital.
Teaching a dance class to members of your community
You can teach a workshop to a specific group in need such as those with disabilities or youth in an underprivileged area, or just open up your studio to host an all-inclusive free dance workshop for community members.
Supporting charitable organizations
You can raise money for a local charity, a national dance organization, or any group in your community you think deserves the help. You might raise money through classes, workshops, or even ticket sales of a special Dance A Difference Week performance!
Completing a chapter service project in your community
Visit a local soup kitchen, make blankets or assemble hygiene kits for those in need, or find any local organization who needs volunteers. Need ideas? Visit nationalservice.gov/serve-your-community.
Here are just two examples of how Dance A Difference week was celebrated in 2018:
At the Woodside High School NHSDA Chapter in Newport News, VA, NHSDA inductees taught a yoga and stretch class to the school faculty. The students wanted to give back to their teachers, and decided to provide them with an opportunity to relax and ease stress through movement after school. According to Chapter Sponsor Hope Hunter, “We focus on being a service oriented organization, so Dance A Difference week fits with our mission. We think it’s very important to share dance to others in all ways/shapes/forms.”
At the NDEO Western Kentucky University Student Chapter in Bowling Green, KY, Chapter members Trevor Edwards and Jill Terry led a jazz dance technique class for the members of the WKU Best Buddies Dance Team. After the class, Chapter members observed the Best Buddies Dance Team and gave feedback on their choreography and performance. Best Buddies is a nonprofit organization dedicated to establishing a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. According to Terry, “Dance a Difference Week is important to our chapter because it aligns with our mission to enrich the lives of our members and the surrounding community through dance. It is the perfect reminder of why we exist as a chapter.”
No matter how you choose to participate, be sure to share your #DanceADifferenceWeek experience! Let us know how you plan to participate in the comments of this post, and use the hashtags #NHSDA and #DanceADifference on social media to show us how you are serving in your community. We might even share your experience on our social media pages to inspire other chapters to join in and give back to their communities.
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