What is Inspiring Tomorrow's Performers?
We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in San Diego, California. Our nonprofit aims to serve underprivileged and disadvantaged children and give them greater exposure to all kinds of performing arts. We host weekly performing arts workshops for elementary, middle, and high school students from all across the country.
When schools make funding cuts, the arts are often the first programs to go. We want to provide these children an opportunity to get exposure and try out several different types of performing arts. Our project also aims to spread more awareness about the importance of performing arts. We believe these workshops give students another creative outlet, which can assist children in succeeding in academic aspects of their lives too. This is also an excellent opportunity for children to get some more exercise after a long week of school and online classes. They will get the chance to interact and bond with other students from all across the country and even other countries. We teach dance, choreography, improvisation, singing, acting, and music.
Our program has been running for almost a year now and we are always looking for more participants! If you are interested in signing up, please visit the home page.
We help students build and foster national and international connections.
A unique aspect of Inspiring Tomorrow's Performers is that students have the ability to meet others from different states, cities, and counties. They are not confined to meeting children specifically from their state or even country! While we are based in San Diego, each week we get to teach and meet students of all ages and from all over the globe! Below are just some of the places ITP has been able to reach:
Through ITP, we strive to foster new friendships and relationships between students from all over the nation. Some students have become Roblox friends, a popular video game, and learned about other common interests through introductions and questions of the day. Whether a child comes for our week-long camp or one workshop, we want students to create new friendships with kids they would have never met before their ITP experience.
How do our workshops work?
We teach in the format of weekly workshops every Sunday. Each week before the workshop, we send out an email regarding what we will be teaching along with a zoom link for that week's workshop. We have already taught a large variety of arts including jazz dance, ballet, contemporary, dance history, choreography, improvisation, singing, acting, and music. Our organization also allows enrolled students to pick and choose specific art forms they find interest in and only come to those specific workshops! Although students are not obligated to attend every single one, we highly encourage students to join all our workshops to get the full experience.
Meet our Co-Founders!
Co-Founder and President: Sharisa You, 12th Grade
My name is Sharisa and I am a senior at The Bishop's School in La Jolla, California. Since I was three years old, my passion has been dancing. I have also been taking visual arts classes since four years old and have won national and international awards. Growing up, I also took vocal lessons for six years and played the piano for four years. My favorite part of this organization is getting to see students grow and try things they never would have done before attending our workshops. I really enjoy working with children and I can't wait to meet new students from all across the country!
Co-Founder and President: Ashlyn Hunter, 12th Grade
My name is Ashlyn Hunter. I am a senior at The Bishop's School in La Jolla, California. I have been committed to dancing since the age of three. Dance is an integral aspect of my life; The art of dance has been a major force in creating the woman I am today and a compass for guiding the next steps of my life journey. I believe it is vital I share the opportunities and knowledge of the arts I have with children who may never experience an arts class in or out of school.
Meet the team!
Co-Vice President: Izzy Tang, 11th Grade
I'm Izzy Tang, and I'm a junior at the Bishop's School. Since I was a child I've always been involved in the arts, whether it's violin, dance, or rhythmic gymnastics. Around 4 years ago I completely switched to ballet and contemporary. I'm extremely excited to be able to give back to these kids at ITP and share these new experiences.
Co-Director of Outreach: Eliana Birnbaum-Nahl, 11th Grade
My name is Eliana Binbaum Nahl and I am a current junior at the Bishop's School. I do all sorts of arts, including acting, singing, and dancing. I started taking voice lessons when I was 7 and began auditioning for musicals about a year later. Over time I've gotten more experience in modern and contemporary dance as well as classical singing. Arts are so important in every aspect of my life and I'm so grateful to share with the students of ITP!
Director of Graphics: Mira Gowda, 12th Grade
My name is Mira and I am a senior at The Bishop's School. I have been playing piano since I was five years old. I've played classical music for most of my life but also love playing jazz music in a group. I love being able to share my love for music and other arts with kids of all different ages and levels when I volunteer with ITP.
Director of Fundraising: Nadia Bitar, 12th Grade
My name is Nadia Bitar and I am a senior at The Bishop's School. I've been playing the piano since I was 8 and earned my High School Diploma in Social Music this past June. I also started dancing when I was 13 and I love exploring all styles, particularly contemporary and jazz. I'm so excited to further my passion for helping younger students and promoting the arts through ITP!
Co-Vice President: Emily Zhou, 11th Grade
My name is Emily Zhou. I am a junior at The Bishop's School. My dance education started at the age of five when I participated in competitive rhythmic gymnastics for six years. During those years, I started my classical ballet training with the Royal Academy of Performing Arts. However, starting at the age of 11 I fully committed to just ballet began competing in various competitions including the Youth American Grand Prix. For the past four years, I fell in love with contemporary dance and began furthering my education in both styles. Dance has always been a passion of mine and I can't wait to continue spreading the art form to younger students with ITP!
Head of Social Media: Bela Gowda, 10th Grade
My name is Bela and I am a sophomore at The Bishop's School. I have been playing piano since I was 7 and dancing since I was 8. My favorite styles of dance are ballet and contemporary. I am so excited to connect my passions for working with kids and performing arts by volunteering with ITP.