Shine a light On Our Stars

The “Shine a light on our Stars” is a K.I.D.S.’ project with The Francesca Arkin’s Stage School, Dublin 1

K.I.D.S. is delighted to work with its first Dublin based community partner, The Francesca Arkin’s Stage School in Dublin 1.  The partnership’s is to work together to achieve three goals:  To collaborate in the promotion of these amazing dancers and stage artists, secure access for these dancers to perform in a Dublin Theatre and to fund required lighting equipment and control station for the stage school.  The school provides access to up to 140 children in the local area to dance classes for up to five times a week where children are encouraged to grow in confidence, dance skills and have lots of fun.  The school is operated on the principle that each child is a star and they can shine in their own unique and amazing way.

So what does the project involve?

K.I.D.S. will network with its supporters and friends to gain access to the Dublin Theatre Scene to allow the members of the stage school to perform in a Dublin theatre, with the funds raised from the event and another event created by the Swing Dance Scene in Dublin, going back into the projects budget, to purchase a new lighting system for the Stage School in their HQ in the Lourdes Day Community Centre in Dublin 1.

About the Francesca Arkin’s Stage School:

The Francesca Arkins dance & stage academy absolutely love to perform, dance, sing & act.  With over 140 amazing children attending classes the school provides weekly classes and an annual show to showcase their amazing talents.  The mission of the school and its teachers and supporters is to be an inspiration to their children and to make them understand that everyone is talented no matter what others might say, they all have unique qualities that need to shine through and the main rule of the dance school is to have fun.

There is a fee at the stage school, but a very small one and children can attend all the classes in the week if they wish.  The stage school is not a funded club and what the school has created in the last fifteen years is due to hard work, community support and an insatiable drive of the founder Francesca Arkin’s to have the best stage school for her performers.

Project Inputs: Resources secured by either KIDS and/or the receiving partner and any costs that could be donated or fund raised by a kids supporter is sought before funds are invested

A budget of €2’000 has been allocated to this project

Proposed Project Outcomes

-       Access to a Dublin Theatre for the student’s to ‘Shine’ in a commercial theatre

-       Funding for new lighting for stage

-       Funding for new control box for school off stage

-       Confirmed future stage event for the stage school


The Stage Event:

‘Festive Fun For a Fiver’ in December 2012 at The Gaiety Theatre  was an amazing success with over sixty of the stage academy getting to perform in a cabaret show with all proceeds raised going back into the lighting fund.

The Lighting & Control Panel for Stage HQ

The Gaiety Theatre Technical Director, Matthew McCloskey, undertakes to design and install the new stage lighting and control panel, with help from another lighting technical Philip and seek funding from a Dublin based lighting company to supply some of the required kit at cost or as a donation.

Then the Dublin Swing Scene take up the challenge to raise the remaining funds required with the generous support of international teachers Joseph Sewell & Charlotte Middlemass of Jiveswing who offer their services free of charge to run a dance workshop weekend and social event with all proceeds going to the lighting fund.

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