Arts and educational nonprofit R.Evolución Latina, founded by dancer/choreographer Luis Salgado (In the Heights) and co-directed by dancer/actress Gabriela García (Chicago), announces its 3rd Annual D2GB ("Dare to Go Beyond!") Children's Performing Arts Camp this July 21-23 at Pearl Studios in Manhattan. This free camp will provide more than 150 underserved and Latino children age 7-17 the chance to experience the arts through classes taught by performers from the Broadway and Hispanic communities.
The D2GB Children's Performing Arts Camp is an annual program offered by R.Evolución Latina that serves Latino communities and their families in the five boroughs of New York. The 2010 camp program will include classes in acting, several forms of dance, singing and voice, improv, nutrition, music, history, folklore and community awareness.
This year's teachers will include Michael Balderrama (In the Heights), Derrick Baskin (Memphis), Josh Bergasse (Movin' Out), Michelle Brugal (The Lion King), J. Bernard Calloway (Memphis), DWayne Clark (In the Heights), Gabriela García (Chicago), Chris Harbur, Ian Hersey, Stephanie Klemons (In the Heights), Doreen Montalvo (In the Heights), José Ortiz (BombaYo), José Restrepo (Grease), Jon Rua (In the Heights), Reza Salazar, Luis Salgado (In the Heights), Enrique Segura (The Lion King), and Emmanuel Torres. "Through these classes, we teach leadership, collaboration, commitment, respect, self-awareness, and responsibility," says Luis Salgado, founder and director of R.Evolución Latina. "There is so much to be learned in an acting class or dance class besides the discipline itself, you learn to listen, to work together, to take risks in trying something you maybe have never tried before; you must pay attention to deliver what the teacher asks of you. These are great tools that the kids will then take with them into their daily lives," commented Co-Director Gabriela García. Built around R.Evolución Latina's motto, "Dare to Go Beyond!," all aspects of the D2GB Children's Performing Arts Camp will challenge students to believe in themselves and strive to accomplish their dreams.
Organizations participating this year include The Mercy Center, The Point, Cypress Hills, KIPP School in Harlem, Pan-American International High School, and Brooklyn International High School in collaboration with the International Rescue Committee. Sponsors and supporters of the 2010 camp include the Herman Goldman Foundation, Pearls Studios, Energy Kitchen, Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and gendance.
"By introducing these children to positive role models, we can instill in them the desire 'be the change they wish to see in the world.' Each teacher and volunteer who participates in the camp mentors the children with their own story, and through this interaction and the empowering experience that is art and performance, we create future leaders," says Luis Salgado, founder and director of R.Evolución Latina.