COMMUNITY PROGRAMS

Armour Dance Theatre’s Community Programs deliver free comprehensive after-school and summer camp programs in four neighborhoods across Miami-Dade County. Using a vibrant combination of the arts, academic instruction, and holistic strategies, Armour Dance Theatre helps propel students toward new choices and opportunities.

Goals of Community Progams 

  • To create a safe and supportive environment where students can maximize their potential.
  • To expose students to the arts through quality art experiences.
  • To improve reading skills and bring struggling students to grade level.
  • To assist students with homework and increase overall academic achievement.
  • To foster the social and emotional well-being of students.
  • To access necessary resources and services for families.

The formula for the program is simple. 

  • Deliver the highest quality Arts and Education after school and summer camp programs.
  • Build trust with the children and families.
  • Build long-term life skills.
  • Remove obstacles to opportunity and success.

To get more information on how to enroll in our community programs please contact Tessa McDonald, Director of Community Programs at Tessa@taballet.org

Due to COVID-19 Armour Dance Theatre has changed its safety policies to keep the teachers and students safe. Below please find our safety protocols.

Staff Safety – How we protect ourselves in our return to in-person programming.

● We are going to great lengths to protect our staff, students, and their families. We are not relying
on MDCPS staff to clean and sanitize our rooms and workspaces. We have hired a custodian at
each site to properly sanitize all rooms used by our program on a daily basis. Every custodian has
been formally trained by MDCPS and has been furnished with generous amounts of cleaning
supplies by TAYB.
● Frontline workers
● Mandatory Daily Health Screening
       ○ Each time you arrive at your site, it is mandatory that you complete the daily health screening
        COVID-19 log at the designated front desk area with the site director. (Here is
        what that form looks like).
       ○ The log is critical for safety and accountability.
       ○ Site directors will maintain and manage health screening forms in the provided binder.
       ○ Effective contact tracing means minimizing casual movements of staff and personnel.
       ○ Use the touchless thermometer to record your temperature and answer the screening questions listed.
       ○ The site director will ensure that each staff member completes the screening protocol daily
       ○ If you missed your morning job due to any symptoms or are aware of any symptoms prior
        to coming on-site please notify us immediately and do not report to our programs.
● Shields and masks
       ○ Shields and masks are to be worn by staff members at all times
       ○ Why? The virus can enter you through the soft tissue in your mouth, your nose and your
        eyes. While the mask protects your nose and mouth, it does not protect your eyes. We also
        know that the mask constantly slips while we are talking. Masks are reported to reduce the
        transmission of the droplets by 65-75%. Shields will protect any droplets from entering
        your eyes. Studies have found that a shield may reduce exposure by 96% when worn
        within 18 inches of someone coughing. The combination of mask and shield greatly
        reduces the chance of catching the virus or spreading it to someone else. The safest
        approach is to assume that anyone you come into contact may be carrying the virus, even if
        they are not feeling sick.
      ○ Should you need a replacement, a limited number of face masks and face shields will be
      available for staff members
● Hand-Washing or sanitizing is a personal responsibility to protect yourself and your family.
● COVID Symptoms Staff
       ○ If a staff member expresses COVID-19 symptoms, they will be asked to immediately leave
       the premises and get a rapid test for free at government sites.
       ○ SYMPTOMS: Fever, dry cough, headache, sore throat.
       ○ Staff is required to produce immediate (day of) proof of COVID-19 testing and submit
       results to TAYB administration the same day they are available. We need to see a copy of
       your test results.
       ○ To ensure compensation, proof of testing and final results must be shared with TAYB the
       same day they are sent to you.
       ○ If the test results are positive, we are required to notify the school and all families enrolled
       at the site.
      ○ Staff members who test positive must self-quarantine for 14 days with pay. We need a
       negative test report prior to reporting back to work.
      ○ If results are not received on the same day that results are made available to you, TAYB
      will no longer compensate you.
      ○ If your first test is negative, we will work with you to ensure it is safe for you to return to work.
Daily Logistics
Below are TAYB’s general protocols across sites. Please be mindful that each site will have specific plans
as it relates to: Student pick up; arrivals and dismissal; Sign in & Out of students; snack pick up;
Restricted areas, restrictions on use of specific areas on the school property; crowd control; campus
visitors and guests.
● General
       ○ Each age group will stay in the same assigned room during all program hours to maximize contact                tracing.
                  ■ Rooms will be assigned based on the capacity to maximize recruitment.
        ○ Students will remain in their assigned classroom for the duration of programming.
        ○ Students are required to wear face masks at all times, including during dance.
        ○ We will have a limited amount of disposable child face masks at each site for student use as needed.
        ○ The hallways and programming areas should be free and clear of groups of students.
Students are not transitioning, changing into dancewear, or going to the restrooms in
groups, eliminating the need for student gatherings. It is your responsibility to ensure that
this is strictly enforced. We have a duty and a responsibility to protect ourselves and the
students we serve.
         ○ Counselors are stationed in assigned classrooms with their assigned age group.
         ○ Counselors will facilitate the distribution of supplies and snacks while wearing disposable gloves                    provided by TAYB.
         ○ Teachers rotate to each classroom.
         ○ Teachers will remain visible to students with minimal movement towards the front of the
         room.
                    ■ We are working to provide microphones and speakers to each teacher so students
                    can hear you through your mask and shield.
                    ■ Microphones/speakers will not be shared among teachers. Each teacher will be
                    responsible for charging and bringing their microphone/speaker each day.
        ○ Desks are 3’3’’ feet apart
        ○ Personalized supply bags are separated and individually stored
                   ■ Supplies will be on site.
                   ■ We will not hand out paper worksheets, notebooks, or any writing utensils.
● Daily cleaning
        ○ Each site has a custodian dedicated to the daily cleaning and sanitizing of all spaces used
        during programming.
        ○ The counselor with the earliest shift will be responsible to ensure rooms are in good
         condition and to wipe down surfaces for extra precaution.
        ○ Tucker & Morningside & Moton
                 ■ Rooms that are not used exclusively by TAYB will need to be cleaned by a
                 counselor prior to students coming in. This means using the provided gloves, paper
                 towels and labeled spray bottles to both clean and sanitize surface areas used by
                 TAYB students and staff.
● Bathrooms
          ○ Bathroom stalls are limited to 2 students at a time.
          ○ If the classroom has a bathroom inside- students are to use only that bathroom and avoid
          leaving the classroom.
          ○ Students and staff are required to wash hands and use sanitizing wipes after each bathroom use.
          ○ Remind students to wash for a minimum of 20 seconds.
● Sanitizing
          ○ Sanitizing is disinfecting the surface. This is different from cleaning.
          ○ Each room is equipped with sanitizing surface wipes and sanitizing hand wipes. Even after
          students wash their hands, they need to also sanitize using hand sanitizer.
● Snacks
         ○ The cafeterias will be closed for our users across all 4 outreach sites.
         ○ All snacks and food will be served in each assigned room by our staff.
         ○ Each principal has pleaded with us to be careful to clean and sanitize all areas used for food service.
         ○ Clean gloves are to be worn while serving snacks.
● Outdoor Play
       ○ Outdoor play is limited to one age group at a time.
       ○ Students must remain in their assigned classrooms while waiting for parent pick up.
       ○ Outdoor play is limited to Fridays according to their scheduled times.
● Signing in/out
       ○ Counselors are allowed to sign in for each student present in their assigned group.
       ○ Sign out procedures vary by site. Each principal provided specific guidelines that we must
        respectfully adhere to in order to maintain positive ongoing relationships.
● Sanitize pens daily (Secure a storage space/place)
      ○ Follow the sign on the labeled pen holders and bins to ensure proper usage.
      ○ At the end of each programming day, counselors are required to sanitize all pens (with the provided            sanitizing liquid) used for sign-out by parents.
● COVID Symptoms
       ○ See isolation protocol and policies for students.

