OUR COMMUNITY IMPACT
ADDITIONAL IMPACT IN 2017
1383 Children served
29 Teacher Apprentice Scholarships 3 Production Scholarship
10 Shine Scholarships 31 Accel Scholarships
15 Performances & 4 Fundraisers 5,603 Attendees
“Dance Discovery Foundation is able to give hope, give a voice, improve health, educate, and empower individuals of all ages.”
2010 - Dance Discovery Foundation (DDF) is founded by Jena Minnick Bull & an affiliation with South Coast Conservatory (SCC) was formed. Dance company’s were recruited & contracts accepted. The Board was created and a Plan of Action was made. DDF begins fundraising and launches the Performance Program with the 1st Annual Spring Festival of Dance.
2011- DDF raised community awareness of the need to integrate dance back into elementary education, and formulated partnerships with schools in Orange County. Launched in public education outreach program, “Healthy Body, Healthy Mind” Elementary Program. DDF hosts the 2nd Annual Spring Festival of Dance showcasing DDF's Company Compass Dance and guest company Leverage Dance in "The Junction" and presented the classic ballet story of "Giselle" with the American Ballet Company of MV Dance.
2012 - DDF continued to raise community awareness and programing in partnering schools in Orange County. DDF hosts the 3rd Annual Spring Festival of Dance featuring DDF Company's Compass Dance and Next Level with guest company artist Leverage Dance in "Collision:Dance" and presented the full length ballet of "Paquita" with MUSE Ballet Company.
2013 - DDF formulated partnerships with schools in San Bernardino County. Provided entertainment for Providence Speech and Hearing Surf City Fundraiser. Hosted the 4th Annual Spring Festival of Dance with "Collision:Dance" and presented with MUSE Ballet Company the full length ballet of Sleeping Beauty in Laguna Beach, CA. DDF’s Performance program presented “Footloose” The Musical at UCI's Claire Trevor Theatre.
2014 - DDF launches the Scholarship Program by granting the SHINE scholarship to 2deserving applicants. Brought “The Rising Stars” Special Needs Program to Crown Valley Elementary. Attended with DDF Company performances the SOKA International Arts Festival. Hosted the 5th Annual Spring Festival of Dance, Collision Dance with guest artist Leverage Dance and DDF’s Performance Program hosted Compass Dance in the performance, “The Junction”.
2015 - DDF was honored to partner with the Orange County Sheriffs department to provide a HIP HOP workshop for the GRIP program of Orange County. Launched the “Lunch Break” Junior High Program. Continued “Healthy Body, Healthy Mind”, and “The Rising Stars” program. Attended with Company performances the SOKA International Arts Festival. Hosted the 6th Annual Spring Festival of Dance comprised of Collision Dance and the presentation of Cinderella Ballet performed by South Coast Ballet Theatre. DDF’s performance program hosted SCC’s production of “Neverland”, hosted NXT LVL’s, “One Night Only” performance and SCC's production of "The Nutcracker". Raised and granted $30,000.00 in Scholarship awards. And, in September the 2015-2016 public education programs continued and doubled in size.
2016 - DDF became an official partner of OC GRIP and provided the 1st official DANCE workshop through their incentive program. Continued the “Lunch Break” Junior High Program, “Healthy Body, Healthy Mind” Elementary Program and “The Rising Stars” Special Needs Program. Attended with Company performances the SOKA International Arts Festival, Surf Jam & Jump for Heart. Hosted the 7th Annual Spring Festival of Dance comprised of Collision Dance and the presentation of "The Sleeping Beauty Ballet" performed by South Coast Ballet Theatre. DDF’s performance program also hosted SCC’s production of “Princess and the Frog”, hosted NXT LVL’s, “One Night Only” & "Cluedo" performances and South Coast Ballet Theatre's production of "The Nutcracker". Raised and granted $40,000.00 in Scholarship awards. In September the 2016-2017 public education programs continued and doubled in size adding 2 new schools in the Capistrano Unified School District. DDF also hosted it's first Dance-a-thon Fundraiser with ambassador Gracie Doran raising money for her Rising Stars Program and CHOC hospital.
2017 - DDF provided 2nd official DANCE workshop for OC GRIP and partnered with Sakina Ibrahim, motivational speaker and author of "Big Words to Little Me." Continued the “Lunch Break” Junior High Program, “Healthy Body, Healthy Mind” Elementary Program and “The Rising Stars” Special Needs Program. DDF added a new program, "California Educators for the Performing Arts" (CEPA) Attended with Company performances the SOKA International Arts Festival & Surf Jam and hosted two Lunch Break showcases in January and May for the Public Education Program. This year, DDF's 8th Annual Spring Festival of Dance combined with South Coast Ballet Theatre with their production of "Coppelia", South Coast Conservatory's recital production of "Park After Dark" and our company performances in "Collision" and "Rhythms Maximus in the new "Dance Festival" Celebration of Dance in June. The CEPA program was the host for the Art-E Awards (Art Educators Awards) celebrating SCC's 25 years in the performing arts industry. DDF hosted NXT LVL’s, “One Night Only” & "Mystery" performances and South Coast Ballet Theatre's production of "The Nutcracker". DDF also hosted it's second Dance-a-thon Fundraiser raising money for her Rising Stars Program and CHOC hospital. And, the Scholarship Program added two educational scholarships under the CEPA program for industrial/professional skill education and raised and granted over $60,000.00 in Scholarship awards.
