Paso a Paso

March 4, 2023 @ 12:00PM — March 25, 2023 @ 12:00PM Pacific Time (US & Canada)

Garces Memorial High School : 2800 Loma Linda Dr Bakersfield, CA 93305 Get Directions

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Paso A Paso . . . Life is a Dance is a FREE after-school confidence-building program geared towards high school girls, including Latinas. Paso a Paso empowers girls by teaching them that life is a dance and it is necessary to learn the right steps to achieve success. Girls will utilize dance to create a support system of sisterhood while becoming empowered through life-skills workshops. Paso a Paso applications are due March 1, 2023.

Offered on Saturdays, March 4 - 25, from 12:00 - 2:00 pm at the Dance Studio at Garces Memorial High School, Paso a Paso will be taught over 4 weeks and will feature guest speakers and dancing. Girls will partake in life skills building workshops for the first hour of the program, followed by Latino dance instruction taught by a professional Latin dancer for the second hour. The dance classes will inspire confidence and cultural understanding as the participants learn to express themselves through Bachata. Paso a Paso will culminate in a final performance and certificate ceremony open to families and friends to attend!


Please complete the Paso a Paso registration by clicking the REGISTER button.

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  • Snacks and Bonding – Program directors check in with students, review the prior week’s experience, talk about problems they are experiencing and identify steps to overcome challenging scenarios at school or in their personal life.
  • Guest Speaker – A new life-skills topic is introduced through lecture and hands on lessons- activities are designed to teach concepts in a new way and excite girls about material.
  • Dance – Girls learn a dance from an experienced dancer, including a dancer’s warm up, practice technical dance exercises, and rehearse choreography that will be performed in the final performance. Attitude, confidence, teamwork, and dedication will be emphasized.
  • Small Group Mentoring – Students join program director and guest speaker to review lessons taught and create a plan for implementing new tools developed.


The goals of Paso a Paso is to empower young girls through the mentorship of experienced female leaders in the community and through dance classes/performance. The weekly steps are focused on guiding the young women towards a future path of success.

Paso a Paso goals include:

  • Confidence building
  • Cultural awareness
  • Life-skills training
  • Learning a new dance
  • Self love
  • Independence
  • Sisterhood
  • Guidance for success

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