Tampa, Fla. – The University Area Community and Development Corporation (University Area CDC) will present showcases by Prodigy students throughout six Florida counties during the month of April, in celebration of Prodigy’s 15th anniversary and Prodigy Celebration Month.
Youth ages seven to 17 from the University Area CDC’s Prodigy Cultural Arts Programs in Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco, Polk, Osceola and Orange counties will perform dance pieces in these free events. In addition to the dances, young musicians will perform on drums and guitar, and visual art by Prodigy students will be on display.
Performance dates include:
April 2, 2 p.m. at FICS Town ‘n’ Country Commons, 7606 Paula Dr., Tampa, FL 33615
April 9, 5 p.m. at Oasis Community Church, 3330 Winter Lake Rd., Lakeland 33803
April 16, 2 p.m. at SouthShore Regional Library, 15816 Beth Shields Way, Ruskin 33573
April 16, 4 p.m. at Girls Inc., 1220 West Highland St. Lakeland 33815
April 19, 7 p.m. at Orlando Shakespeare Theatre, 812 E. Rollins St., Orlando 32803
April 23, 6 p.m. at Osceola Arts, 2411 E. Irlo Bronson Memorial Hwy, Kissimmee 34744
April 25, 6 p.m. at Boys and Girls Club of Lacoochee, 38724 Mudcat Grant, Lacoochee 33537
April 27, 5:30 p.m. at St. Leo University, 33701 State Road 52, St. Leo 33574
April 28, 5:45 p.m. at Brandon Boys and Girls Club, 213 N. Knights Ave., Brandon 33510
April 28, 6 p.m. at Childs Park YMCA, 691 43rd St. S, St. Petersburg 33711
April 29, 6 p.m. at Champions Church, 1801 Havendale Blvd., Winter Haven 33881
April 30, 12 p.m. at University Area CDC Park and Pavilion, 14013 N. 22nd St., 33613
The Prodigy Cultural Arts Program uses an innovative approach to empower, educate and enable at-risk youth, providing a doorway to a better world. Youth ages 7 to 17 experience performing and visual arts, taught as a tool for self-expression, to learn communication, exploration, problem solving, and conflict resolution skills.
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Established in 2000, Prodigy is achieving its mission of transforming lives. With the championing of Sen. Victor Crist, generous funding from the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice and leadership of the University Area CDC, the program now reaches across seven counties, has 13 partner sites and has spread to 45 programming locations. In 2015 alone, more than 3,400 youth experienced the benefits of Prodigy.
University Area CDC is a 501(c)(3) public/private partnership whose mission is children and family development, crime prevention and commerce growth. Its primary focus is the redevelopment and sustainability of the at-risk areas surrounding the Tampa campus of the University of South Florida. More information about University Area CDC is online at www.uacdc.org and by calling 813.558.5212.