Founded in 2014, Dance Another World is an English language immersion program taught through dance. Serving non-native English speaking students from lower-socioeconomic areas, students learn to communicate through creative movement.
Dance Another World works with organizations such as Afterschool Centers on Education (ACE) in the Austin Independent School District and with Cedars International Academy Charter School. In our AISD programs, we assist students with homework help and offer a healthy snack provided by our nutritional sponsors, Whole Foods Market.
Our program touches communities in every part of Austin, helping to provide a safe environment for girls to learn English and build confidence. To date, our Dance Another World staff has taught more than 250 girls ranging in ages from 5 to 16.
Dance Another World is a registered 501c (3) non-profit organization.
Roberto Germán is a Dominican-American native of Lawrence, Massachusetts. He is a product of Lawrence Public Schools, Central Catholic High School and the Boys and Girls Club in Lawrence. He currently is supporting the opening of Magnolia Montessori For All, Austin’s First Public Montessori School, serving as Director of Student Affairs and Services. Previously, he served as Assistant Principal at the Guilmette Middle School in Lawrence, MA. Prior to that he served as Director of Multicultural Affairs and Community Development for seven years at St. John’s Preparatory School in Danvers, MA, where he led the school in fostering a culture that promoted social justice and equity. During his tenure at SJP, he was also a basketball coach and Spanish teacher. Mr. Germán is an alumnus of Andover Bread Loaf and an active member of the Bread Loaf Teacher Network. His role within ABL and with the BLTN is at the center of ABL’s educational justice work within the public schools, youth and community organizations. When he was twenty years old, Roberto introduced and led a spoken word movement in the city of Lawrence that took the city by storm from 2001-2003. This movement became the beginning of a writing revolution that inspired young people in the city of Lawrence to find their voices through the arts, particularly spoken word poetry and rap. He accomplished this with his former performing arts group, the Soul Kaliber Movement and by his ability to collaborate with diverse organizations and individuals. His teaching experience includes serving as an English teacher at Lawrence High School and as a Spanish teacher at St. John’s Preparatory School. He holds a Master’s Degree from Boston College’s Lynch School of Education in Educational Administration and a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in English, from Merrimack College.
Julie Slim is a Lebanese-American multi-lingual vocalist who sings in Arabic, French, Spanish, Italian, Turkish and most recently, Bosnian. She is the leader of her band, RendezVous, a quintet specializing in standards from the 1930’s to the 1960’s in French, English, Spanish and Arabic, which she founded in 2013. With keyboards, upright bass, percussion and accordion, the band performs a wide range of rhythms ranging from swing, to tango, bossa and waltz. Focused on world music, she also collaborates with numerous groups in Austin TX, including Indimaj, UT Bereket Middle Eastern Ensemble, Layalina, Austin Global Orchestra, and 1001 Nights Orchestra. She has released a 3-song studio EP, and most recently, a five-song EP recorded live in Austin, TX, and she has recently finished recording her first full LP of French songs with RendezVous, “ Promenade Sentimentale”, and is looking forward to releasing it in the near future. She has worked as a vocalist with the Austin Jazz Workshop led by saxophone player, Michael Melinger, performing at public elementary schools to raise awareness and educate elementary students about the jazz tradition in their Cole Porter, Harold Arlen and Henri Mancini reviews and most recently, in their Gershwin program. She is a member of the Threshold Choir, an international volunteer organization of women who sing for patients on their final journey, locally at Hospice Austin’s Christopher House.
Julie Slim is grateful for her trilingual background, having grown up in Beirut, Lebanon where all children get a bilingual education at the minimum, which opened her eyes and ears to new cultures and paved the way to learning more languages as an adult. She came to the United States as a young college student and graduated with a BA in Speech/Language Pathology and a Masters in Linguistics from the University of Michigan. She is fluent in English, French and Arabic, and dabbles in Spanish and Italian. .Julie is certified in the Kodàly Methodology, level III which has been instrumental in teaching music to elementary students. She has lived in Austin, TX with her husband and two daughters for the last 20 years.
Find out more about Julie at www.julieslim.com or on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/julieslim