Kids, teenagers, youth... living in poverty, forced into prostitution, fighting for survival in gangs... the fatherless, the orphaned, the rejected and abused... each one is special & possesses potential for greatness.
Capital on the Edge, Inc. is an American non-profit organisation and sponsor
of The Nicavangelists - a talent-development program for at-risk Nicaraguan
youth. The Nicavangelists utilise a holistic approach, assisting young
Nicaraguans in their life’s journey, encouraging them to grow physically,
emotionally and spiritually.
The Nicavangelists take in at-risk youths from the streets of Managua, and through their talent-development-program, support enrolled participants with food, housing, clothing, an education and the chance to develop skills in performance arts such as Folkdance, Tricking, Breakdance, Martial Arts, Acting, Singing, plus more. The Nicavangelists seek to create a bright future for these incredibly gifted youths by giving them opportunities to share their hope, talents and culture with the world.
Those who excel in the talent-development program are given the chance to leave the Managua based development center and tour abroad, performing:
1. A dance production focused on Miskito folkdance, which is infused with Tricking and Breakdance. Miskitos are an indigenous people group from the Caribbean Coast of Nicaragua. Tricking is an art form that has evolved over the centuries from African slaves, and incorporates both gymnastics and martial arts, as well as other movement genres. The production is completely choreographed by The Nicavangelists’ troupe members, with assistance from the director of Nicaragua’s premier Academy of Dance.
2. A street theatre production, which changes theme and plot annually. The production always focuses on current Nicaraguan cultural conditions in the context of a Biblical story. The core component of the production is Miskito folkance, and includes Tricking, Breakdance, Latino Ballroom-styled dance genres, Modern Dance, Drama and Song.
To-date, the Nicavangelists have travelled to and performed in Nicaragua,
Panama, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Europe and the USA and have featured
on BRUT, The LA Times, Fox News, ABC7, MSNBC, CBS, Telemundo, Univision and
hundreds of other news stations and newspapers.
The Nicavangelists are young Nicaraguan men being trained to be proponents for change in a country desperately in need. The Nicavangelists’ troupe members learn to be mentors to new troupe members, working together to realise success.
In the last 100 years Nicaragua has experienced devastating natural disasters, a 10 year civil war, different political models, a socio-political crisis, and other elements of physical, social, economic and political upheaval. Through these difficult times, Nicaraguan culture has been depleted. The Nicavangelists desire to showcase the beauty of Nicaraguan culture, through their street theatre productions and culturally unique folkdance performances.
Thank you for believing in the hearts and lives of young Nicaraguans!