The Arts

Celebrating 25 years of girls’ empowerment
Beyond dance moves

By Leslie Weeden / November–December 2021
November 1st, 2021
Image of Abby McCreath with Groove With Me dance student
PHOTO: courtesy abby mccreath ’94

When Abby (Rosin) McCreath ’94 graduated from Brown with a degree in women’s health care, her passion was “preventing domestic abuse, gang involvement, pimping, depression,” she wrote in an email. In 1996 she started Groove With Me, a free dance school and youth development nonprofit, beginning with three girls on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. Now based in Harlem, with some 40 volunteer dance instructors teaching more than 350 girls each year, class offerings include ballet, modern, jazz, tap, salsa, Polynesian, and Afro-beat, and girls perform in a year-end recital at the United Palace Theater. Beyond dance moves, the program aims to instill discipline, pride, self-confidence, and leadership and create a safe place for girls to be—and belong—after school. “It is beyond my wildest dreams that we have grown so big,” McCreath wrote in a statement. “I hope that each child carries her time here in her heart and believes in herself as she forges a bright future.”

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