Connecting with Our Community

TRIP Dance Theatre's Arts Access program offers low-income students enrolled in Los Angeles area college, high school, after-school and elementary school arts programs the opportunity to attend high quality, professional performances by TRIP Dance Theatre and to participate in an accompanying dance or music master class at no charge.

We bring youth into the theater to see performances with other paying audience members, and invite them to bring along a parent or guardian as our guests. We hope not only to introduce professional theater to the student, but also to their families.

Our goal is to introduce the world of contemporary modern dance and music to people that wouldn't normally have the opportunity or choose to see live theatre. It is our hope that by participating in the Arts Access program, these young adults and their families will develop an interest in seeing more contemporary dance & music performances, discover new opportunities for expressing themselves or be inspired to pursue a career in the arts.

Need: Throughout Los Angeles, there are many students who are enrolled in college or high school dance classes, who are not, due to financial constraints and/or family incentive, exposed to live dance and music performances. They need assistance - to find out about the concert, to afford the concert, to deepen their experience through dialogue and participation. TRIP offers these students a window into the world of professional live theatre through its Arts Access program.


Goal: To expose low-income students who have an initial interest in dance and music to professional-level contemporary live performance; to provide an opportunity for the students to deepen their connection and de-mystify the process of creating the work through follow up workshops and discussion; to inspire some students to pursue careers in the arts; to open new possibilities of what kind of art is possible to make; to develop a future audience (the students & their families) for contemporary dance & music.

Sample Program: Tickets to TRIP Dance Theatre's Breath and Bone concert at Unknown Theatre in Hollywood in Spring, 2006 would be provided over a two week run. After seeing the performance, students will be invited to return to Unknown Theatre's facilities to participate in either an afternoon dance workshop run by artistic director Monica Favand or a music workshop run by music director Charlie Campagna, with support from TRIP's dancers and musicians. For example, students will learn some of the movement from certain pieces, will be invited and assisted to create their own choreography based on themes from the performance or will learn and experiment with some of the musical techniques used to create the music, including electronic looping and recording techniques. There will also be time for questions and discussion. These workshops could also be coordinated at the student's school.

You guys have inspired me in every way imaginable. This is the type of dancing and company that I would love to be a part of."-
- 14-year old student / LA County High School for the Arts

> read more quotes from arts access participants



TRIP Dance Theatre site (c) 2007 - Design/Artwork: Monica Favand Campagna - e: - Background incorporates photo by Ron Bartlett of Denesa Chan