UPDATE: The Spring Break Singing and Dance Camp has been moved to March 19-24. Location stays the same. Register for FREE now!
By Darla Shelden
City Sentinel Newspaper
OKLAHOMA CITY, OK -Stop the Violence (STV) OKC will host its 9th annual Spring Break Singing and Dance Camp from March 12 – 17. The program will take place Monday through Saturday at Douglass High School, 900 N. Martin Luther King Blvd. from 6 – 9 p.m.
The camp serves as a way to introduce young people to Stop the Violence in a week-long collaborative and safe environment. The itinerary includes a variety of dance techniques and terminology, as well as leadership workshops. The program will feature several guest speakers from the community.
The STV camp experience is designed to help students enhance their creative abilities and become well rounded performers and leaders. Instruction is differentiated based on skill level. Beginner to advance performers are welcome.
“We realize that this is just one avenue toward a solution to the plight of our youth,” said Kuinten Rucker, chairman and founder of Stop the Violence. “We believe in long-term plans, cooperating businesses, charitable organizations, community churches, state and local governing bodies working together with one goal in mind… our youth.
“We want to alter their paths of violence and show them the positive. We care,” Rucker stated.
The camp features Dance, Singing and Violence Prevention programs for children ages 6-18, which are entirely free and open to the public. STV will provide food and snacks for the children during the duration of the program.
There will be daily instruction in jazz, modern and hip hop techniques. skills. The program will culminate with a public performance at the end of the week.
Since its inception in 2010, the STV Singing and Dance Camp program has reached thousands of youth across the state of Oklahoma.
Stop the Violence, a 501(c)3 non-profit, supports all efforts that lead toward better education aiding in the prevention and elimination of violence and the emotional scars it leaves with children and adults.
STV strives to promote personal growth and leadership development through programs such as resume writing workshops, job readiness workshops, sports, dance and choir camps, educational awareness, and music programs.
The organization’s efforts have benefited schools and organizations including Wilson Elementary; Douglass, Millwood, and Star Spencer High Schools; Miss Black Oklahoma USA; Langston University and the Urban League Back to School Bash.
“Stop the Violence is growing rapidly with the ever increasing need for change in our community,” Rucker added. “We have found a way to combat the senseless violence by targeting our youth.
“Our true goal is to give the youth alternatives to make better choices for their future,” he said. “We need the continued support of the community to make this possible.”
Mark your calendars for June 23, when the 3rd annual STV Bands on the Run 5K will take place along Lake Hefner Trails in Oklahoma City. The race will feature popular bands playing along the course. Proceeds go to benefit all Stop the Violence programs.
To register for these events or to donate, call 405-326-3621. For more information, visit stoptheviolenceok.com.