During a time when schools have greatly reduced funding for the fine arts, after-school programs are the only way many schools can expose their students to the arts. This dance program at Southeast Junior High will provide a place where girls can express themselves and build confidence, and is an alternative to competitive sports, sedentary habits, and unsafe street activities. Students will take classes once a week and learn elements of dance, technique and choreography. The dance club also intends to perform at multiple venues, including school assemblies, senior centers, and the Sand in the City Festival. The girls will be able to build leadership skills while preparing for performances through choosing music, developing choreography and designing costumes.