31 Oct 2014
Hello! I’m thrilled to invite you to our next DANCE FOR A CAUSE benefitting DMF YOUTH, our newly established not-for-profit! Please join us on Thursday, November 13th at 6pm for a super-sweaty DMF party in which 100% of your donations goes towards expanding our program to under-served NYC schools. Minimum donation is $25 (price of a single DMF class) but feel free to give more if you feel inclined! All donations are tax deductible as we are now an official 501c3 organization! We have awesome raffles including Sparkly Soul headbands, Colorscience Luxury Mineral Makeup giveaways, and DMF class packs! Can’t come, but still want to donate?? We would LOVE that! Every little bit counts!
Here’s how it works: If you just want to donate, click the button below. If you would like to attend DANCE FOR A CAUSE, please donate through the button below and then email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your spot! Your generosity fuels the success of DMF YOUTH and impacts the lives many children who would not otherwise have access to this type of program and we are so grateful for your support!
When: Thursday, November 13th at 6pm
Where: DANY Studios—305 West 38th St
Price: Minimum $25
Why: Because you want to make a difference in the lives of underserved NYC youth!
ABOUT DMF YOUTH
DMF YOUTH is a dance-fitness in-school and after-school educational program that blends a positive, 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–physical, mental, emotional.
DMF YOUTH is not a traditional “dance-class.” We are based in fitness and create a positive environment for youth to get fit in a non-competitive, fun way without the pressure of having to be a perfect dancer or athlete. Our motivational, cardio-dance and strength training workout feels more like a dance-party than a class. We incorporate life-skills and character development into the curriculum, making this program truly unique. We use dance and fitness as the platform for helping youth realize their ultimate potential and gain the necessary tools needed to live healthy, happy and productive lives.
Each week, we discuss and use dance and exercises to delve into topics like cooperation, attitude, team work, leadership, positive self-talk, self-control, body-image, nutrition, and standing up to peer pressure. 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.
Despite the rising childhood obesity epidemic and the strong correlation between higher academic achievement in healthy children, many children receive little or no time in the gym and do not meet both national and state standards for physical education. In its biennial survey of high school students across the nation, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported in June 2012 that nearly half said they had no physical education classes in an average week. In New York City, that number was 20.5 percent, compared with 14.4 percent a decade earlier, according to the C.D.C.
DMF YOUTH provides a solution to lack of physical activity in NYC schools. Requiring no equipment, DMF YOUTH classes can be held either in a gym or open space where participants can freely move. Limited gym space is often cited as a reason for the lack of PE classes, but DMF Youth can be performed in the classroom with a quick move of desks. DMF Youth provides a safe, non-completive environment for children to meet and exceed daily recommendations for cardio-vascular exercise, while simultaneously teaching the value of healthy living and providing life-skill tools that transcend the classroom.