Black Positive People : FIFTEEN-YEAR-OLD AMIYA ALEXANDER, BLACK ENTERPRISE TEENPRENEUR

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    AMIYA ALEXANDER

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    FIFTEEN-YEAR-OLD AMIYA ALEXANDER, A 2010 BLACK ENTERPRISE TEENPRENEUR nominee, is striving to help her community thrive through dance and health education. Her mission: to eradicate the costly disease of childhood obesity through her mobile dance academy. The academy, for Detroit students ages 2 to 12, brings dance lessons in ballet, tap, jazz, salsa, and hip-hop. Alexander also teaches classes on healthy eating and wellness. Through her for-profit company, Amiya’s Mobile Dance Academy, Alexander teaches students who would not otherwise be able to afford the cost of formal dance instruction, which can cost anywhere from $30 to $60 per class. With the help of donations, Alexander is able to ofter her students a discounted rate of $11.50 per class. She has also created a scholarship fund to help students who cannot afford to pay for the classes.



    Alexander’s company receives monetary donations as well as dance equipment such as pointe shoes and leotards. Television personality Dr. Phil also has a section on his foundation website where donations can be made. Alexander, who has been dancing since she was 2 years old, got the idea for her own dance academy at the age of 9. She discussed it with her mother, Teberah Alexander, who immediately agreed to help with her effort. Teberah, with the help of family donations, made a total investment of about $20,000 to get the mobile dance studio up and running. This money helped them purchase a 52-passenger school bus, have the seats removed, and have ballet bars and wood flooring installed. (Classes are held inside the pink school bus.)
     
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