SUMMER CAMPS

During the summer, we offer an eight-week, all-day camp at all our Community Program sites. The dates and schedule for the summer program will be made available after spring break. Registration is on a first-come-first-serve basis. Spots are limited.

Summer camp activities include reading, meditation, art, music, ballet, tap, musical theater, hip hop, contemporary, flamenco, and West African dance,  and field trips. Early drop-off and late pick-up are available.

SUMMER CAMP SCHEDULE

2021 Summer camps will take place June 14th through August 6th

To register for the 2021 summer camp please go to the drop downs below and choose your location and age group.

Kindergarten and 1st graders registreation form.

2nd and 3rd graders registration form.

4th and 5th graders registration form.

Kindergarten and 1st graders registreation form.

2nd and 3rd graders registration form.

4th and 5th graders registration form.

Kindergarten and 1st graders registreation form.

2nd and 3rd graders registration form.

4th and 5th graders registration form.

Kindergarten and 1st graders registreation form.

2nd and 3rd graders registration form.

4th and 5th graders registration form.

AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS

Below please find the schedule and list of staff for each of the four community program sites. If you have any questions about the schedule or registration please contact Tessa@taballet.org

Robert Russa Moton Elementary School 
18050 Homestead Ave, Miami, FL 33157

Schedule 
Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday
Kindergarten – 1st Grade 2:30 PM – 6:00 PM
2nd through 3rd Grade – 3:30 PM – 6:45 PM
4th through 5th Grade – 3:30 Pm – 6:45 PM

Wednesday
Kindergarten – 1st Grade 2:30 PM – 6:15 PM
2nd through 3rd Grade – 2:30 PM – 6:15 PM
4th through 5th Grade – 2:30 Pm – 6:15 PM

Friday
Kindergarten – 1st Grade 2:30 PM – 5:45 PM
2nd through 3rd Grade – 3:30 PM – 6:30 PM
4th through 5th Grade – 3:30 PM – 6:30 PM

