Dancing on the Boulevard: A Fundraiser to Benefit JUMP! Dance Company
About JUMP! Dance Company: All JUMP! members are ages 8-18 and receive intensive training in ballet as well as other dance forms including modern dance and tap. JUMP! dancers are encouraged to choreograph from a young age, learning how to work with music, group forms, and improvisation to compose sophisticated and truly creative choreography. JUMP! believes in the talent of its dancers both as choreographers and performers, and our performances showcase professional dance of the highest standards.
As Rhode Island’s only youth dance company, JUMP! Dance Company serves as one of the region’s most committed advocates for youth arts education. The company aims to empower and engage young people through exposure to dance performances and dance instruction.
JUMP! operates outreach dance classes and performances throughout the Rhode Island community at schools, libraries and community centers. Taught by JUMP! senior dancers, alumnae and Artistic Director Mary Paula Hunter, our programs include:
– Free/affordable weekly dance training for public school children
– Leadership opportunities for JUMP! dancers within the community
– Performances at school assemblies, and therefore the opportunity for youth to see professional dance by their peers for free on their own doorstep
– An annual scholarship for a talented student to receive full-time dance training and company membership
About the Artistic Director: Mary Paula Hunter is a nationally known dance educator and choreographer. JUMP! Dance Company is the result of her many years teaching dance to children, realizing in the process that young people are very able choreographers when given the opportunity to learn the craft of dance making. Hunter, a long-time choreographer and performer with a M.F.A in Dance from the University of Michigan, teaches dance in her studio, The East Side Ballet Studio, is an occasional guest instructor at RISD and Brown University, curated the New York summer Dance Festival, Summer in the Square, and continues to perform as a solo artist.
If you can’t make it to the performance, you can always donate on JUMP!’s website HERE.