Dance for good! Is an initiative to promote diversity and tolerance in society by means of integrative effect of dance, initiated by Mercedes-Benz Bank as the main sponsor of the international dance festival COLOURS. The aim is to draw attention to the effect of dance and socially disadvantaged and different talented children and enable young people to participate in educational dance projects.
Dancing is my life, dancing connects us all.
The Colours Dance Project was created in order to dance with socially disadvantaged children and young people. The goal is to raise awareness for the positive effects of dance and theater and to give socially disadvantaged children and young people, as well as people with different abilities, a chance to take part in the educational dance and theater projects . A further aim is to show them that they can express themselves through their bodies and cope better with negative experiences in this way.
In 2017 over 5,000 people participated in the dance project of Eric Gauthier. The task: Either the participants were able to post a dance video from themselves on the Dance for Good! website or dance at one of the numerous dance events in Stuttgart. Each "Move" triggered a donation of five euros. The donation sum of 50,000 euros has been used for a new integrative dance and theatre project for people with disabilities.
The 2016 Colours Project provided a valuable experience, especially for refugee children: Around 60 teenagers and young refugees presented the play "Identity – Dance your fears away" at the Stuttgart theater house. The creative group experience of dance and theater offered by the program strengthened the self-confidence of the participants and thus helped them to integrate more easily both socially and linguistically.