We accept 25 teen girls (13-18 yrs old) in the Seattle community for one academic year of after-school classes, 1 1/2 hours each, two times per week. They are taught the elements of American Tribal Style dance, a rich, diverse, artistic, cultural dance form that spans the regions of India, the Middle East, North Africa and Spain and its expression through the varied and complex music of these same cultures. The girls also participate in talking circles and journal writing during which they discuss issues affecting them. Each girl identifies a personal goal that she would like to achieve during the course of the program. Guest speakers cover a wide range of topics from nutrition and body awareness to financial education, etc. Many successful women of various fields that are of particular interest to the girls, address the girls each week. There are two Student Salons (student performances) each session. Entrance into the program does not depend on demonstrated talent, standard beauty, or ability to pay the fees the program would require.
October 2013, we are launching the SEEDs Program at Chief Sealth International High School in West Seattle
There is no fee for students to attend this after school program as it is funded by the YMCA at Chief Sealth High School. However, the girls will need journals, costumes and finger cymbals. The fee for one girl would be $250 for the year to cover the cost of all supplies.