ELKHART — Concord Project Dance wants to provide free dance classes to 200 students and help 21 of those students compete at the national level.
To do that, they need your help.
The project, which runs through Concord Community Schools, is running an IndieGoGo crowdfunding campaign. The group is hoping to raise $12,000 -- just over half of the $22,000 needed to provide after-school dance classes to students year round.
The project is tailored for students who may be struggling at home or at school, including students who are at risk for dropping out, and giving them a home.
In the donation video, a member of Concord Project Dance talks about how the dance classes helped her after she lost her home, pets and everything she owned in a house fire her freshman year of high school.
"My life was jumbled and scary and shrouded in darkness. But I could come and dance and smile and talk to my friends and be a part of a team and that was my new family," she said. "That, I think, saved my life my freshman year."
The funding will help pay for costumes, choreography, instruction and guest artists from Chicago and LA. It will also pay for 21 students to study dance and compete in Orlando on the national level. Students are working for the remaining $10,000.
Find out more on Concord Project Dance's IndieGoGo page.