Two Art Saves Lives Students to Participate in the Juilliard Dance Experience

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten (December 18, 2023) – Art Saves Lives Foundation (ASLF) is pleased to announce that two students have been selected to attend the Juilliard Dance Experience in January 2024.

Shee’Raelle David

INDISU Dance Theater student, Surya Rachel Bille and Shee’Raelle David who trains with Temps Danses in St. Martin will embark upon a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to participate in the Juilliard Dance Experience at the prestigious Juilliard School in New York City.

Both 13-year-old Bille and 12-year-old David will travel to New York with all their expenses paid thanks to generous supporters of the annual ASLF dance intensive held each summer in St. Maarten. 

“Art Saves Lives Foundation is extremely grateful to Juilliard for the Financial Aid for both Shee’Raelle David and Surya Rachel Bille. LemonDrop Cove LLC for the funding for the three roundtrip tickets for students and a parent chaperone to travel to New York. Thank you ASLF teaching artists Jacquelyn Scafidi Allsopp and Nicole Baker Luftig for their donation of accommodations at the Sheraton New York where the students will stay for the duration of time as they attend the Julliard Dance Experience in January,” stated Arts Saves Lives Foundation Founder and President Nicole DeWeever.

The president also expressed gratitude to ASL teaching artist Alicia Graf Mack, and Dean of Dance at the Juilliard School for continuing to champion the work of the foundation and its dancers.

Surya Rachel Bille

“I am deeply appreciative of Alicia who was one of our first ballet teaching artists when we began the summer programme. Her continued commitment to helping the foundation and dancers from the Caribbean is unmatched and this new opportunity for our young dancers will be life changing,” DeWeever added.

The Juilliard Dance Experience offers intermediate and advanced dancers ages 10 to 18 an insider’s look at the renowned school’s dance program. They will be able to take technique classes including ballet, contemporary, improvisation, and hip-hop with the Dance Division’s faculty, alumni, and students. 

More than 200 dancers are expected to participate in the experience.

Throughout the day, dancers will have the opportunity to meet and mingle with current Juilliard Dance students to learn more about pursuing dance in higher education and about the life of a Juilliard dancer.

The Juilliard Dance Experience is slated for January 14, 2024, in New York City.

Learn more about Art Saves Lives Foundation at


Alicia Graf Mack, Dean of Dance at Juilliard School.

About Art Saves Lives Foundation

Art Saves Lives Foundation is a cross-cultural exchange between youth in need and experienced practicing artists who seek to use their talents for positive change. Each summer the foundation coordinates a Summer Intensive which caters to over 180 children. This collaborative project selects renowned artists from around the world who use the arts to introduce participants to global and local traditions and empower them with the life skills necessary to effectively deal with the demands and challenges of everyday life. The Summer Intensive also provides guidance for young artists with aspirations in pursuing a career in the arts.


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