Dance Another World

Inspirational Austin dance company teaches English through movement

Inspirational Austin dance company teaches English through movement

Editor's note: CultureMap is proud to present the latest installment in our partnership with KLRU's documentary series Arts in Context. This unique series celebrates stories about the arts in Austin and the people who make this such a vibrant and creative city.

As a non-native and non-English-speaking girl in America, the world can be a scary place. Dance Another World strives to empower young females with an English immersion program taught through dance. Helping refugees and students from low socioeconomic communities, the program teaches girls storytelling techniques with English as the basis of communication. Students gain confidence by expressing their thoughts and feelings through creative movement. Founded by trained ballerina Dawn Mann, Dance Another World provides a safe environment for girls to learn to respect their bodies, minds, and communities.

KLRU-TV, Austin PBS is dedicated to telling stories that entertain, inspire, and change our lives. KLRU highlights what makes Austin unique — whether music, arts, or public issues — by creating and distributing award-winning original content. KLRU produces several series including Austin City Limits, Arts in Context, Central Texas Gardener, Civic Summit, and Overheard With Evan Smith. As a nonprofit educational organization, KLRU also prepares children to succeed in school and creates lifelong learning opportunities for all.

KLRU PBS Arts in Context Dance Another World students Egyptian dance
Dance Another World is a unique English immersion program. Photo courtesy of KLRU-TV
KLRU PBS Arts in Context Dance Another World student face painting makeup
A student gets her face painted before performing. Photo courtesy of KLRU-TV
KLRU PBS Arts in Context Dance Another World students Dawn Mann
Founder Dawn Mann poses with a student. Photo courtesy of KLRU-TV
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"Keep the World Dancing," is the motto for Dance Another World. Photo courtesy of KLRU-TV
KLRU PBS Arts in Context Dance Another World students Egyptian dance
KLRU PBS Arts in Context Dance Another World student face painting makeup
KLRU PBS Arts in Context Dance Another World students Dawn Mann
KLRU PBS Arts in Context Dance Another World students street