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Dream Up in Madrid: Young people from the Fundación Balia por la Infancia dance with Abou Lagraa

  • 02.07.2019

Through the Dream Up program, the BNP Paribas Foundation supports non-profit organizations in 30 countries that develop programs based on education through the practice of art for children from disadvantaged backgrounds.

A unique dance workshop with Abou Lagraa

Since 2018, Dream Up in Spain has supported the Fundación Balia for la Infancia located in the working-class neighborhoods of Madrid. This support consisted in the financing 2 hours of dance lessons for 45 teenagers throughout the school year

This year, a unique experience was offered to the 20 teenagers of the nonprofit’s program: indeed they had the chance to follow a tailor-made dance workshop with the renowned choreographer Abou Lagraa, who went especially on this trip to Madrid. In addition to being a choreographer and dancer, Abou Lagraa is also the ambassador of the Dream Up program.

Dream Up in Madrid with Abou Lagraa.


This unique and enriching experience allowed the 20 teenagers to practice 2 hours of dance every evening and learn from an experienced teacher. At first they were surprised, often shy, even maybe anxious, but Abou Lagraa was quickly able to stimulate them, helping them to become more confident day after day, and by the end of the week they couldn’t stop smiling! 

As a result, by the end of the week, they presented a spectacular show full of energy! As Abou Lagraa points out: "Through my teaching, I want to allow each of them to go deep within themselves to live a strong experience from which they come out different and so I hope they grow! What a beautiful week spent together, their performance made us all very proud.”

 I want to allow each of them to live a strong experience from which they come out different.

Photos ©Patricia Garcia Perez – BNP Paribas Spain

In Spain, poverty impacts 1 child out of 3

The Fundación Balia por la Infancia supported by Dream Up responds to a pressing issue.

In Spain poverty affects 1 out of 3 children. The Fundación Balia has created educational programs to fight abandonment, isolation, school drop out of these young people and promotes the benefits of education, emotional intelligence as well as talent development. 

With its different educational programs, the Fundación Balia is present in Madrid, Andalusia and Castilla la Mancha. It integrates the different educational, psychological and social aspects specific to children aged between 3 and 12 as well as adolescents aged between 13 and 17 in the development and implementation of its programs. The involvement of the young beneficiaries’s families is highly encouraged.

Dream Up, the international philanthropy program, is deployed in 30 countries

Created in 2015, the international program was renewed for 3 years in 2018. Dream Up promotes the education of young people from disadvantaged backgrounds through the practice of an artistic activity. 

A total of 30 nonprofit organizations are supported in 29 countries. The program is implemented in several countries where the BNP Paribas Group is established and has benefited 30,000 disadvantaged young people in 3 years through more than 1,500 workshops, shows and artistic creations, either in dance, theater, music or crafts.


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