Northwestern Medicine Doctor Leads Dance Scholarship Effort
By Kara SpakFor Students February 04, 2014
This is Latin dancing with a Northwestern Medicine beat.
Northwestern trauma surgeon Mamta Swaroop, MD, is leading an effort to provide dance scholarships for Chicago teenagers ages 13 to 17 who wouldn’t otherwise be able to afford the classes. Swaroop is advisor to the Northwestern University chapter of Project RISHI (Rural India Social and Health Improvement), a national non-profit organization dedicated to improving social and health conditions in rural India. The Northwestern group recently decided to expand their outreach to local students by partnering with Latin Street Dancing, a Chicago dance studio founded in 1998 by famed dancer Lisa “La Boriqua.”
“It’s a way of giving back to the local community,” Swaroop said. “Dancing is more than moving to the beat. It develops social skills, self-esteem and can boost classroom performance. I’m grateful we found such a great partner in iconic Chicago school Latin Street Dancing to help with this effort.”
There are eight scholarships available, and the weekly classes start in March and run through December. Then, the dancers will demonstrate their hard work and new moves in the annual Latin Dance Revue Theatre Showcase.
The application deadline is Feb. 14 for students interested in the scholarship. The awards will be announced on Feb. 21 and classes begin March 2 and run through December 2014. Applications can be found here. Dance scholarship winners also receive tutoring for Project RISHI undergraduates and tours of Northwestern University and Northwestern Memorial Hospital.