Broadway and NYC performing artists donated their time and talents, once again as teaching artists at the 11th Annual Dare to Go Beyond (D2GB) Children’s Performing Arts Camp.
This year’s camp aligned with summer programming that has been taking place since June in Puerto Rico. We have been investing funds in local artists that are working with communities in need, bringing inspiration and empowerment to communities that are still rebuilding from the devastation hurricane Maria left. NYC’s camp focused on “Art Rebuilds” giving campers a voice, and supporting those in need that are near and far.
Children from the five boroughs of New York City spent a week together being empowered through the arts thanks to artists from the Broadway and NYC artistic communities.
What was different in this year’s program?
The camp took on a new structure and welcomed a team of hand selected leaders to provide an even more nurturing process to allow campers to grow and believe in themselves.
For the first time a special sharing was presented at The Linney Theatre at the Signature Theatre Center. The D2GB Children’s Performing Arts Camp is the only free and bilingual Broadway summer camp in New York.
Some of the campers had the opportunity to visit Ripley’s Believe it or Not museum that is currently featuring camp leader “Chicle”s unique talent in their 2018 book. Chicle came from Puerto Rico after being part of R.Evolución Latina’s work on the island to lead a group of campers during this week, to instill the values of rebuilding through the arts and celebrating the individual.
The program was possible through the generosity of the Herman Goldman Foundation. Additional support is provided by Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, Ripley’s Believe it or Not, Pearl Studios, GrowNYC, and Starlight Deli.
The 2018 Team:
The 2018 teaching artists included Nate Lombardi (The Groovy Project), Jorge Iván Latorre “Chicle” Clown/Comedian, Jerome Harmann (Dirty Dancing), Joomin Hwang (The Prom), Dionne Figgins (Motown), Becca Larkin (Ave. Q), Roddy Kennedy (Hamilton), Nicholas Mason (Newsies) Ehizoje Azeke (Beyonce, Madonna dancer), Whitney Renee (Ragtime), Valeria Cossu (Mayumana), Dr. Drum & Bomba-Yo, Sunilda Reyes, Danielle Pretsfelder (Nickelodeon), Luis Salgado (On Your Feet), and special guest Mandy Gonzalez who is currently playing Angelica Schuyler in Hamilton.
Team Captains: Zuleinette Ralat, Marianel Marquez, Samia Omari, Igor Correa and Facundo A. Ortigoza. Volunteer leaders Adam Bourque, Nedelka Sotelo, Melissa Barajas, Matt Ting, Diana Victoria, Krystal You, Angelica Ramirez, and Nathan Rodriguez, plus additional volunteers throughout the week.
Thanks to Carla Rodriguez – Program Coordinator, and camp staff.