LAUSD District 2
P. Valerie Dauphin, an Arts Education Fellow from Los Angeles, is the Company K!ds Director and a Dance Instructing Artist at Gabriella Charter Schools, a Substitute Teacher with LAUSD, a Published Author, Certified Life Coach, and the Founder of Feel Good Kick Ass, a personal development business that provides coaching and movement services to aid its clients in developing the confidence and authenticity to live a dream-come-true life. For her action project, Valerie wanted to create a series of workshops, tentatively titled The Rock Your Community Danceshops™, where under-represented, under-served, and marginalized students of color (and their families!) have a safe space to address and discuss challenging and controversial societal issues and personal experiences while also being uplifted, having fun, and fostering multi-generational bonding through a fusion of Salsa, African, House, and Hip Hop dance. Valerie has met with LAUSD’s K-12 Arts Director and Dance Specialist, has identified potential collaborators from previous ACTIVATE fellowships, and is in the beginning stages of partnering with a non-profit to secure grants for the project. The ultimate goal is for The Rock Your Community Danceshop™ to be a biweekly or monthly 2-hour event at several locations throughout greater Los Angeles, where students and their communities come together to hash out their biggest gripes and envision possibilities of change with issues including, but not limited to, social justice, racism, peer pressure, LGBTQ identity, and first-generation identity.
Link to Project Materials