Dancing After School (DAS) provides the Arts and dance programs to local elementary and middle schools for free in an after school setting. DAS has provided dance classes to 28 schools in San Diego County, reaching over 3,000 children.
The DAS Program seek to build student confidence, self-esteem, and respect for themselves and others, by keeping students busy with positive activities in a safe environment during the statistically high-crime hours of 1 to 6 pm, when adult supervision is less available.
The DAS Program is held on school grounds, conducted by professional dance instructors, and supervised by staff, volunteers, parents and faculty. Students learn self-discipline and socialization skills, build character and strengthen respect and healthy relationships with peers and adults. They gain a sense of responsibility and teamwork to achieve goals and plan for their final event held at the end of the term, in a Student Showcase Performance. These performances are fun, energetic and non-competitive and are often the only opportunity some students have to perform. These events are supported and attended by 200 - 400 family and community members.