Maryland Institute for Dance Promotes Arts Exploration

The Maryland Institute for Dance (MID), a nonprofit organization that provides affordable dance education and dance scholarships to students, launched Dancing on Purpose last month. Dancing on Purpose is an eight-week summer education and outreach program that provides youth with various avenues to explore the arts and a safe option for parent’s seeking summer activities.

“Our mission is to transform lives through dance. Dancing on Purpose will do exactly that by giving local youth a positive summer option to keep them active and moving”, says Essence Moore, who co-founded MID in 2010. “We are committed to not just teaching dance movements, but giving our dancers a full instructional experience, which includes building blocks and fundamental lessons that transcend beyond the dance floor.”

MID kicked off the Dancing on Purpose summer program with “Dance Chronicles,” a dance showcase and silent auction to raise funds for their scholarship program on June 18th. Hosted by Fox 5 Morning News co-host, Allison Seymour, “Dance Chronicles” featured the areas best young dancers performing African dance, hip hop, tap, ballet and modern routines.

MID offers group dance sessions, choreography and performance classes, and audition choreography to students, ages three to adult. MID sessions run on a semester basis and include toddler focused classes, traditional dance classes, youth dance companies, summer intensives and Project Move, an education outreach program that supports the “Let’s Move” campaign championed by First Lady Michelle Obama. For more information about MID, click here.

The above information is adapted from a Maryland Institute for Dance press release received Wednesday, June 15th.

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About Cecile
Cecile Oreste is an arts marketing and public relations professional living in New York City. Follow her on Twitter @cecileoreste.

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