By giving to the PBD scholarship fund, you provide young people with opportunities to create deep connections with themselves, each other, and adult mentors. They become creators of beauty and art. A gift to the scholarship fund is a gift of all the intangibles of this world that make life rich, full, and beautiful. Read the stories of three brothers who have been impacted by the scholarship program at PBD.
I have been dancing since I was 5 ½ years old, on Kids Team with Ms. Chantel. I loved dancing with Ms. Chantel, and Mr. Michael and the friends that I made on team. Some of my best friends are from PBD. I have worked really hard to get better and to pay attention in class, and now I am on Preteen Premier! I am excited for my first trip to Nationals this year!
My favorite thing about dance is my friends and the relationships I have made. I love being on stage and showing off. Dancing makes me feel happy and I love making people smile. I can’t imagine life without Dance and PBD! And I hope I never have to find out what that is like!
I have been dancing since I was 8 years old. I started dancing because my big brother Malakai loved dance so much [that] I wanted to be a part of it too. I want to make Malakai proud by becoming a great dancer.
My first team was the Kids Team. Ms. Chantel was my coach. I was one of the oldest kids on the team and so Ms. Chantel asked me to help and be a leader. In my first show, I got to do a lift with Miriam, and it made me feel important and strong.
My first time at Nationals was kinda scary at first because there were sooo many people! But it was also fun and exciting! Our first year of Preteen Premier, the medley I was in, Coco, got 1st place in 2nd division! It was so exciting to come home with a medal our first year!
Scholarships have helped my family to be able to keep 3 kids in the program so that my brothers and I can dance. PBD’s scholarship program has made it possible for me to become a better dancer, a better friend and a better person.
There are so many kids out there who just need a chance, and just need a community to support and believe in them. Dance can, and does make a difference in so many lives. I have watched it change people, friends of mine, my brothers, and myself. I wouldn’t want to live in a world without dance, and I want to share my world with everyone I can.