Supporting Charlotte’s Youth Through The Performing Arts

Inspire the Fire Inc., is a non-profit organization committed to helping young people succeed on stage and in life. We provide students aged 10 – 19 years artistic development, life skill and community engagement coaching. We want to see our kids leave us with confidence, ambition and genuine excitement for what their futures hold. Inspire the Fire was an America’s Got Talent Season 7 Finalist, chosen as “Community Group of the Year” by Charlotte Leadership, and selected by Oprah Winfrey to perform at Maya Angelou’s memorial service. We were also honored with an “Inspire the Fire Day” by four Charlotte Mayors.


July 22 – July 24

Interested in getting a head start on learning material for The Xperience? Then our new BOOTCAMP is for you. We are hosting BOOTCAMP from Monday, July 22 through Wednesday, July 24 at CPCC. BOOTCAMP runs each day from 6:30 to 8 PM.

Registration Fee $25

2019 ITF Xperience:
July 29 – August 4

The 2019 XPERIENCE will be held at the Central Uptown campus of CPCC and is open to youth ages 10 – 21 from across Charlotte and surrounding areas.
Take part in this amazing youth summer event and ‘XPERIENCE’ what Inspire the Fire is all about.

Registration Fee: $35


Become an ITF Young Professional and then choose your major—dance, voice, theater, spoken word, rap and visual arts.


Aid us in our mission of inspiring change here in our home city of Charlotte, NC. Become an ITF donor today!


Become an ITF Firelighter and help at events, assist with fundraising and help us increase our community visibility.

“Music is my passion,

so I loved that ITF used it and the other arts to inspire young professionals to be better and go for more in their lives. It’s amazing to see not only the talent develop in these kids, but their confidence and life skills. And after meeting Dennis and the kids, I knew I had to get involved.”

– Jonathan Stewart, Board Member

Inspire the Fire LIVE

Our Events

Inspired Events

Throughout the year, our Inspire the Fire team hosts special events to showcase our young professionals, promote our organization and raise funds.

Our Performances

ITF is lucky enough to perform regularly in and around Charlotte. Our young professionals have even been invited to perform by Oprah Winfrey!

Book ITF

Take your event to the next level while helping support our mission. Inspire the Fire is available for dance, music and performance pieces.

“When I first started Inspire the Fire as a 17 year old, I had no idea it would evolve into a movement…”

– Dennis Reed, Founder