Brooklyn Dance Company Receives $15,000 Grant

BROOKLYN — The Creative Outlet Dance Theatre of Brooklyn, a premiere dance company and school, has been selected as a 2010 grantee partner of the Brooklyn Community Foundation.

The grant, in the amount of $15,000, will support Creative Outlet’s enrichment and youth development efforts through the Young Artists division. The Young Artists division consists of up to 15 promising students from Creative Outlet’s Cultural Arts Program, ranging in age from 14 to 21. These pre-professional students are mentored and trained by professional artists to help develop their careers.

“We are ecstatic to begin a partnership with the Brooklyn Community Foundation,” said Jamel Gaines, artistic director and founder of Creative Outlet. “This grant will undoubtedly provide opportunities for these children that would not have been otherwise available.”

Young Artists has continuously defied the odds against it and is making impressive strides in art and academia. For example, three Young Artists have placed in the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People’s ACT-SO Competition, five Young Artists are advancing to post-secondary institutions upon graduation and one student was a Young Arts National Finalist, having competed in the National Foundation for the Advancement in the Arts’ competition.

Young Artists of the past have gone on to work with some of the most influential artists of all-time, including Beyoncé and the late Michael Jackson. In addition, several YA alumni are performing in the Tony Award-winning production of “FELA!”; two were finalists on Fox network’s “So You Think You Can Dance.”

The Brooklyn Community Foundation was founded in 1999 with the goal of bettering the lives of Brooklynites through the support of innovative non-profit organizations in the borough. Because all administrative costs are covered in advance, 100 percent of all donations to the organization are distributed to Brooklyn foundations and organizations directly