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Sand Hills Summer Youth Program to offer arts, financial literacy and athletics to middle schoolers

Augusta native Karen Brown, renowned ballerina formerly with Dance Theatre of Harlem
and founder of En Pointe Plus Dance Mastery Institute and her team, will conduct the free
in-person and hybrid Sixth Annual Sand Hills Community Center Summer Youth Program.

Karen Brown spent 22 years as a Principal Ballerina
touring the world as a featured artist, master teacher and lecturer with the Dance Theatre of

Two daily separate sessions from 1 to 7 p.m. June 12-16 and June 26-30 will be at the center at 2540 Wheeler Road. Celebratory culminating events will be from 5 to 6:30 p.m. June 16 and June 30, according to a news release.

The arts enrichment program was created to aid youth in the Sand Hills neighborhoods and is sponsored by the City of Augusta, the Richmond County Board of Education, Contemporary Ballet Theatre, the Augusta Commission and the City of Augusta Recreation & Parks Department, the release continued.

This program is open to students from ages 10-14 who are in the sixth, seventh and eight grades and includes painting, writing, dancing, singing, financial literacy and athletic training. Throughout the program there will be awards, prizes, T shirts and daily lunch and snacks. Online registration is required by going to augusta.gov/sandhillssummercamp.

“Again I’m grateful to have the opportunity again to fulfill our vision of this program for the sixth
time which so positively impacts a growing number of students in the Augusta community and
we target a proven underserved population,” said Brown. “And we’re so pleased
that our city and county sponsors return to continue supporting the summer youth program in a
seamless manner as possible.”

Brown spent 22 years as a Principal Ballerina, touring the world as a featured artist, master teacher and lecturer with the Dance Theatre of Harlem, an international ballet company that was under the direction of the company’s founder, the late Arthur Mitchell. She’s had a long career of teaching in the dance world, being a dance administrator and she has received numerous awards.

In fall 2020, she was hired as a new Assistant Professor of Ballet at the University of Missouri Kansas City Conservatory.

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