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making dance accessible to Local communities


The Rock School's multi-faceted outreach program, RockReach is the most extensive dance and movement community outreach program in the Philadelphia region.  Today, the program touches the lives of over 26,000 inner-city children annually through multiple components: in-school and after-school Residencies, which include 36 weeks of high-quality, twice-weekly dance instruction integrated into each participating school's curriculum; Dynamics of Dance, school-wide interactive, energetic performances by Rock School students; City Dance, a long-term scholarship program for students of low-income families; and free tickets and transportation for 1,800 RockReach students to The Rock School's holiday production of Nutcracker 1776 at the Merriam Theater.

Designed to strengthen academic skills, develop children's social skills, broaden interests, and keep students constructively and actively engaged, RockReach programs jointly meet the needs of youth by connecting dance, academics, and life-long learning.

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RockReach immerses dance throughout local communities by leveling the playing field so that everyone has equal access to art.