Livermore, California (EastBayDaily) — Tiffany’s Dance Academy is proud to announce it’s newest endeavor: a non-profit organization aimed towards bettering its community through dance, called Raising the Barre. This new organization is geared towards dancers ages 11-18 (5th grade and up) to provide candidates with the skills and opportunities they need to makes them compassionate, responsible, confident and strong leaders.
Raising the Barre students shall complete service and session hours as assigned by a faculty member who will help them schedule their commitments and mentor them through their projects. Candidates will be expected to uphold four Pillars of Character and Service: Leadership, Responsibility, Compassion and Confidence.
Tiffany Henderson, Owner of Tiffany’s Dance Academy, said “Founding and teaching at TDA has been my absolute privilege for nearly the past 13 years and I’m truly excited about the prospect of giving back to the community by providing our best and brightest dancers the skills they need to be true, well-rounded leaders.”
Leadership requires candidates to demonstrate their skills by serving as dance class teaching assistants for one class per week from September through May, totaling approximately 40 hours per year at any TDA location
Responsibility requires that candidates volunteer, both in studio and during performance shows, including backstage responsibilities and ushering at two performances or events per year. Such performances include: Twinkle Star “SHINE” Showcases, June Recitals, Dancin’ Holiday Magic, Nutcracker, June Show Stars, and Holiday Parties.
Compassion requires candidates to give back by committing at least 16 hours per year towards community service, such as retirement home visits, offering free dance workshops to underprivileged youth and children with special needs, costume and dance wear drives, flash dance mobs coupled with goods drive, military group performances, and more.
Confidence will require candidates to take both etiquette classes, as well as training in public speaking. These will be fee-based courses presented by industry professionals.
To Sign up as a Raising the Barre Candidate, please click here. To sign up as a Parent Volunteer, please click here. All applications should be turned in to the appropriate Studio Manager by December 21, 2013.
Background: Tiffany’s Dance Academy is a dance studio founded in 2001. TDA emphasizes professional level training in Classical Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Lyrical and Hip-Hop. Tiffany Henderson, owner/director graduated from the University of Arizona, Magna cum Laude, with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance in 1998. She has performed professionally with the Arizona Jazz Dance Ensemble at the Kennedy Center, in Washington D.C. She has also performed as far away as Amsterdam, and Japan. She currently performs bi-annually with Bay Area Dance Company. Her academies have been featured in Dance Informa, Dance Studio Life Magazine, Dance Teacher Magazine, The Contra Costa Times, The San Francisco Chronicle and have participated in the 2006 Disney’s ABC TV Christmas Special with Ryan Seacrest. They have also been awarded the Bay Area Parent Magazine “Family Favorite” award for the last four consecutive years.