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 & STREETDANCE?
Our approach starts from where the students are and bridges them to the cultural roots of their local communities. In doing so, students gain an appreciation for their neighborhoods and begin to see their distinct values and contributions.
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.