Confronting self-esteem issues can be a hindrance to a young girl or woman attempting to reach her full potential. Finding a healthy outlet is always a great tool to overcome body image and self-esteem issues. Founders of the Maryland Dance Institute (MID), Essence Moore and Donita Adams both have used dance as a way to build their confidence and deal with their own personal struggles with self-esteem. Their experience with dance and the arts has led them to open the MID, non-profit that provides quality, affordable dance education to develop purpose-driven performers in the DC area.
“Dance has played a major role in my life, allowing me to build self-confidence that is healthy and positive. It has also taught me to be disciplined and artistic,” said Moore.
Moore and Adams believe that dance allows young girls and women to be themselves without barriers and fear of being ridiculed. The art dance can foster an atmosphere where young girls and women feel free to express themselves and are comfortable with their bodies. It is also a way for them to become more physically active.
This summer, MID kicked off their summer session with “Dance Chronicles”, a dance showcase and silent auction to raise funds for their scholarship program. Dance Chronicles was established to educate MID students and members of the community about the importance of dance. “There are so many great dancers who have led us in this discipline, creating many pathways for today’s dance students,” said Adams. Dance Chronicles will highlight influential dancers who have greatly contributed to performing arts. The session will be used to raise money for the school’s scholarship program.
MID also provides community support by empowering students to also focus on their academics and civic responsibilities. Moore and Adams are planning to develop community clean-up days as well as community projects that will support the homeless.
As the organization continues to grow, Moore and Adams hope to engage more communities through the arts. MID has shown that dance and performing arts can empower young girls and women not just to appreciate their self-image but also to appreciate what their talents can contribute to the community as a whole.
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