Our passion to share the transformative and healing benefits of modern dance with our community often takes us outside of our studio walls. Over the last few years, Frame dance has been working with the Houston Area Women’s Centeran organization that helps and supports survivors of domestic and sexual violence. Our program, led by clinical psychologist and dance educator Maribel Plasencia, offers kids going through very challenging and unstable times in their lives an opportunity to express themselves and connect with others through art.

During the hour they spend with our team each day, they get to forget about their circumstances and play, create, and enjoy each other in a safe and welcoming environment. We are thoughtful about our music choices, about personal space, and about the props we bring in. We also leave extra space for exploration, always looking for moments of engagement, choice, discovery, and connection. Our goal is to help each child be centered and present in their body and provide a creative outlet through which to build confidence, resilience, and self worth.

You can listen to Maribel speak about the impactful work we do at HAWC in the video below:

Encouraged by the positive response we’ve received from HAWC staff and participants of the program, we’re excited to expand our offering in 2024. Our fundraising goal of $5000 will enable us to:

  • Increase the number of classes offered to children during the year
  • Begin working with adults at the center
  • Develop and offer a teacher training to equip dance artists to lead this type of trauma-informed work at HAWC and other community centers.

To continue doing this meaningful work, we rely on the generous contributions of our community. If you’d like to support Frame Dance at HAWC, please consider making a tax-deductible donation through the link below:

Donation button to support Frame Dance education at Houston Area Women's Center