Dixon's Little Women - Hip Hop Girls Dance Troop

Organization Sponsor: Dixon’s Little Women (D.L.W.)

Organization Partner: George Dixon Center

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Program Description

Dance has a fresh new look and energy with Dixon’s Little Women (D.L.W), a dance group of eight talented young women, (Angelina, Taryn, Chekara, Kayla, Allison, Jade, Angelique, Leatte with choreographers Holly Brinton and Lillian Glasgow) from Central Halifax.

This girl combo is dedicated to physical fitness & self expression through dance.Originally, these girls were attending the After-school program at the George Dixon Centre and were enrolled in the Child Hip Hop Dance Classes. It is from those classes that D.L.W. was formed in September 2001.

The group members, who range in age from 7 to 11, have the ability to emulate some of the top hip hop dancers. The group’s most valuable asset is its diversity and the unique dance style each member of the group brings to the stage.

Although most of Dixon’s Little Women’s choreography is done by Lillian Glasgow and Holly Brinton, the girls lend their talents and creativity in creating the dance routines. Over the last two years they have created eight dances which they have performed throughout HRM. D.L.W. has had some great media exposure and have performed at many venues.

They have opened for Nova Scotia’s Premier at the Launch of Healthy Kids, Active Kids, as well as opened the Great Canadian Family Picnic on July 1st. They have had over 30 performances including: community and school events, conferences, hip hop nights, basketball tournaments, senior citizen homes, the Africville reunion.They have also ap-peared on Breakfast Television and the Christmas Daddies Telethon.

D.L.W’s enthusiasm and love for dance has helped them continue to create and develop new choreography, pushing themselves to their creative and physical limits. D.L.W’s ability to develop and perform several dances makes them an exceptional find.

In addition to their dancing skills, all eight members of D.L.W. are very comfortable on stage and have a wonderful ability to interact with a crowd. Although the group is young, they are truly dedicated to dance, have a sense of community and understand the great importance of setting a good example.

The team has slowed done and some members have now retired after a sensational 6 inspiring dance .

Program Approximate Cost: 

free

Funding Sources: 

HRM Recreation

Strategies For Sustainability: 

The space was provided free and instructors were paid HRM recreation salaries. It was a new activity that youth wanted to do. Providing a performing opportunity help keep the project alive.

Impact Of Program: 

The girls who participated in this project had a semi professional training and performing experience. They in turn inspired many other girls to sign up and participate in hip hop dance classes. The Dixon Little Women really help make the hip hop movement popular in this city.

Evaluation Tools: 

Feedback from participants and other recreation directors and audiences.

Key Elements Towards Success: 

This project used a group of community girls who were all friends and enjoyed being together. The started off recreational but became almost professional. They were committed with great directors and choreographers. They also were committed to performing for many community events which gave them a purpose.

Challenges To Meet Them: 

This group because they became so popular and had many request for performances required a lot of rehearsal and extra performing time commitment. Unless it becomes a salary based project it becomes too time demanding to maintain for the volunteer participants.

Length and Stage of Project: 

This project grew out of an after school recreation program that began in 2001. The group lasted 7 years. Hip hop dance classes are still very popular at every recreation center and dance studio in the province.

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