(Self-esteem, Empowerment and Education through Dance)
Pomegranate SEEDs is an after school program, established by Founder/Director Myra Krien in 2001 to present to youth the finest instruction in Middle Eastern Arts along with programming that promotes self-discovery and self-actualization, provides mentorship at a very high level and prepares young women for Independence.
To mentor young women in order to create healthy and strong individuals who are socially and fiscally responsible to themselves and their community. This is accomplished through the vehicle of dance, specifically American Tribal Style (ATS®) dance, talking circles, journal writing and presentations.
The program accepts 25 teen girls (13 to 18 years old) in the Santa Fe community for one academic year of after-school classes, 1 1/2 hours each, three times per week. They are taught the elements of American Tribal Style® dance, a rich, diverse, artistic, cultural dance form that spans the regions of India, the Middle East, North Africa and Spain and its expression through the varied and complex music of these same cultures. The girls also participate in talking circles and journal writing during which they discuss issues affecting them. Each girl identifies a personal goal that she would like to achieve during the course of the program. Guest speakers cover a wide range of topics from nutrition and body awareness to financial education, etc. Many successful women of various fields that are of particular interest to the girls, address the girls each week. There are four Student Salons (student performances) each session. Entrance into the program does not depend on demonstrated talent, standard beauty, or ability to pay the fees the program would require.
For each girl –
- To find her own voice and be able to listen to it.
- To have better self-esteem and confidence.
- To be able to plan and achieve goals, generate choices, create options,
- resources and support.
- To be ready to face financial independence.
- To have respect, appreciation and be able to care for her own body.
- To respect, appreciate and be able to care for others in community.
- To respect and appreciate diversity and culture.
Founder/ Director/ Master Teacher – Myra Krien
Master Teacher Pomegranate SEEDs – Mollie Kelly