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Shimmy Club Inc

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Causes: Arts & Culture

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.

Community Stories

3 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

About 5 years ago I was introduced to The Shimmy Club Inc. I volunteered to perform at one of their Fundraiser in Parrot Jungle. While preparing for the event I saw the children come out and prepare for their performance of the Argentine Tango. It was clear that some of the children were legally blind, some had physical disabilities, and others in addition had intellectual challenges. Despite all these challenges; it all seamed to disappeared when they began to dance. Their performance blew me away and that is when I knew I wanted to be apart of the Shimmy Club in a bigger/better way. A year or so later I became lead instructor in the program. It has been the most rewarding decision I had ever made. To be able to witness the physical and social change in these children in the classroom and in their every day life has been fascinating. My first time in class, I saw the difference between the new students and those who had started with the program. The new students posture was poor, they walked has if without any physical strength, and portrayed low self esteem. Months later when it was time to asses the students, it was great to see the progress in how they became aware of dancing with a straight back, walk with awareness instead of slouching along. The students disabilities no longer enabled them. I remember one of the students telling me "Ms. Ana this is my exercise. It is the only thing I can do and not be in a lot of pain." This organization deserves every support. This organization servers their community and the thousands of children with disabilities.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Shimmy Club does a great job of helping kids in need while at the same time providing opportunities for artists to excel at their gifts. It is rare to find a facility and an owner who offers both on a continuous basis. It has been great to see the Shimmy Club grow over the years in its projects and programs.

Yanira C.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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!