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‘Pointe West Performances’ Celebrates 10 Years with the ‘Akron After School’ Program

UPublish story by Erin Brown

AKRON, OHIO- The Infinite Legacy Project, a humanities-based outreach program of Pointe West Performances, announces its 10th year Anniversary working with the Akron After School program as a provider of continued arts education for children in the Akron Public School System. The outreach program serves to provide children with the opportunity to continue their exposure to dance and the arts through meaningful cultural projects of the organization's professional dance company, Pointillism Jazz Consort.

Since its inception, The Infinite Legacy Project (ILP) has been a key collaborator with the nationally noted Akron After School (AAS), a program providing educational enrichment opportunities for elementary school children in twenty-four Akron City Public Schools. Since 2009, the ILP has awarded hundreds of scholarships to participating students for further dance studies, contributing dramatically to the cultural growth and academic improvement of the students and their families. Together, the ILP and AAS were once publicized as a national "Model of Success". In addition to scholarships and education, the outreach program produces free annual performances and offers reasonably priced community classes.

"My heart is enlightened when I think about how organic and absolutely effective this educational process is. One representation of this process is with two students that were chosen as our scholarship recipients from Robinson Elementary CLC that were provided with books, shoes, and dance classes at my conservatory. Since then, they've progressed quickly to become classroom leaders, to mini company members and today, Akron After School teacher trainees! I strongly believe in exposing our ILP students to Pointillism members throughout this educational process as a means to expedite their progress and give them inspiration," says Suzanne Winland, Artistic Director at Pointe West Performances.

In celebration of the 10th Anniversary, scholarship recipients from AAS, the ILP, and Pointillism plan to present a full-length performance of "A Midsummer Night's Dream" at the Akron-Summit County Public Library in the city's downtown area. The performance will be free and open to the public. To complement the 10th Anniversary celebration, all performers will be presenting "Follow the Magic" flash happenings during May & June of 2013. “Follow The Magic” films, leading up to the celebration performance can be viewed on www.youtube.com and Razoo, as well.

Pointe West Performances is a 501 (c) non-profit organization founded in Akron, Ohio. Contact the company directly for further information at 330.666.2079, www.pointewest.org or info@pointewest.org. Please visit their blog at www.pointewestdance.wordpress.com, Twitter @pointewestdance, and Facebook page at P.W. Performances for current news. The organization is accepting donations, which can be made via Razoo at http://www.razoo.com/story/Follow-The-Magic.


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