Sharon Freed, the owner of 3D Dance Academy, is on a mission to change that by showing what dance can do for her students on stage and in school.
The academy is hosting a black tie affair charity event 7 p.m. Sunday at Detroit Cass Tech.High School, 2501 2nd Ave.
More than 100 students will dance in honor of black history month - and Motown legend Martha Reeves will also perform.
Donations start at $5 and money raised will help fund scholarships for the academy's summer dance program.
"I like dancing because it gives us more energy instead of playing and sitting at our houses and watching TV all day," said dancer Carly Daniel.
"It allows me to express myself though my dancing," said another dancer, Victoria Singleton.
"In today's schools all the dance programs are no longer in existence," Freed said. "My goal is to keep the opportunity going for the students and allow them to explore the art of dance."
For more information on the academy: http://www.3dsharonfreed.com/index.html