An individualized plan can be created for each participant beginning with group dance lessons. From there, participants are welcome to explore their interest in individual dance lessons, creating a show dance to perform at events or recitals, prepare for a competition, and / or participate in social dance events in the community.
Ballroom dancing lessons are typically very expensive and exclusive. GoDance wants to make them accessible for everyone, especially people with disabilities! GoDance focuses on people with disabilities because of all the benefits associated with dance and the impact they can have on someone with disabilities.
Some of those benefits associated with dance include:
• Enriching your mental health
• Empowering yourself physically
• Expanding your social circle
• Expressing yourself emotionally
Scholarships will be made available for anyone with financial constraints who would like to participate and private lessons will be available for anyone who is interested.
GoDance partners with Fred Astaire Dance Studio – Fort Wayne (FADS-FW) to provide ballroom dance lessons to people with disabilities. The staff at FADS – FW have been certified in wheelchair ballroom dance from the International Paralympic Committee and provides ewheelchair ballroom dance group classes in partnership with Turnstone.
FADS-FW staff have also had an adaptive dance program for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities at Easterseals ARC for 15+ years. This program expanded in July 2021 to include classes at Easterseals Passages in Columbia City and Easterseals RISE in Angola. It currently teaches ballroom dance to around 80 people per week.
We would love to see more people hearing about out programs and interested in being involved. This includes volunteers who would like to dance with people with disabilities. GoDance will provide training to anyone who would like to volunteer to ensure the safety of the people with disabilities and themselves as the volunteer. This would also include education to reduce the stigma around people with disabilities and encourage more inclusion and integration into the community. Contact us now!