Studio & Theater
Fostering young men to be leaders who model direction, drive and dedication for future generations through family, community and career success.
Our mission is to meet with young men at least one hour per week in a small group environment using dance, drumming, sports, motivational speakers and small group activities to facilitate development of life skills and leadership.
Our Goal: We aim to foster…
Inner-Motivation/Self-Discipline: The ability to be self-driven and be the master of our own destiny. The ability to control one’s feelings and overcome weaknesses through creating positive habits and goals. Reliance on own powers and resources, rather than those of others.
Being Grounded: Stable, sincere and practical. Able to act calmly in a crisis. Being humble and acting with humility in every day life.
Compassion: Operating with empathy and understanding. Willing to see things from another’s point of view and wanting to understand and alleviate other’s suffering and pain.
Interpersonal Skills: Having the skills and ability to positively interact with people, regardless of their race, gender, beliefs or status.
Respect: Admiring and giving deference to others. Appreciating and embracing diversity. Never discounting or degrading others’ feelings, views and opinions.
Character: Having and demonstrating high moral qualities. Knowing yourself, accepting yourself as unique, and living authentically.
We accept 15 boys per class for one academic year of after school classes. Once per week, they are taught the elements of all percussion, sports and dance styles from around the world. These activities span the regions of the West through India, the Middle East, North Africa and Spain. The boys also participate in discussions that pertain to issues affecting them. Each boy identifies a personal goal that he would like to achieve during the course of the program. Guest speakers cover a wide range of topics from nutrition and body awareness to financial education, etc. Many successful men of various fields that are of particular interest to the boys address the boys each month. There are showcases for each school year session and opportunities to attend other events and festivals. Entrance into the program does not depend on demonstrated talent or the ability to pay the fees the program would require.
If you know a boy who loves to experience a wholistic and well rounded experience of life, may not have the required resources or opportunities and and may benefit from a positive peer group and community of mentors, this program will be the best thing that ever happened for him.
Richard Hazelwood is a MRI Technologist working as a MR Clinical Applications Specialist with Bracco Diagnostics Inc. He graduated from SUNY at Stony Brook/Regents College where he received a B.A. in Early Childhood Education. As a part of the Phi Beta Sigma fraternity he worked three years with the Boys and Girls Club as a mentor. After graduating he pursued and worked as a Kindergarten teacher for two years. In 1994, he decided to return to school for a career in Radiologic Technology. He received his certification in Radiologic Technology from Harlem Hospital/Columbia University School of Radiologic Technology. He Obtained his MBA from the American Intercontinental University in Healthcare Management. He is ARRT certified in Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Computed Tomography and Radiologic Technology. He has almost 20 years of experience in this field working as a Staff Technologist, Supervisor, Lead Tech, Manager and MR Applications Specialist in various hospitals and Clinics across the country. Richard has also worked as a church youth leader at Gospel Temple in Brooklyn, NY where he was responsible for church and outside activities with the youth member’s ages 7-14 years of age. He is a dynamic musician that has played the organ, piano, drums, bongos and congas for his High School chorus and band, college gospel choir, various churches and recently for the Esther Jackson Elementary School Chorus.
He has always had passion and a vision to be a partner with today’s youth and empower them to create their own individual, dynamic life plans, and support them in formulating and achieving their goals. To inspire positive change, leadership and character development; and to enable them to visualize their future clearly and identify and practice the behaviors needed to achieve their results and dreams. Serve as a resource to empower the youth and aid in the gain of confidence and self-advocacy skills.
Global Dance Studio & Theater