Youth Dance Program

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About the Youth Dance Program


The DEA Youth Dance Program was established to empower kids by providing a free and positive afterschool alternative to drugs through the fun, healthy, and expressive art form of dance.

The DEA Youth Dance Program begins at a participating school with an assembly led by a professional dance company. The professional company demonstrates different styles of dance to appropriate musical choices, speaks to the students as role-models, and asks student volunteers to try out movement during the performance hour. Students then may elect to register for a free 20-week dance class series led by a professional dance instructor. At the end of the series, students perform in a community or school performance setting, bringing family and other students together. Finally, students are encouraged to apply for scholarships at a local studio for long-term study in dance. Students targeted to participate in the program are primarily in upper elementary and middle school years. The program curriculum incorporates the DEA Educational Foundation’s anti-drug messages and themes such as: participating in positive alternatives to drugs and gang violence, the building of self-esteem, teamwork, resisting negative peer pressure, and focusing on positive health and attitude.


Watch a few short videos of the program.  

DEA Youth Dance Program

Donors List  2014-2018

Ahmanson Foundation

Anchor Free

Arts Council of Monterey


Breaking Ground Studio Students

China Trust Bank


DEA 360

Desert Schools/County Attorney Maricopa

Dizzy Feet Foundation

Eastern Bank

Free Space

GE Foundation

General Mills Foundation

Global Giving Program

The Gregory and EJ Milken Foundation


Mason Hirst Foundation

Mike & Lori Milken Foundation

Numerous Private Donors

Our Gift of Light

Raven’s Foundation

Schneebeck Foundation

Siouxland Community Foundation

Target Foundation


Tulalip Cares

Wells Fargo Bank