Black History Continues™

is a series by DezMarie in an attempt to spread the message that black history not only began with us, but continues with us. The choices we make daily impact our everyday and future outcome.

Inspired by the late
Arturo Alfonso Schomburg

This series was heavily impacted on DezMarie’s attempt to carry on her family legacy as she is the great great granddaughter of the late Arturo Alfonso Schomburg. Arturo Schomburg went to grade school in Puerto Rico where his teacher explained to him that black people had no history or accomplishments. Schomburg not only insisted otherwise but dedicated his life to researching and raising awareness of the contributions that Afro-Americans and Afro-Latin Americans made to our history. His collection over the years was eventually purchased by the New York Public Library that later renamed the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. The center serves as one of the world’s leading cultural institutions dedicated to the research, preservation, and display of artifacts of African Americans, African diaspora and their experiences.

Due to the injustices personally experienced, as well as her strengths and abilities of her ancestors before her, DezMarie has dedicated herself to finding ways to connect and heal the community through various areas, hence the birth of the series, Black History Continues . The series hosts events for a family friendly audience to nurture the youth and to heal the caretakers.

For the black youth she founded the youth arts center, Mindful Arts Dance Academy, where her goal is to provide professional and holistic education through various programs that build confidence and character. The Black History Continues ™ series geared toward the youth are held during the spring and the fall season in the form of a health and wellness festival.

This is the perfect time to build as there are black history trivia games, scavenger hunts, artistry, music and most importantly a sense of community with many local businesses and organizations, mainly black owned, to join the movement to heal. Both seasonal events are family friendly and open to all local and national friends and families to enjoy and be a part of history!

2020 Black History Continues:
Fall Festival

Our Virtual Festival is 11/2/2020 – 11/7/2020!

Due to COVID-19 and the government shut down, we are currently closed for physical classes. We miss the MAD family and the opportunity to meet new families and friends! But don’t worry the party must continue because more than ever, now is the time to get healthy to defeat all that is ahead! We are offering our current MAD families past, present, future and beyond a one week session of FREE virtual classes in all current programming as well as LIVE health and wellness webinars for families to learn information on how to get healthy during this time. Let’s stick together and connect to keep spirits bright and alive even in tough times for the whole globe!

Enjoy these classes for FREE with donation!*

($2 donation per class is welcome.)

Our 2020 Fall Health Festival virtual programs are designed to keep our kids healthy and in shape mentally and physically during the pandemic as we overcome together! Age recommendations provided, but they are all family friendly, so join the FUN!

While registration is not required to participate in the BHC Fall Health Festival, if you lock in your registration spot by 9/30, you will get 10% off your tuition fee.

Please note our last day of festival is November 7th however Fall Classes are open for registration and start October 5th!

Programs Include

Festival Schedule

11/2/2020 – 11/7/2020

Music Mondays

Musical Roots Preschool Music

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The Music Corner

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Tumble Tuesdays

Pre-K Dance & Tumble
4:00pm – 4:30pm

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Body Shapes & Drills

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Trick Thursdays

Intermediate Skate
5:00pm – 5:30pm

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Hip Hop
5:30pm – 6:00pm

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Inspirational Movement
6:15pm – 6:45pm

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Friday Shred

Pre-K Skate
4:00pm – 4:30pm

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Beginner Skate
4:45pm – 5:15pm

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MAD Saturday

Toddler & Me
10am – 10:20am

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Pre-K Dance & Tumble
10:30am – 11:00am

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Flippin’ Crowns
11:15am – 11:45am

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Ballet & Jazz
12:00pm – 12:30pm

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12:45pm – 1:15pm

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Classes are FREE with Donation!

($2 donation per class is welcome)

While registration is not required to participate in the BHC Fall Health Festival, if you lock in your registration spot by 9/230, you will get 10% off your tuition fee.

Resources & Events for Young Adults & Parents

Real Life with Fresh Heir

For the black young adults, families and supporting communities, DezMarie created Real Life with Fresh Heir;  a podcast and platform to display resiliency not only from her own real life testimonies, but from others to educate, empower and encourage.

Quiet Storm Philly

As she worked on the groundwork for the show, she hosted a Black History Continues™ series called Quiet Storm Philly. This was an open mic platform for local artists, poets and performers of Philadelphia to not only share their gift, but use it to initiate healing through panel discussions on their testimonies and advice on love and relationships. This is a unique open mic experience as it attempts to replicate the old school love that at one point instilled the true characteristics of a love that keeps giving. After all love conquers all!

Previous Quiet Storm Events

Our Goal

The goal is for Black History Continues ™ to continue to grow and provide opportunities for history to continue with each and every one of the people who support and contribute. We hope that will be you. To be a part of this amazing series of healing, contact us today.

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