Arts, Culture, and Humanities

AFTER SCHOOL DANCE FUND

Baila4Life

aka Baila4Life

Silver Spring, MD

Mission

ASDF was established in 2010. Our mission is to develop youth leadership and promote wellness, heritage and unity through Latin dance education using our after school Latin dance program, which is offered free of charge to over 260 at-risk students annually. ASDF offers meaningful after-school experiences that empower students to learn about their heritage and culture, keep them communicating at home, and motivate them to continue their personal and educational growth in order to become healthy and positive members of our community and global society. Participants learn to perform popular Latin dances and live a healthy lifestyle. Latin dancing becomes a vehicle for increased cultural awareness and pride, while fostering exercise and building community.

Ruling Year

2012

Executive Director

Mr. Ricardo Loaiza

Main Address

1229 Dale Dr

Silver Spring, MD 20910 USA

Keywords

MCPS, DCPS, PCS, Latin Dance Education, Youth, Salsa, Merengue, Bachata, ChaCha, Five(ish)minute Latin dance lessons, Maryland, Washington, DC, AfterSchoolDanceFund, ASDF, DCSALSERO, Ricardo Loaiza,

EIN

27-3490318

 Number

2613623171

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Arts Education/Schools (A25)

Cultural, Ethnic Awareness (A23)

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Annual MCPS Latin Dance Competition

DC Schools Latin dance competition

PG County Public Schools Pilot 2017-2018 Pilot

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The After School Dance Fund (ASDF) is a Silver Spring-based nonprofit organization established in 2010 by Montgomery County resident Ricardo Loaiza, a dancer and choreographer originally from Colombia. ASDF's mission is to develop youth leadership and promote wellness, heritage and unity through Latin dance education. Our goals are to combat the troubling prevalence of preventable social and health issues in the Latino community, including teen domestic violence childhood obesity, teen pregnancy, high rates of high school dropouts, and the devastating influence of gangs in our communities.

Through our after school Latin dance programs offered free of charge to more than 300 at-risk students from 17Montgomery County public high schools, ASDF offers meaningful after-school experiences that empower students to learn about their heritage and culture, keep them communicating at home, and motivate them to continue their personal and educational growth in order to become healthy and positive members of our Montgomery County community and our global society. Participants in our After School Dance Program learn to perform popular Latin dances and live a healthy lifestyle. To this end, Latin dancing becomes a vehicle for increased cultural awareness and pride, while fostering exercise and building community.

Our strategies include to build self-confidence by teaching about Latino popular dance rhythms and preparing students for public performances and showcases that include cross-generation Latin dancing with parents and/or grandparents. We are hereby also Increasing school engagement, through school dance clubs,which serve to keep students engaged in activities on-campus and community wide events. These dance clubs have demonstrated to be a safe place for students to Improve peer relationships with other student dancers where they come to support each other and learn about respect of personal space during partner dancing sessions.

The program has shown to provide a safe place for newcomers to attend after school and create healthy relationships that help them to integrate in this new rich diversity culture. Also this has become the only after school program available to all students that do not qualify for any other "afterschool programs", but need something to stay out of trouble.

The After School Dance Fund has numerous dance teachers and numerous dance dance coaches (Alumni students) working at the participating High Schools in Montgomery County Public Schools serving approximately 300 students,. In the District of Columbia Public and public Charter School District we are serving approximately 80 students annually. Our new pilot endeavor in the PG County Public Schools has shown very promising results.

Our partnership with the University of Maryland's "Clarice Center", has allowed us to explore and justify that Latin dancing is what the community needed. Follow us on INSTAGRAM #WEPA or in twitter @Baila4life.org

The After School Dance Fund implements a Pre and Post Student surveys which measures student progress in dance skills, communication at home, teen domestic violence prevention knowledge, inter-generational relationships, behavior on and of school hours, motivation, leadership skills and graduation rates.

The AFSDF and the Annual MCPS Latin Dance Competition has been held since 1999 in Montgomery County, and since 2010 at The Music Center Strathmore. This signature event unifies the largest number of Latino students and their families in one place: to showcase and share with the rest of the community, the nation and the world (via social media), Latin Culture at its best. The program's success was acknowledged in 2014 with Ricardo Loaiza, Founder and Executive Director, receiving "The Montgomery County Executive's Community Award for The Excellence in the Arts and Humanities".

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Yes

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BOARD COMPOSITION

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BOARD PERFORMANCE

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Yes

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