WHAT IS EDN!?
Everybody Dance Now! is a nonprofit organization that provides weekly hip hop and street dance programming to young people throughout the country who would otherwise not have access to such opportunities. We are dedicated not only to inspiring our students through positive outlets that promote healthy and active lives, but also to empowering our young leaders as agents of social change.
EDN! STRIVES TO HELP STUDENTS C.R.E.A.T.E.
Cultivate self-esteem and self-value
Respect their bodies and establish healthy lifestyles
Express themselves and channel energy through creative alternatives
Achieve goals and maintain a positive attitude through challenges
Take part in consistent programming that promotes friendship and a sense of belonging
Expand their perspectives through community service and cultural learning
WHY HIP HOP & STREET DANCE STYLES?
It increases engagement. Our approach starts from where the students are and what they are interested in learning. The curriculum then bridges modern-day vocabulary to the cultural roots of the style. In doing so, students gain an appreciation for history, cultures, and context.
Hip hop goes beyond movement. It is a culture - created and continually innovated by some of the same communities that EDN! primarily serves. As an organization that values cultural competence, EDN! wants to understand and respect the students’ varied backgrounds. Hip hop serves as a common, inclusive language that speaks to many of our students’ interest and sparks a willingness and excitement to learn dance.