We accept 25 teen girls (13-18 yrs old) in the Anchorage community for one academic year of after-school classes, 1 1/2 hours each, three times per week. They are taught the elements of American Tribal Style® dance, a rich, diverse, artistic, cultural dance form that spans the regions of India, the Middle East, North Africa and Spain and its expression through the varied and complex music of these same cultures. The girls also participate in talking circles and journal writing during which they discuss issues affecting them. Each girl identifies a personal goal that she would like to achieve during the course of the program. Guest speakers cover a wide range of topics from nutrition and body awareness to financial education, etc. Many successful women of various fields that are of particular interest to the girls, address the girls each week. There are two Student Salons (student performances) each session. Entrance into the program does not depend on demonstrated talent, standard beauty, or ability to pay the fees the program would require.
For each girl -
To find her own voice and be able to listen to it.
To have better self-esteem and confidence.
To be able to plan and achieve goals, generate choices, create options,
resources and support.
To be ready to face financial independence.
To have respect, appreciation and be able to care for her own body.
To respect, appreciate and be able to care for others in community.
To respect and appreciate diversity and culture.
Instructor Carrie Jenkins has been teaching belly dance in the Anchorage community since 2007. She is a certified American Tribal Style® Instructor and Director of Gypsy Horizon Belly Dance. She has been certified to teach SEEDs in Anchorage by Pomegranate SEEDs founder Myra Krien, who started
SEEDs in Santa Fe, NM in 2001.