The Leading Education Arts Program (L.E.A.P) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization under Umbiance Center for the Performing Arts. L.E.A.P was established in 2015, to make a positive change in the lives of young people through the discipline of the performing arts in the Fredericksburg, Spotsylvania and Stafford, Virginia area.
"Beyond The Dance Floor"
"Healing hearts through the Arts"
Our mission is to build a supportive artistic educational environment where students from all backgrounds can develop to the best of their abilities through integrity and goodwill regardless of financial status or physical abilities. We nourish the hearts and minds of the youth and their families by hosting events, creative dance and theater workshops/classes for communities in low income areas.
We have a 360-degree integrative approach to each child's development, to help our students become the best version of themselves.
Each year L.E.A.P hosts affordable community events such as our annual Father & Daughter Ball or Mother and Son Ball.
We continue to partner with local schools and organizations by serving as mentors and introducing Elementary, Middle and High School students to the performance arts.
We are seeking your support for L.E.A.P with donations or sponsorship to raise $25,000 toward our annual fundraising campaign. All proceeds will go into our L.E.A.P General Fund, which will support the following, 2021 L.E.A.P goals:
1.) Host a summer program, whereby, we can serve at least 20 at-risk students and 8 special needs students.
2.) Continue to partner with local schools and organizations by serving as mentors and introducing Elementary, Middle and High School students to the performance arts.
3.) Our programs will be greatly reduced or free for underrepresented families who may not have the financial resources to avoid summer camps.
4.) Award 8 students from our After School programs a scholarship to receive additional training at other prestigious performing arts schools and/or programs throughout the Fredericksburg and Stafford communities.
5.) Host affordable community events such as our annual Father & Daughter Ball or Mother and Son Ball.
WITH A PASSION TO SERVE
Through community partnerships around the Fredericksburg/Stafford, VA area, L.E.A.P strives to share its high-level co-curricular and specialized art education programs with the community each year. L.E.A.P's programs inspire families through the joy of dance, music, art and theater as they’re given something positive to focus on, specific goals to attain, a sense of meaningful accomplishment and an appreciation of the Arts.
Our programs involve structure and discipline, listening and following instruction skills, persistence, problem solving, cooperation, body awareness, creative expression and the essential importance of caring for each other. While dance is the vehicle, the goal is to provide these young lives with a strong sense of self and the necessary tool kit to face life with the strength to overcome obstacles. Our goal is to help students discover “they can” and empower them for a lifetime.
Our Community Partners and Sponsors
LEAP relies on the experience, vision and leadership of its Board of Directors to provide the organization with responsible governance and strengthen its effort to ensuring all children has the ability to experience the arts regardless of their finances or disabilities.