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Keep Rising To The Top’s (KR3TS) mission is to broaden the notion of what a dancer is and promote the preservation of ethnic and cultural dances.

Based in Spanish Harlem, KR3TS fulfills a need in the community to provide a positive alternative to social and street pressures by providing dance classes and support programs in a non-discriminating atmosphere. KR3TS also carries out its mission through its core-performance group that fosters pre-professional dancers.

KR3TS Dance Company caters to children, young adults of lower to middle income families in Latino communities of New York City primarily. The company also opens its doors to any other community. Their goal is to provide an outlet to develop skills and abilities that will enhance their lifestyles.

They learn to express their talents through dance, and are encouraged to set goals, strive for what they believe in, to improve their self-esteem, cooperation, and integration as part of a group, and to dream. They are secure with the knowledge that no matter what level of skill, they can achieve their goals through dedication, determination and hard work.

No matter what the obstacles, they must…

Keep Rising To The Top!!

The program offers a year round ongoing curriculum, for both males and females, ranging from 5 to 34 years of age, and has students from varied ethnic backgrounds.

Offered are private classes, workshops, performers, management for artists and dancers, coaching, artist development – height, size, age, race doesn’t matter – this is a family, anyone can do it!! Practice is based in Spanish Harlem.

They are exposed to varied dance styles such as ballet, modern, jazz, hip-hop, salsa, merengue, and African dance. Participation in field trips to area performances, guest teachers and opportunities to showcase their talent at local arts and civic centers are just part of the fuel that keeps the KR3TS students improving and striving to be the best they can be.

They have been featured on the METRO Channel “Studio Y”. They are also proud to have choreographed and performed to the title song of the film Blazin (featuring Angie Martinez, Phat Joe..) at the movie’s premiere in New York City.

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  1. We need more people willing to take the time to work with the young in all types of dancing. You are to be commended for doing so much with your life. KR3TS is great for giving the community an alternate to all the pressures the kids have on the streets and at home, it gives then a way to escape through dance. Thanks so much for all you’ve done.

  2. Yes, Ma’am. Violet deserves all the props, commendations and accolades she receives, and more.

    She’s been consistently dedicated to making it happen for youth in our communities, increasing their self-esteem and showing them better ways to live, express themselves and carry themselves.

  3. I agree with you Annakat it takes special people to devote their time and effort to help the young, and dance is one of the best ways that keeps our young motivated. KR3TS is a terrific alternate to all the pressures kids have, I just wish all neighborhoods could have this available for them, then we would not have so many kids needing therapy when they are older. (

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