DANCE DISCOVERY FOUNDATION IS DEDICATED TO FOSTERING THE ARTS IN OUR SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA COMMUNITY.
WE ARE A PROUD MEMBER OF ARTS ORANGE COUNTY AND SUPPORT THE ORANGE COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION’S ARTS ADVANTAGE PROGRAM.
ARTS ORANGE COUNTY SPEAKS UP FOR THE ARTS AND ARTS EDUCATION TO GOVERNMENT, THE MEDIA, THE BUSINESS COMMUNITY, AND THE CITIZENS OF ORANGE COUNTY. THEY SUPPORT THE PRESERVATION AND PROTECTION OF STATE MANDATED, STANDARDS-BASED ARTS CURRICULUM IN ORANGE COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS AND HAS TAKEN A LEADERSHIP ROLE IN ADVOCATING FOR THE RESTORATION OF FUNDING FOR THE CALIFORNIA ARTS COUNCIL (CAC), OUR STATE ARTS AGENCY. ARTS ORANG COUNTY WORKS TO ENSURE THAT ORANGE COUNTY’S ARTISTS AND ARTS ORGANIZATIONS RECEIVE THEIR FAIR SHARE OF THE CAC FUNDING THAT IS AVAILABLE, AND THAT ORANGE COUNTY IS REPRESENTED ON THE COUNCIL.
ARTS ADVANTAGE IS DESIGNED TO ENSURE THAT EVERY K-12 STUDENT IN ORANGE COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS WILL RECEIVE A COMPREHENSIVE, SEQUENTIAL, STANDARDS-BASED ARTS EDUCATION THAT INCLUDES DANCE, MUSIC, THEATRE AND VISUAL ARTS BASED ON THE VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS STANDARDS FOR CALIFORNIA PUBLIC SCHOOLS, GRADES PREK-12.
how & why ddf supports the arts
Dance Discovery Foundation is raising funds to assist the implementation and continuation of dance and the performing arts in our special and public education system, to provide scholarships and to preserve the performing art culture as a whole. We are committed to sustaining the vitality of our creative community and will continue to help and empower our community for many years to come. In order to do this Dance Discovery Foundation has created vital, creative based outreach programs focused on increasing the exposure and access to dance and the performing arts education.
“DDF is working on uniting and expanding the dance and performing arts community, extending instruction and performance opportunities to places and students who otherwise wouldn't have the opportunity, creating projects that benefit and inspire the community at large and to give education/educational performances in different forms to the public.”
At a time when arts education has been virtually eliminated from traditional schools, our Community Outreach Programs have never been more important. They focus on giving our community hope, a voice, improved health, education, and empowerment to individuals of all cognitive stages, abilities and ages by providing free educational activities throughout Southern California, in schools and in the community.
93% of Americans consider the arts to be vital to providing a well-rounded education and a critical link to learning and success while only 11% of public schools are meeting state goals for arts instruction. DDF was established to remedy that gap and provide the education and exposure to the arts that our parents, youth and community expects.
DDF knows that movement, relating to rhythm and music is innate in all of us and is a part of all of our ancestries. DDF intends to use this knowledge of dance and the performing arts to support, improve and inspire our communities artistic potential and as a way of bringing our community together.
The arts have been proven to impart individuals with discipline, a standard of excellence, and a self-confidence that positively impacts their education and their lives by developing self awareness, problem solving skills, interactive capacities and aesthetic appreciation.
By providing the means to continue supporting the arts and our communities children with the skills valuable for a brighter future, DDF’s Community Outreach Programs make it possible for the individuals in our community to learn, experience, continue education, share their work and their ideas, experiment, risk, and grow with the tools to generate personal change and social reflection.
To learn more about Arts in our community and Advocacy visiT:
The ARTS ORANGE COUNTY, established in 1995 as the nonprofit, countywide arts council of Orange County, California. Its Founding Executive Director was Bonnie Brittain Hall. The council's dedicated staff and Board of Directors support a vision to establish the county as one of the top creative communities in the nation. To that end, Arts Orange County serves as a resource and advocate for the arts community, as a catalyst for leadership on arts issues, and as a sponsor of programs and services which enhance public awareness of arts activities and promote the development of the arts and arts education.
3730 South Susan Street, Suite 100
Santa Ana, CA 92704
The CALIFORNIA ALLIANCE FOR ARTS EDUCATION, mission is to promote, support, and advocate for visual and performing arts education for preschool through post-secondary students in California schools. Working to build a brighter future for our state by making the arts a core part of every child’s education. A statewide leader and convener, the Alliance galvanizes California’s educators and other experts in arts and culture to advocate for quality arts education for all students. Our efforts focus on three keys areas: State policy, Coalition building & Public advocacy.
495 E. Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91101
The NATIONAL ASSEMBLY OF STATE ARTS AGENCIES (NASAA), is the membership organization that unites, represents and serves the nation’s state and jurisdictional arts agencies. NASAA’s mission is to advance and promote a meaningful role for the arts in the lives of individuals, families and communities throughout the United States.
1029 Vermont Avenue, NW,
2nd Floor Washington, DC 20005
The ARTS EDUCATION PARTNERSHIP (AEP), established in 1994, is a national coalition of over 100 arts, education, business, philanthropic and government organizations that support the essential role of the arts in student learning and school improvement. AEP is administered by the Council of Chief State School Officers and the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies, through a cooperative agreement with the National Endowment for the Arts and the U.S. Department of Education.
1 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Suite 700
Washington, DC 20001-1431
Tel: 202-326-8693 (Information Line)