The Don’t Miss A Beat organization continues the celebration of Black History Month with a groundbreaking ceremony Sunday for the opening of its new dance studio Movement House.
Movement House will be open to approximately 200 students served by the nonprofit program. It will offer yoga, choreography and dance classes. Experts in various dance styles will teach students the techniques and genres of different dances.
The studio further expands the Don’t Miss A Beat organization and serves to inspire the youth of Jacksonville, providing them with a space where they can grow and learn creatively through dance.
“This additional space allows the organization to grow and also provides the premier dance studio in this region for ‘At-Hope Kids’,” said Ulysses Owens Jr., artistic director of Don’t Miss A Beat.
“I can’t wait to see the children’s inspiration and creativity come to life in this space, and I hope the Movement House will help transform lives through dance and give students another way to grow and grow. ‘express,’ Owens said.
Movement House replaces a small building that was vacant behind the existing Don’t Miss A Beat Community Art Center.
In 2018, the city of Jacksonville and JaxParks and Recreation accepted Movement House’s proposal and funded the studio. Other sponsors also helped. Custom Bars Donated Ballet Bars; Mercury Carpet and Floor donated the vinyl flooring; and a separate anonymous sponsor donated the necessary Marley Flooring.
Sunday festivities also include a keynote speaker before the inauguration.
R. Jai Gillum, Executive Director of the BEST Project at United Way of the Big Bend and wife of former gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum, will discuss “The Courage to Be Extraordinary” at 1 p.m. at the Community Art Center Don’t Miss A Beat. , 2839 W. Beaver St. Freda Hadkey, professor of historical music and jazz studies at The Juilliard School, will host the event.
Owens, a Juilliard graduate, founded Don’t Miss A Beat as an arts program seeking to help suspended youth stay in school. Since its inception, the organization has expanded its efforts to include the performing arts, academic enrichment and civic engagement as well as vocational training for parents.
Its mission is “to blend music, art, academic achievement and civic engagement to inspire and enlighten children and teens in Riverside, Woodstock and Brooklyn communities,” according to her website on dontmissabeat.org.
Gabrielle Parzygnat: (904) 359-4697