Impact Polk grant through the George W. Jenkins Fund within the GiveWell Community Foundation

Florida Dance Theatre provided a free program for underprivileged and at risk students who may never have the opportunity to experience the art of dance. The “Chance to Dance” program, funded by an Impact Polk 2017 grant through the George W. Jenkins Fund within the GiveWell Community Foundation, consists of a summer dance camp and the chance for a season scholarship for training at the Academy of Florida Dance Theatre.

The program is designed to help students gain self confidence; develop communication and social skills; explore their own abilities; and understand the discipline, dedication, and physicality necessary while in a safe and secure environment. They discover a new and fun way to exercise and the importance of physical fitness. Students also learn to appreciate the art of dance and how the arts can play an important part in their daily lives as well as their future.

About Impact Polk 2017

Impact Polk is an annual grant program of the GiveWell Community Foundation with the goal of addressing community needs throughout Polk County. Learn more about Impact Polk

About Florida Dance Theatre

Florida Dance Theatre, recognizing the importance of artistic influence on the development and growth of our children and community, strives to increase awareness and appreciation of dance as a living art form and to produce works of high artistic quality in a wide variety of styles. To learn more about Florida Dance Theatre, visit