Photo Credit: Brittany Diblasio
GOAL: For every $250.00 raised, a Bullettrun instructor will offer 5 FREE parkour classes to youth in Kaiser and Lincoln Terrace Parks starting May 1st, 2017. Our initial goal is to raise $1,500.00. 100% of donations will be spent on program costs, and a complete financial report will be publicly available after classes end in August 31, 2017.
DESCRIPTION: Since 2016, Bullettrun's has offered free, parkour* workshops & performances through its WildRun Parkour Programing, conducted in NYC Kaiser and Lincoln Terrace Parks, with our community partners Partnership for Parks, and the Explorer's Youth Program.
Bullettrun activities positively impact not just our company members (the majority of whom are young, black and Latino men) but the public who meets and works with them. By presenting parkour performances and classes in public parks; with the help of law enforcement volunteers who run the Explorer's Youth Program, Bullettrun's WildRun programing encourages new possibilities, and a dialogue of understanding between disadvantaged emerging adults and the community, where almost none had existed before. In the process our program facilitates the creation of a local sources of beauty and adventure.
WildRun is needed because more resources must address the physical fitness & self esteem of the youth, and emerging adults residing in Coney Island & East NY communities. Bullettrun's artistic and educational WildRun productions will be collaborative, involving members of the parkour community who live in the Coney Island and East NY neighborhoods of Brooklyn. For many of these young men and women, the discipline of parkour is not just a form of self expression, it is a means to build self-esteem and emerge as leaders in communities lacking social, educational and economic resources. As much as possible, Bullettrun's WildRun activities will utilize educational and artistic resources in NYC public spaces. Importantly, we have demonstrated the capacity to turn these ideas into tangible results. However, funding is needed to sustain our progress.
Like last year, our WildRun parkour classes will culminate in a parkour performance in August, featuring Bullettrun company members, and the students who have successfully completed our WildRun parkour program.
*Parkour is a gymnastic art form and discipline, often described as "skateboarding, without skateboards". It was adapted by the French Military in the 1800s, and popularized by freerunner David Belle in the 1990s, before spreading throughout the world in the early 2000s until the present.
WildRun classes are held at Kaiser Park and Lincoln Terrace Park facilities in Coney Island and East NY Brooklyn.
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On August 23, 2016 artistic director Nadia García-Lesy presented her choreography, in collaboration with her Bullettrun company members Sage Way, Christopher Falco Glover, Kareem Reap Small. Ridge Chery, Jose Torres, Helaman Garcia. Special thanks to D.j. Maximum for the music and Raudy Apk Ramirez for providing extra 2nd camera work. The show was presented during the 2nd Annual Explorer's Day Extravaganza, at Kaiser Park in Coney Island, Brooklyn. The event was a culmination of a series of rehearsals and WildRun parkour classes held at the park, in collaboration with Explorer's Club. Special thanks to Psychology Consultant Mani García-Lesy and the Coney Island, Brooklyn community leaders; Ted Enoch from the NYC Parks and volunteer police employees who oversaw the Explorer's Club.