Xclaim is a Contemporary Jazz Dance Ensemble that focuses on using professional dance performance as a vehicle of expression, bringing art and vitality to the forefront of popular culture through HOT CHOREOGRAPHY and REAL COMMUNITY OUTREACH.
The motivation behind the creation of Xclaim is the lifelong dream of Mariah Layne French "to change the world using the art of dance as the primary tool." This is no small dream, nor is it a trite statement. Xclaim has been carefully organized through prayerful planning and advanced education over a period of nearly 10 years. The company was chartered in the fall of 2007 (receiving it's official 501(c) 3 not-for-profit status in 2010). A faith-based initiative, Xclaim aims to share artistic resources and physical capabilities with those in need, making excellence in the arts accessible to today's emerging culture. With the groundwork laid and the diverse and specialized team assembled, Xclaim emerged with a 2008 Debut. The Columbus Dispatch called Xclaim’s work "Big ... bold ... infectiously upbeat ... spirited ... strong choreography".
Since our opening season Xclaim has performed nearly 40 original works in many diverse venues including Xclaim’s own productions Xtra! (2008), Hands and Feet (2009), Red Light Red Letter- Dances of Redemption (2010 / 2011), Elemental (2011), Soul of the City (2012) and Xclaim on Ice (2012). The company has also participated in the Columbus Dances series, 60x60 produced by New York based Vox Novus, Wild Goose Creative’s Third Thursdays, as well as performance at Scioto Juvenile Correctional Facility and large scale community outreach with Northland Jubilee, Mayor Coleman’s initiative Neighborhood Pride and mentorship with Franklin County Children's Services. Xclaim is making a difference in the lives of an increasing number of people, through the creation and performance of meaningful innovative dance, and real community outreach and interaction. This outreach and interaction engages audiences and participants of all ages, especially at-risk young people, exposing them to professional art and allowing them to form relationships with positive role models.
Under the artistic direction of Mariah Layne French Xclaim produces eclectic, captivating, Jazz Dance that fuses ethnic, lyrical, classical, hip-hop, contemporary, and musical theater styles to create innovative works that are accessible to and suitable for audiences of all ages. Mariah’s choreographic style emphasizes musicality and rhythm while exploring topics at the core of human existence, tapping a wide range of emotion. Her work is a culmination of diverse experiences within the world of dance and her own life. Mariah aspires to create and facilitate the creation of dance movement that moves people far beyond their seats.
REAL COMMUNITY OUTREACH
Outreach is a fundamental element in Xclaim’s purpose. Our dancers are passionate about sharing their artistic resources and physical capabilities with those in need through compassion driven service projects, artistic educational workshops, and compelling insightful choreography. We believe that every individual deserves the opportunity to experience quality professional art and a life full of vitality. We are committed to being a group of artists that gives back to communities in tangible life-sustaining ways.
Xclaim aspires to impact emerging generations by facilitating mentorship and ongoing training in the arts, to create alternatives for at-risk young people, empowering families, and strengthening society. Xclaim engages in several types of community outreach, with a vision to expand our community impact beyond our current capability.
Existing Types of Outreach:
Community Arts Outreach Events
are designed to introduce young people to fine art and professional artists, engaging youth in dance and and arts workshops through mentor relationships. Our goal is to feed an interest in the arts among young people whose access has been limited, and through the arts enrich their quality of life. Xclaim provides positive role models and quality art education. We aim to empower students to realize their potential and accomplish their dreams.
Currently Xclaim has ongoing mentor relationships with deserving students through Mayor Coleman's initiative Neighborhood Pride and offers masterclasses to young women through Franklin County Children's Services Self Esteem Workshops.
Xclaim has also participated in programs with the residents at the Scioto Juvenile Correctional Facility, performed in several outreach events to the Northland Community including "Northland Jubilee", and participates in other programs with Charisma Centre for the Arts.
Xclaim Partners with individuals, community initiatives, and other non-profit organizations to offer services and physical resources for people in need. Examples of this type of outreach have included grocery and meal provisions to hungry families, back-to-school resources, safety programs, and free holiday productions. We have infused this outreach with the arts through live performance, free dance and arts workshop, and complimentary tickets to our main stage productions. If you are interested in partnering with Xclaim please contact us.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Our Board of Directors, chosen for their wisdom and diversity, oversees all of Xclaim's major production decisions and finances, as well as serving as champions for our cause, fostering growth and development.
Officers and Members:
CEO- Mariah Layne French
Vice President/ Treasurer- Philip French
Secretary- Laura Schoessler