Anika Larsen, Courtney Reed, Jon Rua & More to Teach at D2GB Children's Summer Camp
Over a dozen noted Broadway performers including Tony Award-nominee Anika Larsen (Beautiful: The Carole King Musical), Michael Mindlin (Aladdin), Courtney Reed (Aladdin), Jon Rua (In The Heights, Hands on a Hard Body), Rickey Tripp (Motown), Vince Oddo (Rocky), Luis Salgado (Rocky) and Gabriela Garcia (Chicago), among others, will donate their time and knowledge as teaching artists at the 7th Annual Dare to Go Beyond (D2GB) Children's Performing Arts Camp, hosted by R.Evolución Latina (RL).
Tony Award-nominee Anika Larsen, will volunteer her time and knowledge as a Teaching Artist at the 2014 D2GB Children's Performing Arts Camp.
Over 250 children of all cultural backgrounds will take part in the week-long educational program that will run from July 28th through August 1st, at Pearl Studios in Manhattan. It is the only free and bilingual Broadway summer camp in New York.
"This year, the curriculum celebrates Broadway", said Actor/Director/Choreographer Luis Salgado, Founder and Artistic Director of RL, a not-for-profit group affiliated with Broadway Cares, that runs six successful arts-in-education community programs. "It is our way of saying 'thank you' to the teaching artists who have volunteered their time to transform children's lives through our Camp, while performing on Broadway each night".
The 2014 Camp will also highlight Broadway's legacy in inspiring people across the world through music and themes that foster empowerment, community and positive change.
Founded in 2008, the D2GB Children's Performing Arts Camp provides free-of-charge training in dance, voice, acting and other performance disciplines to children ages 7 to 17 from multiple schools and community organizations. This program is possible through the generosity of the Herman Goldman Foundation, with additional support by Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, Harper Collins, Trader Joe's, NYC Grow and Starlight Deli.
Teaching artists in 2014 include Anika Larsen (Beautiful: The Carole King Musical), Rosie Fiedelman (In The Heights, Lion King), Dionne Figgins (Motown, Memphis), Charles Harkness (Beautiful), Stephanie Klemons (If/Then), Michael Mindlin (Aladdin), Courtney Reed (Aladdin), Jon Rua (In The Heights, Hands on a Hard Body), Salgado (Rocky, In The Heights, Women on the Verge) and Garcia (Chicago), among others.
Jon Rua said: "The camp is a beautiful opportunity not only to inspire, but to be inspired, seeing such a vibrant group of children, so eager to 'play' and learn, with no judgment. The camp is a great space to grow as a human being and exercise a young mind's artistic interest and passion".