Mid-City Dance Project, Louisiana

March 2005

AMP advisor Renee Chatelain is a lawyer and classically trained dancer who founded the Mid City Dance organization to give at-risk kids in Baton Rouge an alternative to what they were doing after school. Her dance company was in the midst of a performance during AMP’s project, and Ellen had the young kids in the company dip their feet in paint and do their part of the performance on a canvas on the floor. The older dancers performed their part on a gauzy material on top of the kids’ footprints. Then four of the dancers lay on a piece of tulle and simulated traditional dance positions while Ellen outlined them with spray paint. Ellen plans to mount the three layers on a panel with twisting surfaces.