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Groove With Me, Inc. is a youth development organization using free dance classes and performance opportunities as a tool to instill in young women the leadership, pride, spirit of cooperation, creativity, joy and discipline needed to confront the adversity in their daily lives and throughout their future development. The program seeks to decrease teen pregnancy, truancy, crime, violence, prostitution, substance abuse and gang related activity by nurturing youth, building self-confidence, offering positive choices, and providing a safe place to go.


VISION
A dance studio as a safe and enduring space for girls to express themselves and discover their capacities in a stable environment

HISTORY
Groove With Me began with a vision that a dance center could become a safe space where girls would discover their potential. In June 1996 the organization’s founder Abigail McCreath launched her first class with two students at Loisaida, Inc., a community center on the Lower East Side. In that first year, Groove With Me grew to serve over 40 girls ages 7-14 with five classes per week and seven volunteer teachers. In February 2001 Groove With Me opened its own studio in Spanish Harlem. In the first half hour of registration 200 girls poured through the door. This rapid growth clearly demonstrates the need for this girl-specific activity.

Groove With Me, Inc. now offers 280 students, 35 classes a week, taught by 35 volunteer teachers.

Groove With Me is driven by volunteers who donate at least one hour each week, 48 weeks out of the year.

Click here to see our Board of Directors

Click here to see our Volunteers' Bios

 

Photo Credits:

Top: K. Esteman
Mid: AE Fletcher
Btm: AB Swenson


ACHIEVEMENTS

In 2010, 2011 and 2012, 100% of Groove With Me seniors graduated from High School.


AWARDS
 
 
PASEsetter Award - April, 2008
Maybelline Empowerment Through Education Award - Nov., 2007
Snapple's Best People In NYC Award - July, 2007
Harlequin More Than Words Award - 2005 >>>>>>>>>>
Glamour Best of You Award - 2002
Montblanc International Arts Patronage Award - May, 2000
Montblanc de la Culture Patron of the Arts Award - May, 2000
Eckerd Salute to Women – August, 2000
Ford Blue Oval Commitment to Kids Award - 2000  
RCN Cool Classics Award - 2000