To provide a dynamic partner-dance program that promotes creativity, teaches critical inter-personal communication skills, and sets a foundation of respect, teamwork, confidence, and leadership.
Conga Kids is committed to expanding a culture of music, dance, and partnership in Los Angeles County.
"The Conga Kids program has exceeded all my expectations. This is the first year we have had this program come to our school. All the other grade levels are on fire and are looking forward to it as well. It has been a tremendous success!"
— Raymond Schmidt, Principal, Wilson Elementary - Lynwood
Co-founded in 2016 by Brad Gluckstein (Apex Realty CEO & Conga Room Founder) and Daniel Ponickly (the former Artistic Director and Creator of Ballroom Madness), Conga Kids is a 501(c)(3) arts education nonprofit organization. Together, Mr. Gluckstein and Mr. Ponickly have established Conga Kids as Los Angeles’ premiere classroom-based dance program, reimagining the curriculum to speak more to the demographic of our local population, focusing on social dances like Salsa, Merengue, and Swing, along with more traditional ballroom dances like Foxtrot and Tango.
In our first programmatic year, 2016/17, Conga Kids provided programming in three school districts, encompassing 30 schools and reaching 3,100 students. This number nearly doubled in the 2017/18 scholastic year, as Conga Kids partnered with over 52 schools in 7 school districts throughout Los Angeles County, reaching over 6,000 students in underserved populations including Lynwood, Boyle Heights, Central Los Angeles, Compton, Mar Vista, El Monte, Pomona, and Hollywood. We are proud to increase our district and school partnerships year-over-year - our impact for 2018/19 included 95+ schools and 10,000 students, adding partnerships in the communities of Pico Rivera, Glendale, and the Pico-Union area of Los Angeles.