Dare to Dance
Based in Orange County, CA, Dare to Dance is an organization dedicated to creating a fun-filled, inspiring experience for seniors and people with disabilities through the art of ballroom dance. We help individuals with a wide array of disabilities, injuries, and/or degenerative diseases learn exciting techniques, steps and choreography. Dancing is an incredibly powerful, therapeutic activity, and we believe our classes offer a great opportunity for all types of recovery and rehabilitation.
"Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass, it's about learning to dance in the rain." ~ Vivian Greene
We believe everyone should have the chance to enjoy dance, and through our Waltzing Wheelies program, they do! Focused on (but not limited to) wheelchair-bound individuals, this class travels to nursing homes and assisted living facilities. Participants get to enjoy a dynamic dance routine performed by our wonderful staff and volunteers. They are then invited to join in the fun and glide across the floor with our amazing teachers!
Meet the Team
Mandy is our lead ballroom instructor who also teaches private dance lessons through her Huntington Beach-based business, Surf City Ballroom. She has had a passion for working with individuals with special needs and disabilities for years and is proud to be a part of Dare to Dance.
Chairperson of the Board
A lifelong resident of Huntington Beach, Bonnie works as an agent at Star Real Estate. Her involvement with Dare to Dance is a way of giving to the community and is fueled by her love for the Orange County area and the people who call it home.
Joseph is a graduate of Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN with degrees in music performance and political science. He is also a graduate of Vanderbilt Law School and currently practices with the law offices of Poindexter & Doutre, Inc. in LA, CA. Joseph works with several charities in his legal practice and is excited to contribute to the development and growth of Dare to Dance.
Social Media Coordinator
Kim is a copywriter and blogger with years of experience in the digital marketing industry. She is proud to help spread the word and promote the inspiring cause behind Dare to Dance through social media.
Angela has three children and four grandchildren and is an accountant who currently works for H&R Block. She also has extensive experience in education, music, and the arts. Her involvement with Dare to Dance has provided an exciting opportunity to contribute to spreading her passion for artistic expression to the special needs community.
Tamara has home-educated her four children and now works with her husband in their family business, Baldwin Investments. As a parent of an adult who deals with learning challenges, she brings unique insights to the board. Tamara and her husband also love to dance!
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From the Tango to the Hustle, students can learn every type of ballroom dance through our Happy Feet program. Designed for special needs individuals who are 16+, this class focuses on social dancing techniques that our students need to own any dance floor! We have a 10-week session of classes starting April 4th at the Murdy Community Center in Huntington Beach! Come join us for some smooth moves and lively music! Wednesdays, 7-8 PM!
Murdy Community Center
7000 Norma Dr.
Huntington Beach, CA 92647
Upbeat music and smooth moves are what make our Military Mambo program so fun! Designed for military personnel suffering from injury, amputation, and/or PTS, this program promotes a healthy and active lifestyle through weekly classes with our teachers and trained volunteers. Students will learn exciting Mambo/Salsa steps, as well as other types of ballroom dance. Come join us for some dancing and camaraderie!
If you're interested in volunteering, we have plenty of opportunities for you! In our classes, you'll be paired up, one-on-one, with a student to dance with.
Don't know how to dance? Don't worry! No dance experience needed. We'll teach you everything you need to know to be a successful dance volunteer! Plus, training is FREE!
Get in touch today and help us make a difference! Contact us to get started.
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