danceLogic

WHEN

In-person Classes
Saturdays 12:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Dance/12:00 pm – 1:20 pm
Basic Coding/1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
(Advanced Coding/10:30am-11:30am)

Schedule:
(New registrations accepted starting December)
The program continues for returning and new girls:
January 14 – June 3, 2023
(no class on April 8th and May 27th)
June 10, 2023 / danceLogic performance at the West Park Arts Fest

 

 

WHERE

In Person Classes
Community Education Center (CEC)
3500 Lancaster Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19104

Details

Registration is open!

Dance and Computer Coding for young ladies aged 10 and up
The program combines the art of dance and computer coding leading to the development of original choreography and performance. Girls learn the value of focus, dedication, and teamwork, as well as career-building industry-standard computer programming skills. danceLogic runs from October thru the second Saturday in June when they perform at the annual West Park Arts Fest.

This unique program motivates girls, young women, and especially women of color to explore the world of STEAM. Students understand the mechanics of choreography and coding, leading to their development of original dance performance, demonstrating coding skills moving toward more advanced levels and programming projects, including advanced coding languages like Python, C++, Java, and HTML to create websites when they move up to advanced coding. 

Both coding and dance function as forms of creation that utilize repetition and collaboration to produce work. With various incentives throughout the year, such as field trips and the opportunity to receive a free iPad, students must be engaged and willing to work hard. Our goal is to give girls a sense of agency and autonomy in STEAM, to combine the necessity of the arts and sciences.

Requirements:

  • NO prior dance or coding experience required!
  • Regular attendance

Click REGISTER NOW to sign up! If you have questions, please reach out to us at info@westparkculturalcenter.org.

Fee: $75 (January – June)

SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE
Select “Request Scholarship” when you register

Why

  • Learn dance skills and movement techniques
  • Create your own choreography using coding as a reference
  • Build leadership roles
  • Learn valuable computer programming skills

Instructors

Cameron Bridgers, Dance Instructor

Cameron Bridgers is a dance artist based in Philadelphia PA, by way of West Orange, NJ. She began her dance journey at Sharron Miller’s Performing Arts Academy in Montclair, NJ and is trained in Ballet, Modern, styles of the African Diaspora, Hip Hop, and improvisation. Cameron is a graduate of Temple University, Boyer College of Music and Dance, holding a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance. While at Temple, Cameron performed in numerous student-based concerts and has trained and worked with artists such as Kyle “Just Sole” Clarke, Esther Baker Tarpaga, Megan Bridge (Fidget), Jillian Harris, Kun Yang Lin, and more. Cameron is a dedicated advocate for dance Education in the K-12 setting and enjoys teaching students of all ages. She believes every person can benefit from and has the ability, to find expression in movement. Cameron will be apprenticing with the Koresh Kids Dance outreach program this fall, assisting in the integration of dance in elementary schools in the Philadelphia district.

Natasha S. Truitt, Dance Instructor

Natasha S. Truitt is from the Mt. Airy section of Philadelphia, PA. As a Philadelphia native, Natasha began her artistic journey performing on stage at age five. The performing arts have always been her passion! Natasha attended CAPA, the Philadelphia High School for the Creative and Performing Arts and graduated as a Dance Major & Vocal Minor. In furthering her education, she attended Temple University, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts from the School of Communications & Media Studies. On her artistic journey, Natasha takes gratitude in embarking on exciting opportunities. Natasha is proud of her accomplishments, to name a few: Miss Pennsylvania USA Pageant 2014 (Contestant), Philadelphia Soul (AFL) Dance Team (Dancer), and the Rockettes Master Series Experience Workshop, with the famous Radio City Rockettes! Natasha has performed numerous musical theater productions at the Ritz Theatre, Candlelight Theatre, and local theatres within the City of Philadelphia. She is also the Performing Arts leader/instructor for the community organization, Wake Up Your Mind’s Art in Action program. Natasha is active at her church, attending the Tenth Memorial Baptist Church, serving as the Young Adult Ministry leader, and as a member of the Praise & Worship Vocal Ensemble. Natasha desires to further her artistic career, continuing to perform, learn and teach what she is blessed to do – the performing arts! She hopes to inspire, bless others, and impact the World and community of Philadelphia. To Create is to Come ALIVE.

Franklyn Athias, Coding Instructor

Franklyn is Senior Vice President Network and Communications Engineering at Comcast Cable where he has worked for the last 23 years. He has a BS degree from the Rochester Institute of Technology in Computer Science and has previously worked for the Franklin Mint, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and J.P. Morgan.

Devon Gooden, Coding Instructor

Devon Gooden (Coding Instructor) is a computer programmer based in Philadelphia, Pa. He currently resides in Philadelphia and has worked throughout the region. Devon is a graduate of John Bartram High School in West Philadelphia. Upon graduation, he took a 3-year tour in the U.S. Armed forces. After completing his tour of duty that included South Carolina, Kentucky, and the Pacific Far East in Korea, Devon returned to Philly and entered Temple University, majoring in Marketing and Computer Science. After graduation, he began his computer science career as a consultant for various corporate entities throughout the tri-state area. Devon currently works for RandStad consulting firm at Vanguard investment in Malvern, Pa. While working for Comcast Corporation, he met Franklyn Athias. Franklyn who five years ago introduced him to West Park Cultural Center, where he has volunteered and joined as a coding instructor for the danceLogic program. Devon teaches computer programming to numerous children in the Philly area. “It is a most fulfilling experience to be able to teach and change the lives of young people striving for knowledge in the technology field.”


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