Recognizing that the arts have a unique power to engage and motivate children, the mission of Kids Excel El Paso (KEEP) is to help children develop discipline, a standard of excellence, and self-confidence that will positively impact their education and all aspects of their lives - one dance step at a time.
Using the award-winning National Dance Institute (NDI) teaching techniques created 40 years ago by former NYC Ballet dancer Jacques d’Amboise, KEEP brings its highly-energetic dance program directly into public elementary schools as part of the curriculum teaching students how to work hard, strive for their personal best, and never give up.
“The arts open your heart and mind to possibilities that are limitless. They are pathways that touch upon our brains and emotions and bring sustenance to imagination. Human beings’ greatest form of communication, they walk in tandem with science and play, and best describe what it is to be human.”
Kids Excel El Paso (KEEP) was founded in October 2004 and began as a pilot program with 280 children in three South El Paso schools. KEEP has grown annually to meet the demand for its dynamic arts education outreach. Since inception, KEEP has served over 14,790 children, 897 classroom teachers, and over 189,200 audience members.
Following is a history of KEEP’s program expansion:
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For the 2015-2016 school year, KEEP has maintained its curriculum in the 31 schools served last year and expanded to include 1 additional school and 100 students, thereby serving a total of 32 schools, 2,900 students, 170 classroom teachers, and 28,000 audience members. KEEP maintains a waiting list of 6 schools whose principals have requested this vital arts education programming which imparts children with essential skills to succeed in the classroom and throughout their lives.