“I have improved my communication and team-working skills so much. I have learned that if I want something, I need to really work for it and be patient.” – Youth participant in the 2016 Step Ahead program
A long-standing program at Joy of Motion has been Step Ahead, an engaging and productive arts experience during summer vacation for 30 DC teens in our Atlas studio location. With dance and performance as the conduits, Step Ahead teaches life and career skills to prepare teens for productive and creative futures. Teens build self-confidence, engage in physical activity, and develop project management and employment skills. Participants are compensated for their dance and production work through the Department of Employment Services’ Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP).