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.