Can you tell us about your QAF funded project?

Free Sunday Performing Arts is a program created and curated by Salvatore LaRussa the Artistic Director of Salvatore LaRussa Dance Theatre. It is a program that has brought the Middle Village/ Queens and surrounding communities a FREE performance series of Dance and Theater. It will take place this year on June 5th and 12th, 2016 at 6 PM, 66-85 73 Place Middle Village, NY 11379.

How do you think this project will impact the community?

The program will educate and help understand the art of Dance and Theater to the community for FREE. The program will also educate the community about the history and the future of Dance and Theater. The program will also foster and host new emerging choreographers and dance/ theater companies to plate form and show case their companies.

How has QCA been helpful in the grant process?

QCA has in the pass been a great contribute to the program/ festival. They have provided not only the expenses of the program but also the artistes pay.

Here is your chance, what do you want everyone to know about your organization?

 Salvatore LaRussa Dance Co, Inc. is humbly submitting this letter as a proposal for potential funding for our new nonprofit community-based dance school, Salvatore LaRussa Dance Theatre -The Academy, located in Middle Village, Queens.   Salvatore LaRussa Dance Co, Inc. was established in the fall of 2003 and formally incorporated by New York State, receiving Non-Profit 501(c) (3) status in the summer of 2004.  SLD - The Academy’s mission is to offer professional dance instruction and arts education to a diverse income area that is lacking in arts, cultural and community activity.

SLD is a performing modern dance company promoting greater awareness and appreciation for dance. As an extension of the company, SLD - The Academy serves as a permanent home allowing the company to better the artistic, creative and educational needs of the Queens/community. The Academy is a long-term, innovative, exploratory learning center for children, parents and adults that will bring the joy of dance to the community. The Academy teaches the art of ballet and modern dance. In addition, it fosters opportunities for active and healthier lifestyles by engaging the community with alternative recreational activities, such as creative movement classes for young children and dance/ theater classes for all ages.