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Through Hip-Hop and Dance, This Nonprofit Teaches Girls of Color How to Code


The weekly danceLogic classes offered by Philadelphias West Park Cultural Center include one hour of dance instruction and practice, followed by an hour of coding in an effort to promote science, technology, engineering, the arts, and math (STEAM).

Credit: Heather Kalifa

The danceLogic program is offered by Philadelphia’s West Park Cultural Center, a nonprofit that aims to provide affordable activities for children over the summer and after school.

The weekly classes include one hour of dance instruction and practice, followed by an hour of coding in an effort to promote science, technology, engineering, the arts, and math (STEAM).

The idea for danceLogic came to founder Betty Lindley in 2001 after she read an article about a teacher in New York who brought her background of technology and dance together.

Lindley knew Franklyn Athias of Comcast Cable spent his Saturday mornings teaching free coding classes, and she approached him about partnering for danceLogic. Said Athias, "My view is if you can train them younger, we can get them into this program and one day they either become programmers or something in the technology field."

From Philadelphia Inquirer
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