“I am taking D2GB with me everywhere I go now and I will try to face my challenges”
-Marie Vargas, Camper 15
Our campers are the proof that the 5th year of our D2GB Children’s Performing Arts Camp accomplished more than we imagined!We had nearly 200 campers join us for a week of art and imagination. We added new classes such as puppetry, on camera acting, cartoon voice over and an Imagination Boot Camp! We also continued to share the latino culture and heritage through classes like the Argentinian theatre style of Murga and Mexican Folkloric Dance. We want to thank all the parents and organizations that joined us in making a difference through the arts: Mercy Center, Pachamama, Cypress Hills, Arts to Grow, All Purpose Room, Urban Health Plan, and Adolph S Ochs PS/IS 111.
In collaboration with the film “Step Up Revolution”, we were able to go beyond and end our camp with a flash mob on 52nd Street! It didn’t stop there. The week after the camp we brought over 60 campers to see the Theatreworks USA production of Skippyjon Jones, 50 camp participants and their parents to the pre-screening of “Step Up Revolution” and 80 volunteers, campers and parents to see Zapata! The Musical. Thank you to all the teachers who donated their time, RL volunteers, the NYC Police department, Roseland Ballroom, Peter and Ana Edwards, Broadway Cares Equity Fights AIDS, and everyone who made this week possible!
In 2012, we Dare to Go Beyond using the theme of IMAGINATION to teach important life skills such as:
- importance of a healthy living
“I learned lots about commitment and hard work…”
-Brian Alarcon, Camper, 16
- Dare to Go Beyond by taking risks, accepting challenges and pushing past limits that would keep me from trying my best.
- Commit to pursuing my own goals and understanding that my success is measured by challenging and competing with only myself.
- Respect those who have committed time and talent to teaching me, to the learning process and my peers by arriving early, listening and being considerate of others time and space.
- Believe that “I can” and to understand that mistakes happen and are necessary to help us learn.
- Support myself as well as others by working together with my group and learning from those around me.
Anika Larsen (Avenue Q), Arielle Rosales (Juxtapole), Becky Baumwoll (Broken Box Mime Company),Carlos Gonzalez (Zapata!, In The Heights – 2nd Natl. Tour), Christina Black (In The Heights – 1st Natl. Tour), Danielle Pretsfelder (Nickelodeon), David Jenkins (Broken Box Mime Company), Derric Harris (Free Man of Color), Elasea Douglas (FELA), Elena Gutierrez (Mamma Mia), Elizabeth Lucas (Zapata!), Enrique Segura (Lion King), Grisel Pren Monje (Zapata!), James Harkness (Guys and Dolls, Dreamgirls), Jerome Harmann (Kiss of the Spiderwoman, Swing!), Jon Rua (Hands on A Hard Body, In the Heights), Jose Ortiz a.k.a Dr. Drum (BombaYo), Kat Sherrell (In The Heights), Leslie Feliciano (Choreographer/ Teacher Broadway Dance Center), Michael Balderrama (Ghost, In The Heights), Luis Salgado (Women on the Verge, In The Heights, Candela), Michelle Brugal (Lion King), Rebecca Larkin (South Pacific, Avenue Q), Reza Salazar (See Girl Run, The Imperialists Are Still Alive!), Rickey Tripp (“SMASH”, In The Heights), Suni Reyes (Celia the Musical, La Barbería), Stephanie Klemons (Bring It On, In The Heights), Valeria Cossu(DC7- The Roberto Clemente Story, Candela).
About the D2GB Camp:
R.Evolución Latina’s D2GB Children’s Performing Arts Camp is an annual program that is offered to over 100 under served children ages 7-17 within the five boroughs of New York City. It is a free week-long camp where professional artists from the Broadway and Latino communities lend their talent and time to teach dance, singing, and acting to students who otherwise would not have access to the arts.
The D2GB Children’s Performing Arts Camp is possible through the generosity of the Herman Goldman Foundation.