Augusta native Karen Brown, former Dance Theatre of Harlem Principal ballerina, dance administrator, dance professor and founder of En Pointe Plus Dance Mastery Institute (EPP) and her team will conduct the free virtual 4th Annual Sand Hills Community Center (SHCC) Summer Youth Program held from June 14-26, 2021 and sponsored by the City of Augusta and the Augusta Commission in collaboration with the City of Augusta Recreation & Parks Department and the Richmond County Board of Education.

The program is designed for students from ages 10 to 14 that are 6th, 7th and 8th graders. They will experience painting, writing, dancing, singing, spoken word, financial literacy, athletic training and public speaking workshops.  Throughout the program there will be awards, and prizes. Each student receives an event t-shirt. This two-week program scheduled June 14–19 and June 21–26 will be held Monday through Friday with videotaped culminating events held on Saturday, June 19 and Saturday, June 26, also presented on the Zoom platform.  The Zoom link will be provided after registration.  Distribution sites for supplies pick-up (as long as supplies last) will be shared at registration.

The students will be taught by several renowned instructors such as Baruti, Russell Joel Brown, Pepper, Funmi and Karen Brown. This year, EPP will again be partnering with Pepper of Contemporary Dance Theater and she will teach modern dance and choreograph.  Ballet and other dance classes will be taught by Ms. Brown.

Hip Hop will be offered as well as training for athletes to learn to jump higher and run faster with strength and agility, and vocal instruction will be taught by Funmi. Broadway actor Russell Joel Brown’s “Project: Inspire” which weaves content from “The Lion King” with valuable life lessons will be taught, and the “ABC’s of How Money Works” will be taught by Keith Brown.

“I’m grateful to have the opportunity for the fourth time to fulfill our vision of this program which so positively impacts a growing number of students in the community as evidenced in the parents’ testimonials,” said Karen Brown, Creative and Program Director of the 4th Annual Sand Hills Community Center (SHCC) Summer Youth Program.

To register students may use the link below from the City of Augusta website,, or go the Facebook address  If you have more questions, please call (762) 233-0882.