The Lawrence Summer Dance Institute, in partnership with Jean Appolon Expressions, took place virtually this year with students tuning in from Lawrence and the Merrimack Valley, Maine, New Hampshire, Columbia, and Haiti! We are proud to continue this program and partnership and even more proud of our dancers who turned their homes into dance studios! During the first two weeks students ranging in age from 5-18, studied various types of dance, choreographic structures, dance history, and story telling. The last 4 weeks consisted of a pre-professional program with a small group of teens looking to take their dance training to the next level. The Summer Dance Institute engaged students and the community in important conversations related to racial awareness and racial injustice.