A blizzard swept through the city less than a week ago and Chicago parents pressed their way through cold and snow for my Dance.Music.Theatre Workshop. Some corner of the world may know of my contributions to the entertainment industry as a ChicagoNow journalist or as a Flair TV host & producer. However, in the shades of the limelight I am a huge youth advocate and philantropist with more than ten years of experience children in the teaching children. My organization, C. Stanback Enterprises encourages youth to positively express themselves through the performing arts.
For the last few months, the DMT Workshop has been a successful enterprises for girls and boys to learn theatre acting, script reading, different styles of dance, and multiple facets of music, including vocals and songwriting. The month of February was a special one, as we launched the kick-off of the workshop at Rainbow Push Headquarters in Chicago's Hyde Park neighborhood. Rev. Jesse Jackson is an icon of this time, with a impressive history of improving the lives of minorities. This month's theme celebrated Black History Month. Our Group Leader Keinika Carlton warmed the youth up with ice breaker games and taught them to improv using role-playing exercises. Our group leader Shontay Pinder taught the children an African dance routine. that really got them jumping and moving. Still, the youth learned historical facts and figures about African American pioneers. Under the leadership of fomer South Shore Drill Team Member Captain Mike, the World Performance Team entertained the hall full of parents, youth and staff with a drill routine dedicated to Dr. Martin Luther King. They were an excellent component to this event.
The youth were buzzing with energy and smiles were plastered over their faces as they learned new things. I smiled that day right along them at the excitement in the room and for the support of Rainbow Push. With that support, I am able to reach more inner-city youth and offer complimentary arts programs to keep kids active, safe, educated, and confident. The best is yet to come!!
The next Dance.Music.Theatre Workshop is March 5, 2011 from 11:30am-3:00pm at Rainbow Push: 930 E. 50th St. in Chicago. The theme is "The Art of Worship" and it will feature Praise Dance & Mime lessons as well Vocal Lessons using contemporary music. The workshop is FREE! Spread the word and don't miss seeing some of Chicago's most talented youth learn and perform.
For more information, please visit www.cstanbackenterprises.org or call (888)428-2870.
Chundria Stanback Founder/Director C. Stanback Enterprises