BANDALOOP is more than just a vertical dance company. We are educators, creators, storytellers and community builders. We ignite imagination and bend the perspective of what is possible. We bring awe inspiring public art performances to audiences across the globe but always return to our roots in Oakland. We bring that energy home to local arts partnerships, students and programs for young people.
I know about the transformative nature of these programs because not only am I a BANDALOOP dancer and Director of Education…I’m also an alum. My family enrolled me in one of our partnership programs with Destiny Arts Center. I will never forget the first time I saw a group of BANDALOOP performers enter over a roof edge and transform a gray wall in West Oakland into a magnificent dance floor. I was captivated.
I am incredibly grateful to those teachers who helped awaken in me a passion that would build a deep well of joy and strength I could draw from for years to come. My hope is that many more young people can be given an opportunity like I was. BANDALOOP programs can be transformative, confidence building, and inspiring for all types of students, even those who don’t aspire to be dancers. It invites anyone to discover how strong they are in mind, body and spirit while deepening skills in collaboration and communication.
On this Giving Tuesday I hope you will consider making a tax-deductible gift and help BANDALOOP ignite the imagination of the next generation.
-Rose Huey, Dancer & Director of Education, BANDALOOP