Groove With Me, Inc. is a youth development organization using free dance classes and performance opportunities as a tool to instill in young women the leadership, pride, spirit of cooperation, creativity, joy and discipline needed to confront the adversity in their daily lives and throughout their future development.
In spring 2016, Pentacle teamed up with Groove With Me to launch a pilot program, stemming from our educational program Behind the Scenes. This three-month program impacted 44 girls ages 13–18 years old, all of whom identified as either African American or Hispanic. Pentacle provided the girls six educational sessions, where they had the opportunity to learn new skills and gain perspective from twelve professionals in the arts.
• 100% of the girls who participated in the program stated that they learned about a new career opportunity in the arts
• 90% were inspired to explore new career options
• Over 50% are now considering a career in the arts because of their experience in the program
Career Development & Exploration Sessions
In these sessions, students will be introduced to learning opportunities and career paths in the arts via the experiences of leaders in the field. Each session will invite two to three speakers, who will share their first-hand experiences on how they achieved their current position within the arts. Topics will explore personal successes and failures, learning curves, and problem solving inherent to creating your own path. Speakers will range from artists to administrators to educators to recently graduated interns. The diverse backgrounds of the speakers will give the students a variety of career options to pursue and will guide them as to what steps should be taken for a life in the arts at the professional level.
TLC Focus Sessions
Through our collaboration with Groove With Me’s Teen Leadership Committee (TLC), Pentacle moderates three focus sessions. Each session focuses on a specific topic related to developing and maintaining a career in the arts. Focus topics include making and presenting performance, advocacy, administration, media and technologies, and building inter-personal relationships. Each topic will be presented by an expert in the field and/or affiliate of higher education learning. Speakers will introduce tools and strategies integral to their own growth as creatives. All three focus sessions encourage socially-responsible thinking geared towards creating inclusivity and equality in the arts. The members of TLC will gain a hands-on experience of how these resources and concepts relate to a larger community within the creative fields.
This program is supported in part by funding from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.