Step Up is a summer dance program designed to give kids from qualifying families the opportunity to participate in a popular local activity. The purpose of the program is to give lower income kids pride in their achievements, knowledge of a sport, and a recreation that helps occupy their free time over the summer break. This program will also help students who already know how to dance learn how to teach and plan a dance recital. Through partnership with United Way of Eastern Utah (UWEU) and the United Community Housing Alliance of Carbon County, youth from different backgrounds will have the chance to teach and learn from each other, encouraging one another to learn and succeed through dance.
Students will be informed of the program through the UCHACC. UWEU will assist with deciding who is qualified for the Step Up program. The program will be for kids in Kindergarten through 6th grade, and will be broken up into classes by age range. Classes offered will be Beginning Tap, Beginning Ballet, and Beginning Hip-Hop. The class is available for boys and girls.
Student teachers will be recruited from the local dance companies and the Carbon High Drill Team. They will be supervised by an adult, and assisted with planning and expectations through UWEU.
CDance gear and costumes for the recital will be donated from parents of dancers in the community. Local businesses can also sponsor the program so that snacks and supplies can be purchased if necessary. A $10 fee for dance gear will be required to help students commit to the program, and all proceeds will go towards funding the program in the following years.