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Xcape's Appearance on the Queen Latifah Show

QLS featured YEA!'s Xcape Dance Company!

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The entire team at Youth Education in the Arts is thrilled to announce that Xcape Dance Company was featured on the new Queen Latifah Show on Thursday, October 3, 2013.

You can view part of the episode at QueenLatifah.com:

The Queen Latifah Show premiered on September 16, 2013 and features celebrity interviews, human interest stories, musical performances and pop culture news. Queen Latifah also ventures into communities across the country to share compelling stories, celebrate individuals who give back to their communities and delivers life-changing surprises. Her producers discovered Xcape's website and reached out to the studio's director, Dawn Blanco, about featuring the company on the show.

The camera crew also recently traveled to YEA!'s office in Allentown to film some of Xcape's rehearsals before inviting Dawn and instructor Portia McDuffie to film on the set with Queen Latifah herself.

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Queen Latifa surprised Dawn and Portia with a gift for them: The opportunity to take dance lessons from their inspiration, Celebrity Dance Choreographer Luam, in New York CIty!


YEA_XCAPE_6-8-12_361_HR_crop.jpgMore about Xcape

In 2006, Youth Education in the Arts offered up some space within the office building for a local group of young dancers to practice. This small group of dancers, known as "Xcape" were funded by the City of Allentown's Weed and Seed Program. When Xcape lost funding in 2010, YEA! adopted the program as an official program of its Urban Arts Center.

Portia McDuffie was a dancer in Xcape since the start of the program, and she eventually became an official teacher in 2011.

Dawn Blanco got involved with Xcape as a guest teacher in the summer of 2011 and accepted the position as director of the studio in August of 2012. Dawn now runs the studio, teaches classes and choreographs dances.

Xcape has grown exponentially in recent years and now brings in nearly 150 students each week. Through Xcape, YEA! seeks to provide a safe, positive environment where youth from elementary school to young adulthood can feel welcome and learn the art of dance. Originally focused on hip hop, the Xcape curriculum now includes ballet and contemporary dance as well.

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