Our goal is to empower kids and teens by building self-esteem, confidence, and self-worth and nurture health in all aspects of their lives.

After School

The DMF Youth after-school program blends a motivational dance workout with a life skills development curriculum. Our goal is to empower kids and teens by building self-esteem, confidence, and self-worth and nurture health in all aspects of their lives.

Each week, we discuss and use dance and exercises to delve into topics like cooperation, attitude, teamwork, leadership, positive self-talk, self-control, body image, nutrition, and standing up to peer pressure.

We apply the principles of Social and Emotional Learning (SEL). Social and emotional learning is the process through which children and adults acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions.

Everywhere young kids turn, there is pressure to be cool and fit in. DMF YOUTH helps participants shed insecurities and the need to “be” like everyone else and encourages them to tap into their own unique talents, power, and potential.

The DMF YOUTH after-school program aims at exposing students to a wide array of music and dance genres, including pop, swing, hip-hop, Latin, rock, and Broadway. Through movement exploration, observation, replication, and recall, students develop kinesthetic and self- awareness; understand dance concepts, and build fine and large motor skills.

As we progress through the program, students develop strength, flexibility, and endurance. They layer compositional elements and select themes for group choreography, apply their increasing awareness of dance forms as they learn more complex dances, demonstrate self-initiative, and collaborate actively with others in the class, rehearsal and performance.

What our community say about us

I learned about setting goals. I’ve set a lot of goals since we’ve started talking. Now I want to fly an airplane.

3rd grade student

DMF Youth has helped the kids build their self-esteem, gain self-respect, and develop an appreciation for health through dance.
Mille Rodriguez

Drug and Violence Prevention Counselor, PS 126

What our community say about us

I love how we learn new dances every day. I’ve made new friends. I learned that goals are important because sometimes they tell you what you’re going to be when you grow up.

4th grade student

Since starting DMF, I’ve made new friends and learned about cooperation.

5th grade student

Bring DMF Youth to your organization

We develop programming for schools, community centers, and homeless shelters. We customize programs based on grade level, PE requirements, and in-school needs.

Here’s How

  • Provide us names and contact info for principal or person responsible for outsourcing. Kids: Reach out to a parent, counselor, teacher, or principal and have them fill out this form.
  • Provide us with the name and location of your school or organization and the type of program you are looking for: in-school or after-school.
  • Let us know why you believe DMF Youth to be a good fit for your school.

Request a Program

14 + 7 =

Pin It on Pinterest