What we doWe believe in the power of movement, expression, and creativity, we create a professional, fun, and progressive learning environment.
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.
Our StoryKids 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.
KEEP’s program expansionFor the 2014-2015 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 31 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.
Partner School'sKids Excel El Paso (KEEP) is committed to providing quality arts education to low-income children in public schools in economically disadvantaged neighborhoods in El Paso. Currently, the children in our partner schools average 90% Minority, 78% Economically Disadvantaged, 67% At-Risk, and 44% Limited English Proficient. With limited budgets for arts education, schools appreciate that KEEP outreach classes address 4th grade Fine Arts objectives and support various academic areas. All Kids Excel programs are free of charge to children and their families.
The StaffCourtney Elam - Executive Director
Erik Baray - Public Outreach & Development
David Sierra - Business Manager
Lori Rey - Artistic Director
Ismar Melchor - Music Director
Amanda Mena - Program Coordinator
Hector Rodriguez - Associate Music Director
Marina Garbalena - Special Programs Coordinator
Karla Rangel - Graphic Design
How It Works?The best thing in dance is that everybody gets in love with dancing very easily. There, everybody loves music & dance and it makes a good character and it makes you a disciplined person and makes your life a good place to live in.
Providing quality arts education
With limited budgets for arts education, schools appreciate that KEEP outreach classes address 4th grade Fine Arts objectives and support various academic area.
Always do their personal best!
Students will use their knowledge of dance concepts and choreographic devices to collaboratively create an original group dance.
Socialization Benefits, Never Give Up
Children will explore emotions through creative dance, dramatic play, visual arts, and music, learning to work as a team.
The Event of the Year
Each year, Kids Excel selects several Partner Schools to participate in our end-of-year gala performance at the historic Plaza Theatre!