Our youth programming provides experiences for pre-adulthood that contribute to healing the injustices in our community from a traditional and holistic lens. Body and self-awareness are necessary for actual change and radical cultural transformation. These programs were created for youth to engage and interact with peers while familiarizing and healing their bodies.
Using healing arts, we create cross-cultural, emotional, and intersectional experiences. We focus on African roots and culture through drum and dance, mindfulness, social-emotional learning, indigenous history, and community support. We also facilitate programming for families and intergenerational spaces.
RIY sessions focus on visual arts, drama, and dance, all inspired by the West African diaspora. Participants engage in social-emotional learning, mindfulness practices, body awareness, drum and dance. RIY is often assisted by members of RYDC, allowing the dance company members to lean into leadership, critical thinking, time management and self-discipline. At the end of each RIY session, participants showcase what they learned for their friends and family with live drumming!Apply for a Scholarship
A non-competitive pre-professional dance company. The members of the company perform with the Rootead Youth Drum & Dance Ensemble.Apply for a Scholarship
My time with rooted has been nothing short of amazing, building such a sisterhood with my dance ground and enjoying every practice. - Tiyanna, age 13
Having this opportunity to be welcomed into Rootead and having the chance to dance and meet amazing new people is something I’ll always be thankful for.🙌🏽 I love coming and being surrounded in a positive atmosphere, it’s refreshing and it always makes my day to be with everyone.❤️🔥 - Janiah, age 14
My time was really nice at rooted, I was a new comer but it feels like y’all are my family now 💗 -Anonymous
Rootead has been an awesome addition to our lives! From drum and dance to new friends and activities, we have grown to look forward to all of the activities offered at Rootead. We are always recommending the programs to others in the community! - Alicia Switch, dance mom