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Gedenk Dance For Tolerance

A social dance program in Jersey City public schools, promoting tolerance and ethnic understanding in underprivileged, diverse communities.
ABOUT: The program, designed for second through eighth grade students, utilizes the language of ballroom dance to teach students tolerance, respect and discipline through dance styles, their cultural backgrounds, music and costumes. A uniques collaboration between Gedenk, award-winning dancer Jevgeni Davidov.

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Gedenk Award For Tolerance

A highly acclaimed national contest and scholarship program for middle and high school students to promote tolerance.
ABOUT: In partnership with "Scholastic Art & Writing Awards,” we ask students to create original works of art or writing that reflect upon the lessons learned from the Holocaust and other genocides with the intent to raise awareness of the importance of increasing tolerance to safeguard a peaceful society.

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GEDENK DANCE FOR TOLERANCE

A highly acclaimed national contest and scholarship program for middle and high school students to promote tolerance. ABOUT: In partnership with "Scholastic Art & Writing Awards,” we ask students to create original works of art or writing that reflect upon the lessons learned from the Holocaust and other genocides with the intent to raise awareness of the importance of increasing tolerance to safeguard a peaceful society.

THE AWARD: Gedenk anonymously chooses six young artists and writers that are selected to win national medals and prizes of $1,000 each. Our national award-winning teens from across the country are awarded with a “dream trip” to New York City in June for a national celebration series of events in their honor, including an award ceremony at Carnegie Hall and a special filmed interview with Gedenk.

WHY IS IT IMPORTANT?

Appalled by studies showing that over 50% of high school students in America don't know what the Holocaust is, the “Gedenk Award for Tolerance” promotes tolerance utilizing cultural outlets such as music, art and writing in order to connect to the young generation and show that our past is relevant to our future. Gedenk's founders are second and third generation Holocaust survivors that established Gedenk realizing that there is an urgent need for a different approach to promote tolerance.

BENEFITS AND GOALS:

  • Promoting tolerance and ethnic understanding to prevent bullying in schools and accept our cultural differences
  • Providing equal opportunities to all students in all communities
  • Fighting ignorance by educating about the history of the Jewish Holocaust and other genocides
  • Encouraging artistic self-expression via the arts
  • Celebrating diversity, unique identity and ethnic heritage

PROGRAM TIMELINE:

The Gedenk Award for Tolerance runs for the programmatic cycle of the 2016 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, beginning in August 2015 and at the Awards’ National Ceremony in June 2016.

SUCCESSFUL RESULTS: In the past three years we received an unprecedented amount of about 12,000 submissions which showed us that many young people today are passionate about promoting tolerance, diversity and ethnic understanding.

GEDENK AWARD FOR TOLERANCE

A social dance program in Jersey City public schools, promoting tolerance and ethnic understanding in underprivileged, diverse communities.

ABOUT: The program, designed for second through eighth grade students, utilizes the language of ballroom dance to teach students tolerance, respect and discipline through dance styles, their cultural backgrounds, music and costumes. A uniques collaboration between Gedenk, award-winning dancer Jevgeni Davidov and Jersey City.

WHY IS IT IMPORTANT?

It is a creative way to promote tolerance to the youth while bringing a diverse community together. As seen in the film "Mad Hot Ballroom," social dance such as Tango, Rumba, Viennese Waltz, Swing, Salsa, etc. can teach young people how to dance together and treat each other with respect. Dancing with a partner involves trust while developing unity and creating connections that can influence a community beyond the dance floor.

BENEFITS AND GOALS:

  • Promoting tolerance and ethnic understanding to prevent bullying in schools and accept our cultural differences
  • Transforming students' social skills by teaching respect, elegance, and teamwork through the practice of social dance
  • Provide healthy, safe, and artistic after school activities for those who cannot afford it
  • Improve students' discipline, focus, and enhance their learning ability
  • Improve grade averages, attendance, and reduce the school dropout rate

PROGRAM TIMELINE:

Program will run for a minimum of 20 weeks twice a week alongside the school calendar year to give students ample dance experience and the opportunity to progress. During the program, students will learn dance choreography leading up to their final performance at the end of the semester and participate in the “Dance for Tolerance Showcase:” A special showcase to provide students with an opportunity to perform on stage, demonstrate their skills and hard work and share with the community and parents the “Gedenk Dance for Tolerance” program.

WHAT WE NEED:

  • Quiet space
  • Dance floor (no carpet), a gym or auditorium are ideal.

PROGRAM TIMELINE:

The program runs for twenty weeks per school semester. Classes are 45-minutes long with two instructors per 36 students. At the end of each semester, our students perform at the “Gedenk Dance for Tolerance Showcase” to share and celebrate the program’s impact with their community.

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GEDENK DANCE FOR TOLERANCE


“Gedenk Dance for Tolerance” is a social dance program in Jersey City public schools, promoting tolerance to the youth in a diverse community. The program, designed for second through eighth grade students, utilizes the language of ballroom dance to teach students tolerance, respect and discipline through dance styles and cultures such as Tango, Rumba, Viennese Waltz, Swing, Salsa, etc. along with introductions to their cultural backgrounds, music and costumes. This program is made possible by a unique collaboration between the Gedenk Movement, award-winning dancer and owner of Hudson Dance Studio Jevgeni Davidov, and the city of Jersey City which is committed to serving its diverse community while promoting tolerance.

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GEDENK AWARD FOR TOLERANCE

We partnered with “Scholastic Arts & Writing Award” to present The Gedenk Award for Tolerance. We asked middle and high school students create original works of art or writing that reflect upon the lessons learned from the Holocaust and other genocides, with the intent to raise awareness of the importance of increasing tolerance to safeguard a peaceful society. We received an unprecedented amount of over 2,500 submissions in our first year (2014) and doubled that amount with over 5,000 submissions in only our second year (2015). We choose six young artists and writers from across the country to win medals and prizes of $1,000 each, invite them to attend the award ceremony in Carnegie Hall, New York City in June and participate in a special interview with the Gedenk team. Miri Ben-Ari and Gedenk would like to congratulate our winning teens!

2015 Gedenk Award for Tolerance Winning Works

    • John Legend

      Ella Corwin: “One”,

      Mixed Media. Grade 8, Age 13, Northshore Christian Academy, Everett, WA.

    • Miri Ben-Ari

      Lilianna Harris: “Legs”,

      Photography. Grade 11, Age 16, American Heritage School: Plantation Campus, Plantation, FL.

    • Zoe Saldana

      Jo de Waal: “Let Light In”,

      Personal Essay/Memoir. Grade 10, Age 15, Greenwich Academy, Greenwich, CT.

    • Donna Summer

      Candace Seeger: “Victory.1”,

      Ceramics & Glass. Grade 12, Age 16, Yorktown High School, Arlington, VA.

    • John Legend

      Mya Nunnally: “A House of Leaves Moments Before the Wind”,

      Poetry. Age 16, Grade 11, Red Bank Regional HSl, Little Silver, NJ. Gedenk Award for Tolerance with Honors!

    • Miri Ben-Ari

      Lisa Qian: “Squint”

      Personal Essay/Memoir. Grade 12, Age 17, Home School, Ann Arbor, MI.

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