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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.

To support free after school Community Programs, use the button below.

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

AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS

Below please find the schedule and list of staff for each of the four community program sites. To register click your desired location and click register in your age group. If you have any questions about the schedule or registration please contact Tessa@armourdance.org

Miami Heights Elementary School 
17661 SW 117th Ave, Miami, FL 33177

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

Registration
To register for Kindergarten/First grade click the button below.

To register for 2nd/3rd grade click the button below.

To register 4th/5th grade click the button below.

Staff
Alma Miyares, Site Director
Karla Silva, K – 1st Grade Site Counselor
Felicia Green, 2nd – 3rd Grade Site Counselor
Stephanie DaVila, 4th – 5th Grade Site Counselor
Zachary Tuttle, Reading Teacher
Tamara Crider, Homework Teacher

Pine Villa Elementary School 
21799 SW 117th Ct, Miami, FL 33170

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

Registration
To register for Kindergarten/First grade click the button below.

To register for 2nd/3rd grade click the button below.

To register 4th/5th grade click the button below.

Staff
Naomi Wilson, Site Director
Phedge Franck, K-1st grade Site Counselor
Kagero Percival, 2nd – 3rd Site Counselor
Nicole Nieto, 4th – 5th Site Counselor
Shakira White, Reading Teacher
Tia Brown, Homework 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

Registration
To register for Kindergarten/First grade click the button below.

To register for 2nd/3rd grade click the button below.

To register for 4th/5th grade click the button below.

Staff
Jeannette Othello, Site Director
Selena Domosthene, K-1st grade Site Counselor
Rose Dorcely, 2nd – 3rd grade Site Counselor
LaToika James, 4th – 5th grade Site Counselor
Rose Blot, Reading Teacher
Monica Asencio, Homework 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

Registration
To register for Kindergarten/First grade click the button below.

To register for 2nd/3rd grade click the button below.

To register for 4th/5th grade click the button below.

Site Staff
Ana Guzman, Site Director
Brianna Noel, K-1st grade Site Counselor
Abigail Ortiz, 2nd – 3rd grade Site Counselor
Sanya Clarke, 4th – 5th grade Site Counselor
Rafiah Hamid, Reading Teacher
Wendy Espraza, Homework 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

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

2022 Summer camps will take place June 13th through August 5th

To register for the 2022 summer camp please go to the drop downs below and choose your location and age group.

Moton Summer Schedule

Late Pick Up Policy

Kindergarten and 1st graders registreation form.

2nd and 3rd graders registration form.

4th and 5th graders registration form.

Pine Villa Summer Schedule

Late Pick Up Policy

Kindergarten and 1st graders registration form.

2nd and 3rd graders registration form.

4th and 5th graders registration form.

Morningside Summer Schedule

Late Pick Up Policy

Kindergarten and 1st graders registration form.

2nd and 3rd graders registration form.

4th and 5th graders registration form.

Miami Gardens Summer Schedule

Late Pick Up Policy

Kindergarten and 1st graders registreation form.

2nd and 3rd graders registration form.

4th and 5th graders registration form.

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