Hey, Los Angeles —

Let’s Dance!

Conga Kids is an arts-in-education program that promotes social-emotional wellness through partner-dance. Our principal goal is to shift the way students view themselves, their peers, and their communities.

 
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The Program

Through our highly structured approach to dance instruction, Conga Kids strives to teach critical interpersonal communication skills, build paths to conflict resolution, and establish a foundation of respect, teamwork, confidence, and leadership.

Focusing on five core dances – Merengue, Foxtrot, Salsa, Tango, and Swing – the program is enhanced by an in-depth exploration of rhythms, patterns, and cultural and historical origins. The dance curriculum is carefully crafted to promote physical well-being and coordination, while also aiming to build a community of self-confidence and trust.

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Conga Kids currently offers instruction twice a year, with 10-week programs in both the Fall and Spring semesters. Instruction is led by masterful resident teaching artists, who implement our multi-standards-based dance curriculum.

Participating schools embrace the program enthusiastically, capitalizing on the many opportunities that Conga Kids offers throughout our 20-lesson residencies. Classes include written homework assignments and a professional demonstration by guest artists, and culminate in a grade-level showcase for families, teachers, and younger students. Each school also has the option to enter local and regional competitions against schools from across greater Los Angeles County.

 

Our Impact

In the 2018/19 educational year, Conga Kids expanded its reach to 97 sites in 8 school districts, imparting the benefits of dance and music to more than 10,000 students.

 

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Districts Across Los Angeles

Conga Kids has successfully expanded its reach year after year, up from 3 districts in ‘16-’17, to 5 in ‘17-’18, to 8 schools districts across Los Angeles in the 2018-2019 school year.

 

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school partnerships

Conga Kids continues to focus its efforts in underserved communities throughout Los Angeles County, adding new school partnerships every semester in historically disadvantaged areas.

 
 

10,000

students impacted yearly

From LA LIVE to the Microsoft Theatre, Conga Kids has inspired confidence in the hearts of the students through dance.