The Dance Project, Inc. is a joint effort between students and parents to promote fun dancing, self-respect, and leadership -
for purity, freedom and glory.
The Dance Project is a group of students who get together to dance and have fun. Members are interested in new types of dancing, and that is what sets us apart. The Dance Project students are willing and able to learn and grow through dancing in our community.
Dance Project dances are hosted in different schools and community facilities and provide a safe environment for teens to dance and have fun. However, most of the students don't realize the real work that's going on inside The Dance Project. While the Dance Project is a student run dance group, it is also a project. In providing a safe environment for students to dance, we also provide a contact for parents and administrators who believe that student dancing at school dances or elsewhere is out of control.
The Dance Project members reach out to schools teaching students basic swing dance steps to music they already enjoy. The style is easy to learn, energetic, and utterly enjoyable which makes it contagious! Students enthusiastically teach one another and can't wait to invite others. We are ready to provide ideas and alternatives to any parent, any administrator, and anyone who is concerned.
The Dance Project. Changing the world.
Dance Project Formula for Fun Community Dances :
Student & Parent Planning, Dance Instruction, Great Variety of Clean Music, $5 Admission, Chaperones, Snacks & Beverages, Safety, Prayer, Community Donations
Changes in the culture around the Livingston County area:
We are supported by over 800 individuals and families participating in our email distribution list (see link at the bottom of the page for more information). After more than 25 community dances, and numerous community outreach programs we have now served close to 4000 students in more than 75 schools.
Because of the prayers and support of many area individuals and families, and the hard work of many dedicated volunteers in The Dance Project, Inc., positive changes are taking place in our community and at our some of our school dances.
1. Swinginfusion continues to start up new swing dancing clubs for students. Current clubs have been growing, as well. The Dance Project is happy to direct students from our dances to Swinginfusion clubs for continued, high-energy activities, with students who love to teach and demonstrate responsible leadership.
2. Teen Swing Dancing takes place on the first Friday of every month in Grand Blanc, at the Holy Spirit Lutheran Church. After lessons at Davison HS in the spring of 2012, parent Michelle Traynor and her son, Sean, have been helping to organize regular swing dance events at their church for area students.
At the College level:
Students have taken their enjoyment of swing dancing from Dance Project supported clubs & dances to colleges throughout the tri-state area. Hope College, Michigan Technological University, Spring Arbor University, Saginaw Valley University, and Cedarville University are just some of the places where our students have carried on the mission of changing the culture by promoting positive dancing. From swing club leadership to administrative counsel, and changes in university policy, students are influencing the groups around them in powerful ways.
At the High School level:
1. Howell High School - October, 2013 - Principal Jason Schrock recently invited The Dance Project, Inc. to teach Howell HS students swing dancing to popular music with three lessons during the week before this year's Homecoming Dance. More than ever before, HHS students requested help during the dance.
2. Davison High School - September/October 2013 - The Dance Project, Inc. was invited for the third year in a row, to teach swing dancing to students after school for 2 weeks prior to their annual Homecoming Dance. In addition, Principal Matt Shanafelt scheduled a lesson before the dance for early arrivals. More than 50 students from Davison HS learned to swing dance at the lessons and continued to swing dance at the school dance.
3. West Highland Christian Academy - Students who attend WHCA received a swing dancing lesson after participating in a community service project with The Dance Project.
4. Hartland High School - Principal Ben Mainka helped put together a fundraiser dance for the school's Parent Advisory Committee. In January, 2013, The Dance Project hosted almost 200 students at the school for a Blacklight Dance and raised nearly $500 for the organization. Even more Hartland HS students learned how to swing dance to popular music.
4. Milford High School - Huron Valley Community Education coordinator, Christy Gow, provided tremendous support in securing this great location for our 2012 Masquerade Dance. Over 300 students attended, with approximately 40% of our guests joining The Dance Project for the first time.
At the Middle School level:
♦ Oak Valley Middle School - The Dance Project has been invited to the St. Patrick's Day Dance (March 14th) for instruction and to invite students to participate in the fun of swing dancing to positive music.
♦ Davison Middle School - Plans are in the works for a possible lesson to students before the 8th grade Farewell Event, and continued demonstrations and dancing during this annual party for outgoing 8th graders.
♦ Hartland Middle School at Ore Creek - A swing dance club started in 2011 will continue on Fridays after school from 2:30 - 4 p.m. under the direction of Laurie & Mason Cothran, starting April 26th, 2013.
♦ Brighton Scranton Middle School - The Dance Project's 2013 BlackLight Dance was held at the school - serving more than 300 students from 4 different countines and more than 15 different schools - public, private & home.
*Additional specification is required in that "coupling up" is not encouraged at either the intermediate or middle school levels. Swing dancing promotes exercise, and engages students in activity that interests them musically.
Thank you for your interest in what The Dance Project, Inc. is doing in Michigan. If you are interested in getting more details on how to bring positive dancing choices to your area, please email the Dance Project, Inc. at