SHIMMY CLUB INC

Rating: 4.79 stars   14 reviews

Issues: Arts & Culture

Location: 5794 S.W. 40th Street #131 Miami FL 33155 USA

Mission: Serving as a cultural catalyst bringing music, arts, and dance from around the world to local communities, The Shimmy Club, Inc. promotes socially-oriented activities that not only unite families within a particular cultural heritage, but also strengthen our richly diverse communities across these traditions. In keeping with its strong philosophy of inclusiveness and diversity, we offer mixed-ability programming, events, activities and arts education to people having disabilities.
Results: Our current fundraising effort reaches more youth, fosters inclusive practices as successfully applicable in every circumstance and simultaneously expands our arts offerings for all-abilities kids. To these ends, we have successfully implemented PA-TIRIKI-TA, a more varied world dance arts program, and are currently editing film for a documentary that follows this program's inclusive arts experience. PA-TIRIKI-TA; THE FILM is set for screenings to middle and high school students beginning late May 2012.
Target demographics: Children and youth having disabilities between 10-22 years old.
Direct beneficiaries per year: 100
Geographic areas served: Miami-Dade County, Broward County
Programs: PA-TIRIKI-TA - A unique opportunity for kids of all abilities to experience self-expression through culturally diverse dance arts and on-stage performance. The program has brought kids together with world-class professional dancers and musicians for immersion in four different dance art forms: Argentine tango, flamenco, Afro-Cuban, and hip-hop/break dancing. Over the course of just a couple months these kids trained and shared the stage with the professionals in four interactive, surprise performances for the highly unsuspecting students at W.J. Bryan Elementary school in North Miami, Florida, during what was typically, their lunch-only period! PA-TIRIKI-TA: THE FILM follows the performing kids, professional artists, elementary school staff and parents involved from rehearsal to stage documenting what can happen when dance becomes a common language and self-expression lets loose. You Move Me Tango - Recognizing music and partner dancing as powerful social and artistic motivators, this program provides Argentine tango classes to youth having visual and/or other exceptionalities. Designed by experienced Argentine tango professionals dedicated to the cause of inclusion, You Move Me Tango has heightened artistic awareness, self-confidence, teamwork and healthy social skills among its participants fostering integration, community awareness and involvement. Miami Tangos - The Shimmy Club, Inc. supports the study of Argentine tango and is committed to furthering the growth of the entire Tango community. Miami Tangos collaborates with local, national and international tango artists/instructors, event promoters and organizers through networking, promotion and production to offer affordable, accessible events.
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Rating: 4 stars  

As a live withness, I can tell about how amazing are the involvement, the management and the results achieved by the Shimmy Club on young impaired children. Donation to this organization is a real investment in the society improvement!

Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

The Shimmy Club has so enhanced the lives of the children. I have witnessed blind childern who at first sat in a chair and had no or very little interaction, turn into completely outgoing self suficient people, it touched my heart like nothing else.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

This a very special program that aids kids with disabilities evolve there artistic and technical skills as dancers. It also helps develop there social and cultural awareness. I have seen kids who come in on there first day, shy with poor posture, blossom into free moving sculptures. The progress these kids make is so touching. This is truly a very important project!

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

The Shimmy Club is an unusual organization that brings joy and a venue for self expression and improved self-esteem to an under-served population. As a volunteer helping with the PR, it's been a pleasure to learn more about the Shimmy Club's mission, as well as to witness the dedication that its supporters provide. Dianne Castro is extremely committed to intelligently guiding the organization's growth and keeping information on the website accessible to its primary audience, the visually impaired. As a dancer in the tango community, I've also witnessed first-hand the pleasure the students get in joining in a milonga or performing. This organization has been supported unflaggingly by the local South Florida tango community and some devoted tango professionals who lend their skills. It's my hope that it gains well deserved national recognition.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Dancing with the students, seeing the results of performances & fundraising.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Have operations, funding, etc. explained to supporters, as well as the time that is involved in organizing events.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

I learned much more about the organization, the needs of the visually impaired, and the founder, Dianne Castro's remarkable skillsets and professionalism. I also gained additional PR experience and contacts.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Confident in the abilities of fellow volunteers, appreciation of the difficulties of learning this art form by the visually impaired, and thankful for the generosity of fellow tango community members.

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