Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014 -- A journey through dance and musical rhythms from the middle of the 20th century to the present is what was offered at this year’s ValorArte Para Niñas y Niños presentation. The show titled “The passing of the decades...steps that leave footprint”, was performed by the boys and girls of the ValorArte program on June 11th at the Paso del Norte Cultural Center in Cd. Juarez.
The one hour performance featured the work of the ValorArte Para Niñas y Niños program implemented in the most marginalized, gang-ridden communities in the municipality of Cd. Juarez by FEMAP. Approximately 500 children who participate in the program promoted by FEMAP health and community development of Ciudad Juarez held dances of different rhythms, like mambo, cha cha cha, swing, rock and roll, disco, pop, quebradita, rap and electronica, among others that were popular in the Decade of the 1940s to date.
“Valor Arte is based on the National Dance Institute in New York City. The program was founded by dancer Jacques d’Amboise in the belief that the arts have a unique power to engage children and motivate them toward excellence,” says Lic. Maria Eugenia Parra - FEMAP’s Youth Programs Director. “Each year, ValorArte transforms the lives of hundreds children and their communities through weekly dance and art classes, and public performances. The program goes into marginalized, gang-ridden areas of the municipality to work with children to ensure you develop personal standards of excellence, discipline, understanding of others, a pride of achievement, and a curiosity about the world that supports their success in school and in life”
"The show was a product of a year of hard work involving fourth-grade children from 10 schools in Juarez and the show in total lasted an hour and 20 minutes," said Zuly Galindo, artistic director and coordinator of the program.
FEMAP’s Youth Programs reach 10,000 children and adolescents every year.
“The ValorArte program is generating and nurturing the next generation of Juarenzes by providing access to positive role models, the arts, exercise, and even if it is for only a couple of hours a day, much happiness,” adds Anna Alemán, FEMAP Foundation Executive Director.