WHAT IS LIBERATE ARTISTS?
Liberate Artists is a dance and performing arts organization that builds confidence and promotes social growth in young people. We create magical and momentous dance experiences and performances in brave, inclusive, non-competitive environments that remind everyone that YOU ARE ENOUGH, exactly as you are, in the skin and body you are in. We are not a dance competition or convention (though we do support the dance competitions and conventions that are safe, equitable, and inclusive) and we kindly ask you to leave the competitiveness at the door.
WHAT DO YOU MEAN YOU'RE NOT A CONVENTION OR COMPETITION?
Here at Liberate Artists, we create non-competitive environments. We believe all dancers thrive when given the opportunity to! We welcome all dancers to participate in our safe, equitable, and inclusive environment.
WHAT IS FOCUS?
Focus is the ultimate commercial dance experience for dancers 12 - 18 interested in exploring professional dance in Los Angeles. At Focus dancers are encouraged to embrace their individuality while collaborating with their fellow unit members, from all over North America. Participants train with the hottest commercial dancers and industry professionals, audition and shoot an original music video (with a professional recording artist), and form connections and friendships that will last a lifetime. This experience concludes with a red carpet video premiere, starring you.
WHAT SCHOLARSHIPS ARE AVAILABLE?
We believe dance education is for all, no matter your level of economic freedom, so here at Liberate Artists we provide a variety of scholarships to families. For Focus, we offer $750 scholarships. At the closing showcase, The Premiere, we award additional scholarships which include $500 scholarships to Phoenix Fire, our NYC based based experience, LADC Invites, partial scholarships to Velocity Dance Convention, among others, just to name a few!
HOW DOES MY DANCER WIN A SCHOLARSHIP?
We award scholarships in a variety of ways. One way to receive a scholarship is by attending Phoenix Fire or Focus. We also award scholarships at our in-studio experiences, through your home studio, and at dance competitions.
WHERE IS FOCUS 2023?
Focus 2023 will take place at Loyola Marymount University (LMU). 1 LMU Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90045
WHEN IS FOCUS 2023?
Focus 2023 is July 7th - 12th, 2023
ARE THERE ANY OTHER ADDED EXPENSES AT FOCUS FOR MY DANCER BESIDES MY REGISTRATION FEE?
All dancers are required to purchase a mandatory Focus t-shirt which is $40. We also ask dancers to provide costumes for the music video however, we are a “shop your closet” organization, meaning the items we ask for are things you can typically find in your closet or perhaps borrow from a family member or a friend. Additional add on items may be purchased including Closing Show tickets, Cabaret tickets, Photo/Video Package, Observation Passes, and Merch.
WHAT IS THE DEEA SAFETY TIPLINE?
We partner with our sibling organization, Dance Education Equity Association, to ensure that our experiences are always growing to be safer, more equitable, and more inclusive. Our teaching artists go through training to reduce the risk of harm and we utilize the DEEA Safety Tipline as a resource for safety. It’s an anonymous (if you’d like) tipline where folks can submit any instances of harm they may have endured at a Liberate Artists experience. This tipline was created to reduce the risk of harm from bullying, racism, discrimination, othering, and abuse of any kind. We’ve implemented policies, inspired by transformative justice practices, to work with students who have been harmed and/or causing harm. For more information click here, or you can reach us at (213) 667-0125.