We hold the simple belief that everyone who desires to participate and compete in Ballroom Dancing deserves a fair and equal chance to succeed. Therefore, our program provides Children and Youth of all incomes and abilities with athletic training, experiential learning, and life skills courses that invest in their short and long-term success.
We create access to and combat the unaffordability of Ballroom Dancing for those who else wise would be excluded from participating without our direct assistance. Our program provides a positive healing space for Children and Youth in our communities and promotes healthy physical, mental, and social development. We enhance the quality of life for children by encouraging creativity and self-expression, influencing a productive and innovative future society.
Our program provides individuals of all ages and abilities the opportunity to engage and participate in dance and invests in our athletes’ physical, mental, and social enhancement.
We recognize the true and meaningful impact that dance has on individuals from all walks of life and backgrounds, including disabilities, financial disadvantages, and other barriers that society establishes to isolate the demographics of most vulnerable people.
The Aspen Institute report, “Sport for All, Play for Life,” offers great ideas for building healthy communities with universal access to sports.
The Assistant Secretary for Health at the U.S. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) reports, “Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, 2nd edition,” that youth need at least 60 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity each day for good health. Yet, a majority of youth are not moving enough.
- Youth who are physically active are healthier, have less body fat, and exhibit improved cognition and mental performance.
- Sports offer additional benefits in developing physical literacy and essential life skills, but participation numbers are significantly lowering in the U.S., especially for girls, racial and ethnic minorities, and youth from households of low socioeconomic status, and youth with a disability.
The cost of participation in sports continues to be a significant barrier for youth and families across the country. According to HHS, close to 60% of parents reported spending between $250 and $2,500 on sports programming each year. In addition, youth sports is an estimated 15 billion-dollar industry fueled by a pay-to-play model that often focuses on specialization rather than positive youth development.
The National Youth Sports Strategy provides actionable strategies to increase awareness of the benefits of participation in sports.
We unite to ensure access to safe, fun, inclusive, and accessible youth sports opportunities. Together we create an environment in which youth can foster a lifelong love of sports and physical activity that will benefit them throughout their lives and lead to a healthier and more active notion.