Leap of Joy

               

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Since 2010, we have impacted over 1,500 children in Texas Title 1 schools in Austin, Tx. Through ACE & Prime Time grants, City of Austin, TCOA, Target, A Glimmer of Hope and donations we are able to provide our program at no charge to our families. 

"At Leap of Joy our mission is to build self confidence; celebrate differences, instead of judging others;  provide a place to feel safe and to be free, to have a moment to shine and feel amazing, and above all else to learn about dance".

- Judy Richardson, Founder

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Testimonials

Veronica Villarreal, Site Coordinator, Harris Elementary

"Leap of Joy has not only provided a life-long skill to our young students,  but has developed a very strong working relationship with them."

John Shanks, Project Director, ACE Austin, Austin Independent School District.

"Leap of Joy is an outstanding partner.  The instructors are well trained and the curriculum is developmentally appropriate and engaging.  Leap of Joy staff go the extra mile in providing a high quality fine arts experience for our youth."

Ramona Conner, Foster Parent

"My girls are my permanent foster children that without this program would be still struggling on ways to effectively express themselves and gain self esteem that had been lost due to extreme post traumatic stress, being abused and neglected.  The girls have flourished and really enjoyed these classes."

Christina Culverhouse, Parent

"Leap of Joy has provided an opportunity for our daughter to grow, learn and develop skills for life. It is safe, fun and engaging on many levels and provides the space for children to come together, learn a new art, make friends and grow with a community of learning. We couldn't be more grateful."

Joel Delatorre, Site Coordinator, Hart Elementary

"Thank you so much for your devotion and consistency with our after-school students. Students who were not expected to have interest in dance and musical theater have requested admittance to the classes and have shown continued participation with positive attitudes."

Jatziriz, student

"I love Leap of Joy because they became my 2nd family. Thanks to them I don't feel alone sometimes. Thank you so much!!!!!!"

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