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Friday, September 30, 2016

Echo Park school wins arts-education award

By Becky Koppenhaver

Gabriella Charter School, an Echo Park school with an emphasis on dance, was awarded a Music Center Bravo Award for its arts education program. The Eastsider last month posted a story about Gabriella and its innovative, arts-oriented approach to education that intertwines a strong academic program with the study of dance.

The school won a Bravo award in the school program category, which highlights arts programs focused on a single discipline.  BRAVO award winners “use the arts to revitalize teaching, enhance academic achievement and foster self-esteem, teamwork and cross-cultural communication and understanding,” according to the Bravo website.

“The Bravo Award is a recognition of our dedicated and talented students and staff as well as a testament to the comprehensive and high-quality dance program we are honored to offer the Greater Echo Park community,” said Liza Bercovici, director of the school.

Bravo award winners receive a sculpture and a cash award.  Bercovici says that their monetary award will go to support the 81 classes of dance the school offers each week.

Dance coordinator, Chippy Zuniga noted proudly in accepting the award, there are students at Gabriella Charter School who have never attended a day of school without a dance class.

Becky Koppenhaver is a freelance writer covering schools. You can send Becky story tips and ideas at [email protected]

Photos by Ana Homonnay/Stuart Foundation



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