What we doKEEP's energetic and dynamic curriculum teaches children the fundamental values of determination, discipline, and excellence through the power of movement.
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 30,622 children, 1,186 classroom teachers, and over 348,920 audience members.
For the 2019-2020 school year, KEEP has maintained its curriculum in 32 schools, and 3 after schools in EPISD, thereby serving a total of 35 schools, over 2,700 students, 140 classroom teachers, and 28,000 audience members. KEEP maintains a waiting list of 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.
For more information on how to get on our waiting list, please contact the main office of each school district
Or KEEP's Associate Director:
KEEP’s program expansionFor the 2019-2020 school year, KEEP has maintained its curriculum in 32 schools, and 3 after schools in EPISD, thereby serving a total of 35 schools, 2,600 students, 140 classroom teachers, and 28,000 audience members. KEEP maintains a waiting list of 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.
2019-2020 Partner Schools
El Paso Independent School District
-Zavala Canutillo Independent School District
-Reyes Ysleta Independent School District
-Thomas Manor Charter Schools
-La Fe Preparatory School
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/Artistic Director
Barbara Bustamante - Associate Director
David Sierra - Business Manager
Karla Rangel - Graphic Designer
Ismar Melchor - Music Director
Hector Rodriguez - Associate Music Director
The Benefits of DanceKEEP measures the success and impact of its programming through fidelity to the National Dance Studio's curriculum model and standards. In a 1997 doctoral dissertation entitle, ``The Effects of At-Rish Children of an In-School Dance Program`` by Jenny Seham (Adelphi University Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies), the impact of NDI's methodology was scientifically verified. Dr. Seham tested 4th and 5th grade NDI Participants and a non-dance control group before and after an NDI program. Her results showed NDI instruction to be ``clearly superior`` in improving scholastic and social skills in children. Grades increased ``significantly`` in reading, language, spelling, math, social studies, and conduct.
KEEP's pedogogy encourages children to work hard in everything they do and experience the benefits of their hard work in return. Students learn discipline that allows them to focus which carries into their everyday lives.
Never Give Up
Students learn that mistakes are a normal part of the learning process. KEEP encourages success through repetative instruction and individual excellence.
Each student learns that their personal best differs from their classmates. Students learn to support eachother and create a team, to work hard while having fun, and to have confidence to try new things.