From Detroit/Lansing to NJ! Help us get to the WORLD FINALS!

For: S.T.A.R.S. Dance Co. of D.A.N.C.E., Inc.
Organizer: Roslyn English, Lauren Law, ChaDorea Robinson, Dennis Talbert
of $25,000 goal
17% Complete
Raised by 43 donors
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The Story

The S.T.A.R.S. Dance Co. (The competitive team of D.A.N.C.E., Inc.) which is comprised of 25 dancers ages 4-18 have done a PHENOMENAL job this year. Although this was many of our team members FIRST YEAR of dance training, they excelled at each competition they attended this year! Because of their hard work, our AMAZING dancers have been given a GREAT opportunity this year! 

Although many of our dancers come from at risk neighborhoods and from homes where they would not be able to afford competitive dance training (almost 75% of our students receive financial assistance to participate),here at D.A.N.C.E. we try to give out students all the opportunities they would have at any other dance studio.  We created our S.T.A.R.S. Dance Company (SDC) to allow our students the chance to compete, travel, take master classes and become accustomed to the professional dance world.This year SDC traveled to three different competitions, including one in Frankenmuth, MI, a dance convention and a variety of master classes.  At each of the competitions every routine we entered placed in the TOP TEN of their categories and age divisions with many 1ST PLACE OVERALL HIGH SCORE awards.

At our final competition of the season, out of several hundred entries from other studios, we received one of only six “GOLDEN TICKETS” given out.As this occasion is such an honor we would love to be able to take our team this August.  But in order to be able to do this we are going to need help! The trip (August 3rd-9th) will cost approximately $1,000/dancer. This will cover food, lodging, transportation, competition fees, and the opportunity to experience dance in New York, where they will be able to attend a Broadway Show, visit Juilliard, and take classes at some of the most prestigious dance schools in America, including: The Broadway Dance Center & Alvin Ailey School of Dance. We TRULY APPRECIATE any support that you are able to provide...NO DONATION IS TOO SMALL! Even if you are unable to donate, we would appreciate you just spreading the word to help us in our efforts! THANKS IN ADVANCE FOR YOUR SUPPORT! Be sure to follow our page to stay up-to-date with our trip!



D.A.N.C.E. (Developing And Nurturing Community Empowerment – est. 2007) is a non-profit, 501(c)3 organization dedicated to impacting the lives of youth, their families, and their communities through the performing arts. Our goal is to provide affordable high quality arts training to youth ages 3-18 without financial  barriers. Since being founded in 2007 we have grown to reach hundreds of youth in the Detroit and Lansing areas each year!At D.A.N.C.E., we believe in training the whole individual; all of our participants, who are referred to as S.T.A.R.S. (Students Taking Active Roles in Society) are held to a high standard in a fun, family like environment. Our Dance Training Programs provide our S.T.A.R.S. with rigorous, quality training in multiple styles of dance, including: ballet, jazz, acrobatics, tap, hip hop, modern, and more. In 2009, after recognizing the need to provide pre-professional performance opportunities and training to our advanced participants, we started S.T.A.R.S. Dance Company (SDC), a national award winning dance team comprised of dancers ages 4-18. Members of the SDC have been able to travel across the country to train and compete without financial barriers. Besides just training in dance, our S.T.A.R.S. are provided with free academic coaching to help them maximize their academic potential and are encouraged to become active within their community through community service opportunities. Since being founded in 2007, we have never turned a child down due to the financial status of the family.We need your help to ensure that we are able to provide this ONCE-IN-A-LIFETIME opportunity to our dancers! NO AMOUNT IS TOO SMALL! Please share!


"I LOVE DANCE" Competition (Novi, MI) - ALL of our routines placed in the TOP 3 at this competition!

  • “Best of Show” Award
  • 1st place OVERALL HIGH SCORE – Beg. Group (all ages)
  • 1st place OVERALL HIGH SCORE – Elem. Group (all ages)
  • 2nd place OVERALL HIGH SCORE (ages 6-8; all levels/styles)
  • 1st place OVERALL HIGH – Elem. Group (ages 18+)

Kids Artistic Revue (Farmington Hills, MI) - All of our routines placed in the TOP 10 at this competition!

  • 1st place OVERALL HIGH SCORE - Rec. Small Group (ages 9-11)
  • 2nd Place OVERALL HIGH SCORE - Sec. Small Group (ages 12-14)
  • 1st place OVERALL HIGH SCORE - Sec. Small Group (ages 15-17)
  • Two JUDGES CHOICE awards

Nexstar Regional Dance Competition (Frankenmuth, MI) – CLEAN SWEEP (Out of hundreds of entries, we had the HIGHEST OVERALL SCORES in EVERY division!)

  • Choreography award
  • Performance award
  • Judges choice award
  • 1st overall high score ages 4 & under
  • 1st & 2nd place overall high score ages 8 & under
  • 1st, 2nd, & 3rd place overall high score ages 12-14
  • Wild Dance intensive $300 dollar scholarship
  • Regional champion - "GOLDEN TICKET" winner
Dupree Dance Convention
  • Scholarship Winner (ages 4-7): Miraya Reeves
  • Scholarship Winner (ages 8-11): Amaya Fuller

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on July 23, 2014

Posted on July 23, 2014

We would like to thank everyone who has helped by donating, spreading the word, and just showing your support. We are just 10 days away from making this dream a reality. Please continue to spread the word, let's get these girls to NY!

We will be holding an event this SATURDAY, JULY 26TH (National Dance Day) to raise money for our girls. We will also be offering free classes and will kick off our registration for our 2014-2015 season! Please see even info below:

Who's invited: ALL of our D.A.N.C.E. friends and family, plus their friends and family! Spread the word! :-)
What: Free Dance Classes, Performances by SDC, Face Painting, Kuddles The Clown, Food, and more!
When: Saturday, July 26th 12:00PM-4:00PM
Where: 19010 Schoolcraft Road, Detroit, MI 48223

Don't forget to check out our Facebook Page:

Posted on July 16, 2014

Posted on July 16, 2014

We are so thankful to everyone that has donated so far!We truly appreciate your kindness and support! We are at a little over 10% of our goal. We have a long way to go but are confident that we will get there! Lots of fundraisers being hosted by our wonderful D.A.N.C.E. moms and dads over the next 10 days! 

The SDC Parents Group will be presenting at the Lansing SOUP on Thursday, July 17th at 6:30PM. Location: Grace Lutheran Church (528 N. MLK Jr. Blvd., Lansing, MI 48915) Cost = $5 for soup, salad, and a vote! Bring your own bowl & spoon! We need as many votes as possible to make win the micro grant tomorrow...please spread the word!

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