Wednesday, April 7, 2010
THE DIZZY FEET FOUNDATION
So You Think You Can....
Yes, So You Think You Can Dance (SYTYCD) has made it to charity change. In the summer of 2009, Nigel Lythgoe, the executive producer of SYTYCD, launched The Dizzy Feet Foundation. Partnering with other star choreographers, including Adam Shankman and Carrie Ann Inaba; and star performer, Katie Holmes, Lythgoe has formed a new creative dance venture.
The Dizzy Feet Foundation hopes to impact the dance world in three major ways:
1. Supply scholarships to students studying dance
2. Institute standards for dance education “and an accreditation program for dance schools in all of the major styles of dance”
3. Expand and create dance education programs for disadvantaged children
Fame in the dance-world usually remains as fame in the dance-world. Pop culture does not often tap into the talent among those who leap and chasse across the floor. Rather those spotted on red carpet premieres claim the fame of the public’s eye.
With his immense knowledge of who’s who in the dance world, Nigel Lythgoe along with Katie Holmes, a red carpet star, have taken advantage of their popularity. They have used their own fame as well as the hit show SYTYCD as a platform to launch The Dizzy Feet Foundation. The foundation’s success is built in the popularity that accompanies this fame. After all, who doesn’t love to be a part of a popular movement?
The Dizzy Feet Foundation is currently providing scholarships to nine dancers in dance academies across the U.S. It has also partnered with local community organizations, including LA’s Best, an organization dedicated to enriching after school programming for the most vulnerable in Los Angeles, to bring the joy of dance to people of all backgrounds.
Lythgoe and Holmes, along with the support of major choreographers in contemporary dance, are making dance accessible.
Humans have a spirit of freedom—albeit some more talented than others—to move.
It’s simple—just ask kindergartner Julian why he loves to dance: “I like to move it, move it.”
Please visit dizzyfeetfoundation.org to learn more.
(The Dizzy Feet Foundation is dedicated to improving and expanding access to dance education.)