Washington, D.C.- Over 130 students from CityDance’s after-school DREAM program will perform during halftime when the Washington Wizards take on the Charlotte Bobcats on Saturday, March 9 at 8:00pm at Verizon Center.
“Not only is the CityDance DREAM Wizards Half-Time performance the highlight of our year, it encapsulates the essence of who we are and what we hope our program can provide for our youth…the realization that with hard work, commitment, energy, and fun, we can accomplish great things together,” said Kelli Quinn, CityDance Community Programs Director.
This is CityDance’s seventh time performing at a Washington Wizards halftime show. This year will mark the first year that alumni from CityDance’s DREAM program will return to take center court. In total, 19 alumni will perform. The returning participants are part of CityDance’s new middle school initiative, which aims to retain alumni as mentors, student leaders and guest dancers.
“Performing at the Wizards game is awesome! You feel like a superstar dancing with all the other DREAM kids and hearing your dance teachers and families cheering for you. You come off the court feeling like you can do anything. It’s definitely the coolest thing I’ve ever done and I’m thrilled to be back, experiencing this moment again, while mentoring the younger students,” said Chyna McCleary, CityDance DREAM Alumni.
The performance is a pivotal element of the year-round DREAM program, which uses dance as a vehicle to teach self-empowerment and civic engagement to local students. Focusing on children in underserved communities in Wards 1, 2, 4, 6, 7 and 8, the DREAM program spends months preparing its students for the incredible opportunity of performing on the Verizon Center’s court.