A recent grant from Target is making summer programs more affordable and available to more dancers at the Phoenix Dance Cooperative in Ahwatukee Foothills.

The $5,000 grant will be used to provide scholarships for students who cannot afford the programs and will help keep costs low for all students.

“This money is very important,” said Jaime Molera, board member at Phoenix Dance Cooperative. “One of the things we try to do is recognize the fact that dance is not an expensive proposition. Folks commit a lot of their hard earned money to put their kids in dance studios. As a nonprofit we wanted to do two things: We wanted to get the highest quality of dance instructors that we could, and we do, but also make it so that it’s as affordable as possible... Nowadays it’s hard to make ends meet in a lot of ways. We want to make sure we’re providing a great service at a reasonable price.”

Phoenix Dance Cooperative (PDC) is operated by parents of dancers. It was started in 2011.

Thanks to the grant, the studio has summer programs scheduled for June and July.

“Phoenix Dance Cooperative members are very appreciative of Target’s generosity and investment in our local community,” said Mike Farmer, a board member. “This grant will support dance education, local artists, and our families of the Greater Phoenix area. As a qualified 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, PDC is uniquely positioned to partner with our corporate community to invest in the development of our children. Target’s recognition of PDC’s community spirit directly supports our mission.”

Target has a long history of giving 5 percent of its profits to communities. The company is on track to give $1 billion for education by the end of 2015.

PDC’s summer programs cover a broad range of dance from hip-hop to contemporary and tumbling, all in one week. For more information on the programs, visit http://phoenixdancecooperative.com/summer-dance.

“It’s nice for me to let her do what she may not have gotten a chance to try during the regular season,” said Sydney Sterling, whose daughters have taken part in the summer programs for the past few years. “She can try something out and see if she likes it rather than enrolling her in an entire class. Overall, it’s just such an awesome place. It’s very family friendly and all the kids have a great time. The instructors have a way of teaching great technique, but doing it in such a fun way.”

• Contact writer: (480) 898-7914 or ahurtado@ahwatukee.com.

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