“The whole of the Mark DeGarmo Dance company, I would say that this is phenomenal. They have brought out the best in our children.”

-Dr. Cynthia Celestine, Principal, Bedford-Stuyvesant

“When the music is on people dance for all sorts of reasons: to mourn, to celebrate, to heal, and to give thanks.”

-3rd grader, Lower East Side

“In my opinion, it’s just a way to advance yourself. Like right now with the final showcase, I’m going to miss it. I really like it. I’m going to miss it a lot.”

-5th grader, Lower East Side

“When we’re all pulling each other, we’re fighting. We’re struggling for our rights to not be harassed. It feels like we’re all different and we’re all unique in our own way, but we should all be treated the same. So we’re struggling. We’re fighting to change the world around us.”

-5th grader, Bedford-Stuyvesant