Flex Dance Program Inc

Artistic Expression - Transformative Growth

aka Flex Dance Program   |   New York, NY   |  http://www.flexdanceprogram.org

Mission

The Flex Dance Program (Est. 2014) is an arts education initiative that fosters positive growth among young people in difficult circumstances through creative mentorship and Flex dance (flexn). FDP employs renowned dancers from local communities to develop dance skills and routines with their students, promoting self-esteem, cooperation, and communication. FDP seeks to transform physical energy into positive, non-verbal self-expression that offers an alternative to conflict. FDP has an interdisciplinary team that is passionate about allowing artists to make a consistent living doing meaningful work. Many dancers have expressed that sharing their craft through the teaching and mentoring of youth is an exceptionally valuable aspect of their career.

Ruling year info

2020

Principal Officer

Ragnhild Bruland

Co Principal Officer

Michael Aryee

Main address

154 Grand street apt 12 A

New York, NY 11249 USA

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EIN

83-2687947

NTEE code info

Arts, Cultural Organizations - Multipurpose (A20)

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

FlexIN FlexOUT FlexWORLD

FlexIN is everything we do inside institutions (e.g.detention centers and foster care) and FlexOUT is everything we do in the community (e.g.schools and community centers). Through participation in the Flex Program students will learn the basics of Flex Dance and have the opportunity to perform at events. FlexOUT includes paid youth internship opportunities.

FlexWORLD: Our vision is that all inner city kids have the opportunity to use their creative talents to express their story and inspire others to do the same.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Children and youth

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

For all of us dance serves a function - and for most dance saves! Whether you dance professionally or alone after finally ending that difficult relationship - dance saves! We are grateful for yet another year in which we have been able to do so much on behalf of the people that we serve.

Our overall support grew by 20% percent, thanks to you and our other partners – individuals, and other donors – that equip us to provide a full range of services to help transform lives in Brooklyn and beyond.

This past year we:

FDP started FlexOUT 2020 programming in East New York & Bedford Stuyvesant and also Manhattan through a continued partnership with Carnegie Hall and the Door NYC.

After the announcement of the pandemic FDP moved all of their sessions to online to keep staff and students safe. We hosted classes on zoom up to four days a week even collaborating with New York Youth Justice as one of their partners this summer reaching 200 kids Clip

We remain committed to students in detention and continue to offer free classes to youth at Crossroads Juvenile Detention. In September 2020, we started in person FlexIN sessions at the Crossroads Detention Center. We missed the interaction with children and just giving them that glimmer of hope through the sessions.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person),

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    FDP continues to monitor and respond to the public health situation regarding COVID-19. We wish to support the City of New York’s efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19 and to prioritize the health of our students, artists, and staff. It is also our high priority to ensure that teaching, learning, and research (program evaluation) are progressing and that youth continue to have access to programs and opportunities that we offer. Flex Dance Program served 400 youth with FlexIN - FlexOUT programming in 2020.Recent feedback from 100 students say that 86% felt less stressed after a session with Flex and 95% felt more focused. Additionally, the majority expressed that they wanted the sessions to continue, and that they wanted more special events.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

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Flex Dance Program Inc

Board of directors
as of 02/22/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ragnhild Bruland

Rob Andrews

Sandra Cobb

Organizational demographics

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