Dance N Association (DNA) is a new dance program in the South Bay and has been offering programs since February for kids ages 2 to 11 at local parks in Rolling Hills Estates, Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach and Santa Monica. They have summer sessions starting for this summer.
Recently, I spoke with artistic director, Tina Leder who shared a little about her unique program. She indicated DNA offers various dance programs for youth and adults (depending on the location) ranging from ballet to glee (show choir) to hip-hop. Classes run on sessions, usually 8 week sessions, so the kids can progress in each class and learn a class choreography to showcase for the parents and guests at the end of the session, which is something both the family and the children look forward to and seem to enjoy. She recalls one time, “this little four year old girl had two of her aunties, godparents, siblings, and other family member come to watch her ‘last day performance’ and she was on top of the world with her big cool-aid smile, I never seen her so concentrated on getting the routine just right then on that day and it was honestly one of the cutest and loving thing I’ve ever seen. This is really why we do what we do, to help bring people together in support of one another. We’re a community based dance company and strive to promote self-love, determination, and comradery within each city, which is the reason why we use city recreation centers to offer all of our programs.”
Tina went on to explain that “parents can also feel that they are contributing on a broader scale, with our endorsement to a wonderful non-profit organization called Artist Striving to End Poverty (ASTEP), conceived by Broadway Musical Director Mary-Mitchell Campbell and a group of Julliard students. With each class in our program, ASTEP is endorsed to help underserved children across the united states and various other countries through the form of arts (practical, musical, dancing, and performing) education. It’s one way we try to give back to the community amongst others.”
This summer DNA will have their half day camps in Rolling Hills Estates: Glee Camp June 16-20 (6-11year olds), Cheer Dance Camp June 23-27 (4-6 year olds), Fairytale Ballet class which involves crafts and arts time making a wand and a crown to be incorporated in class and in the last day performance. In Manhattan Beach and/or Hermosa Beach they will offer ity bity hip hop class, mommy and me ballet, classical ballet, and glee club. In Santa Monica their will be cheer, glee, zumba, and barre fitness.
Locations include: Joslyn Center and Creative Arts Center Manhattan Beach, Community Center Hermosa Beach, Community Center Rolling Hills Estates, and Marine Park Building Santa Monica.