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Ballroom Basix “BASH” comes to Atlantic City Boys & Girls Club Apr. 22: Fun, Fancy Footwork, Manners, and More

The Boys & Girls Club of Atlantic City will have special visitors Thurs., Apr. 22. Sidney Grant, also as known as Dr. Dance, and Ballroom Basix USA (BBX) dance teachers will meet the Boys & Girls Club members they have been teaching virtually for the last six weeks in person.

Ballroom Basix USA, first launched by Mr. Grant in Harlem, NY in 2008, is an arts-in-education program that uses the fundamentals of Ballroom, Latin & Line dancing to enhance the educational, social and physical skills of all students served. The program teaches etiquette, kindness, inclusiveness, and manners through the tool of dance by using verbal and physical courtesies every class. Their motto is “Making manners matter…every move we make!” 

The students have been practicing several dances in virtual sessions. They learned much more than steps; they learned the history of the featured dances, the origin of the dance, and more. At the Ballroom Basix Bash on Apr. 22nd, the students will demonstrate their new skills, performing the Merengue, Swing, Rhumba, the Barn Dance, and a special pandemic dance created to teach safety during these Covid-19 times — a fun and unique parody of the 1990s Macarena named the Macoronarena. The Macoronarena was created as a way to remind kids  and educators of the vital importance of social distancing and wearing masks through dance.

The program was brought to the Boys & Girls Club of Atlantic City by Cooper Levenson, Attorneys at Law, who has worked with Grant of Ballroom Basix on other initiatives, including American Heart Association programs.

The Ballroom Basix “BASH”, the culminating event of the program, will be an outdoor celebration at each of the Boys and Girls Club locations — 2:30 p.m. at the Chelsea Club and at 3:30 p.m. at the Drexel Club. Friends and family are welcome. Social distancing, mask wearing and health protocols must be observed.

About the Boys & Girls Club: Mission: Provide a world-class Club Experience that assures success is within reach of every young person who enters our doors, with all members on track to graduate from high school with a plan for the future, demonstrating good character and citizenship, and living a healthy lifestyle.

About Ballroom Basix USA: Incorporated in 2011, BALLROOM BASIX USA, Inc. is dedicated to empowering and educating children, through the tool of dance, emphasizing the importance of kindness, etiquette, inclusiveness, and manners. The program has touched more than 20,000 young lives in 100+ NYC schools with their non-competitive syllabus and methodology.

About Cooper Levenson: Cooper Levenson, Attorneys at Law is a full service law firm, originally formed in 1957 with two attorneys. The firm has since grown to 70 attorneys and offices in five states – New Jersey, New York, Delaware, Florida, and Nevada.

For more information, contact Renate Taylor rtaylor@acbgc.org or (856) 912-5859

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