Staff
Jasmine Wilson, Site Director
Randy Jamison, Security
Lizett Delgado, Site Counselor
Kennisha Jackson, Site Counselor
Tamika George, Site Counselor
Janis Signorelli, Site Counselor
Shakira White, Academic Teacher
Anastasia Casimir, Academic Teacher

Frances S. Tucker Elementary
3500 Douglas Rd, Miami, FL 33133

Schedule 
Monday through Thursday
Kindergarten – 1st Grade 1:50 PM – 5:30 PM
2nd through 3rd Grade – 2:30 PM – 6:30 PM
4th through 5th Grade – 2:30 Pm – 6:30 PM

Friday
Kindergarten – 1st Grade 1:50 PM – 5:30 PM
2nd through 3rd Grade – 3:30 PM – 6:30 PM
4th through 5th Grade – 3:30 PM – 6:30 PM

Staff
Alma Miyares, Site Director
Lizzie Morreal, Security
Michael Scippio, Custodian
Karla Silva, Site Counselor
Felicia Green, Site Counselor
Lalesha Scipppio, Site Counselor
Zachary Tuttle, Academic Teacher
Tonya Barnes, Academic Teacher

Morningside K-8 Academy
6620 NE 5th Ave, Miami, FL 33138

Schedule 
Monday through Thursday
Kindergarten – 1st Grade 1:50 PM – 5:30 PM
2nd through 3rd Grade – 2:30 PM – 6:30 PM
4th through 5th Grade – 2:30 Pm – 6:30 PM

Friday
Kindergarten – 1st Grade 1:50 PM – 5:30 PM
2nd through 3rd Grade – 1:50 PM – 6:30 PM
4th through 5th Grade – 1:50 PM – 6:30 PM

Staff
Angemithe Privert, Site Director
Monticello Cooper, Security/Custodian
Jeanette Othello, Site Counselor
LaToika James, Site Counselor
Rony Polisaintvil, Site Counselor
Marjorie Desvallons, Site Counselor
Monica Asencio, Academic Teacher
Ann Olivier, Academic Teacher

Miami Gardens Elementary School
4444 NW 195th Street, Miami Gardens, FL 33055

Schedule 
Monday through Thursday
Kindergarten – 1st Grade 1:50 PM – 5:30 PM
2nd through 3rd Grade – 2:30 PM – 6:30 PM
4th through 5th Grade – 2:30 Pm – 6:30 PM

Friday
Kindergarten – 1st Grade 1:50 PM – 6:30 PM
2nd through 3rd Grade – 1:50 PM – 6:30 PM
4th through 5th Grade – 1:50 Pm – 6:30 PM

Monday – Thursday, Activities Include: Homework, dance, reading, and snacks Friday, Activities Include: Free play, dance, and enrichment

Site Staff
Ana Guzman, Site Supervisor
Jazie Barnes, Security Guard/Custodian
Hilda Navarez, Counselor
Chantal Etienne, Site Counselor
Charles Bradford, Site Counselor
Rafiah Hamid, Site Counselor
Joanne Nesbitt, Tap Teacher

Dance Teachers
Jamal Campbell, Musical Theater
Kelly Robotham, Ballet, Contemporary, and Hip Hop
Natalie Axley, Ballet and Jazz
Leonardo Alvarez, Musical Theater
Angelica Diaz, Ballet
Natasha Williams, Ballet
Scarlett Quinto, Hip Hop

Administrative Staff
Ruth Wiesen, Executive Director
Camila Gil, Associate Executive Director
Tessa McDonald, Director of Community Programs

MEASURING PROGRESS

Armour Dance Theatre tracks the impact of its Community Programs by collecting and analyzing student progress throughout the school year and summer weeks.

Armour Dance Theatre’s staff are trained on how to properly use evidence-based tools and conduct assessments three times per year and two times during the summer weeks.
Evaluation Tools include:

• The Classroom Skills Assessment Checklist. This TAYB tool is based on our syllabus and will follow the monthly progress of basic skills and benchmarks to be achieved in ballet, modern, and tap classes.

• The Americans for the Arts, YouthARTS assessment tool. YouthARTS is an evidence-based program used to assess the summer programming at the So Miami site.

• PACER Fitness Test to measure physical fitness.

• iSteep Maze and ORF assessments to measure reading comprehension and oral reading fluency and oral reading fluency.

• Parent and student satisfaction surveys for evaluation of general programming and family engagement events.

IMPACT

We measure the progress of our students through a pre, mid, and post-test, during the school yea,r and through the pre and post-test during the summer. We track the progress in the areas of reading comprehension and oral fluency, physical fitness, and social-emotional learning.

Below are the outcomes of the 2019-2020 school year across all four sites.

STUDENTS TESTING AT GRADE LEVEL IN ORAL READING FLUENCY (K-2nd GRADE) 

Pre-Test (August 2019)
Post Test (May 2020)

STUDENTS TESTING AT GRADE LEVEL IN ORAL READING FLUENCY (3rd-5th) 

Pre-Test (August 2019)
Post Test (May 2020)

STUDENTS WHO IMPROVE FITNESS COMPARED TO THEIR PRE-TEST SCORE

All grade levels