Date(s) - Jul/06 - Jul/29
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

New Era Creative Space (NECS)

Dance as Activism aims to create a dynamic, original work with dance choreography developed through the collaboration of participants and professional artists. Combining hip-hop and modern dance, theater, music, and rap, participants will tell their stories based on their lived experiences and express their vision of a solution for change through their creative expression and dance.

FREE for Peekskill Students. Please complete the Registration form below.


  • Age 12 – 17
  • Grade: 6 – 11
  • Day(s): Tuesday and Thursday
  • Date(s): July 6 – 27
  • Time: 3 PM – 4:30 PM
  • Duration: 4 weeks
  • Location: NECS, Peekskill
  • Fee: $250 Non Resident, Peekskill Residents – Free

After you have completed payment or if you are seeking tuition assistance, please complete the following REGISTRATION FORM

Instructor: Belle Torres

Instructor Bio: Performer, teacher and choreographer Belle Torres Ritter graduated SUNY Purchase ‘96 and continued there as Asst. Director of Admissions while attending Baruch CUNY Graduate Center in Higher Ed. Administration. For almost 30 years, Miss Belle has performed as part of the national female trio, signed with Atlantic Records, “Sweet Sensation” and currently teaches full-time at Bronx Leadership Academy Highschool II . She is also a teaching artist with NECS, ArtsWestchester and 10566 Arts. Miss Belle received NYS PreK-12 certification from NYU and continues to participate in their Uganda community building collaboration. You can also catch Miss Belle drumming and dancing with Kofi & Sankofa in addition to playing with percussion group Skin Against Metal. Follow her as she continues teaching/performing locally and internationally seeking to concentrate efforts in publishing research on cultural/social dance and focus on beneficial community arts programming and curriculum. As a mother of three teenagers, Sienna, Isaiah and Elijah, Belle believes modeling good ethics of hard work, dedication and appreciation of the arts will support her children in building a strong foundation toward success. “Todo posible con determinación, amor y apoyo de familia y amistades especiales!