According to Moving Forward Dallas Founder Madison Hicks,
Moving Forward Dallas (MFD) strives to empower young dancers by providing affordable unique training opportunities that will help to equip them with the skills they need to succeed in today’s artistic world. Our mission is to give young artists access to cost-effective resources that promote creative, mental and physical well-being. We give dancers a safe environment to hone their artistry alongside fellow artists and mentors who have attained success in their fields. Through quarterly dance workshops (known as “intensives”) MFD gives dancers access to affordable dance teaching that is often otherwise unattainable. The physical, mental, social and artistic benefits of dance are well-documented, and it is those benefits that we seek to give to all students, regardless of their economic standing. Thus far, MFD has served 300 young dancers in their missions to hone their craft, curate physical and mental fitness, and launch a career in the arts.
North Texas Giving Day will help create more awareness of what we are trying to provide for young artists. Any financial support raised will support MFD’s workshops, which serve 120-150 low-income children residing in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. These quarterly programs provide cost-effective dance lessons, space for creativity and expression, and an opportunity for young artists to receive tutelage and career mentorship from experienced dancers. The workshops are currently offered at an affordable price far lower than similar programs. Funding would support the program’s staffing and studio rental costs, allowing the workshops to be offered at as little cost as possible. Moving Forward also provides college scholarships to help dancers further their education after high school. Financial support from North Texas Giving Day will make it possible for us to grow our scholarship fund and therefore, provide more scholarships to our students for intensive attendance as well as college.
Moving Forward Dallas also has a mentor and outreach program. Our mentor program provides one-on-one guidance to dancers from all over the world throughout the year via email and skype calls along with meetings throughout our workshops in Dallas. We have created a group of dance instructors who bring the joy of movement through interactive classes and performances to children who do not get the opportunity to experience dance. Our outreach programs thus far have taken place at facilities like Dallas Children’s Hospital and Embrace Texas Foster center. North Texas Giving Day will help us create the awareness and financial support we need to continue our outreach programs for children who often do not get to experience art and movement in their daily lives. Your support will bring the joy of movement to more young artists in the North Texas area in the year ahead.
* Graphic/photo provided by Moving Forward Dallas ** Photo credit: Sharen Bradford *** Photo credit: Mae Haines
In ten years, Communities Foundation of Texas’ North Texas Giving Day has pumped more than $240 million into the North Texas community. In 2018, more than $48 million was raised through more than 157,000 gifts benefiting over 2,700 area nonprofits.