Since I joined the danceability family in 2009, first as a volunteer and now as the Chairman of the Board of Directors, I haven’t been shy about sharing the organization with anyone who will listen. It’s a pretty amazing story! I’ve watched the organization grow from one small studio, to two larger studios serving more and more students each year. I’ve watched our full year dance program be supplemented by great summer programming, workshops for families and our Fitness Frenzy classes, with more ideas in the works. Most importantly, I’ve watched our dancers grow, experience the joy of mastering a new step and radiate with pride when they perform each May on stage.
What continues to amaze me most is the fact that danceability isn’t receiving federal or state funding of any kind. Danceability has been fortunate to receive support from local foundations, individual donors and the most incredible volunteers we could ask for. Our dancers do pay a tuition to attend classes, but to offer the outstanding programming I see every week, it takes more.
When I talk about danceability in the community, people are always asking me how they can help out. Many don’t feel comfortable dancing in the studio, but want to give back in other ways. There are so many ways to get involved and become a part of the danceability family without ever having to point your toes in dance class.
So how can you get involved?
Check out four easy ways YOU can help continue to grow danceability!
We are always in need of classroom volunteers to assist our dancers. Nearly every dancer is paired up with their own volunteer who encourages, helps and offers a hand when our dancers need it. If that doesn’t sound like something you would enjoy, we need event and committee volunteers who help out at our fundraisers throughout the year and make sure things run smoothly.
We are also looking for more individuals to join our Board of Directors (especially those with a background in law, marketing, insurance and human resources).
We will put any donation given to good use. Donations support our dancers directly in so many ways! Donors can make a one-time donation or set up a recurring donation. We also have many individuals who donate scholarships to help dancers attend who may not have been able to otherwise. The United Way kicked off their campaign in September, and you can also automatically deduct money each paycheck to come to danceability – ask your HR representative how!
We are also fortunate to be one of the recipients of the Embrace The Difference line of jewelry. For every purchase made, a portion of sales are donated to a local charity. You can also help us raise money by using GoodSearch or AmazonSmile; you just need to designate danceability as your charity of choice!
We will be hosting a few fundraisers throughout the year to support our programs. Our first one will be on Sunday, November 16th at J’s White Elephant. We hope you can join us for our Dinner Night Out. Check out our website and Facebook page for updates on all our fundraisers during the year.
We also encourage everyone to come and see our Annual Performances in May. You can already get the date on your calendar now…our 8th Annual Performances will be held on Saturday, May 9th!
We are active on Facebook and Twitter so make sure you follow us today – and share our events and updates with your friends. By simply hitting that share button, you are helping to spread the word. You never know who might see it.
I also encourage you to sign up to receive our monthly e-newsletters if you are not already. They are a great way to stay in touch with everything going on at the studio!
They say it takes a village, and at danceability we wouldn’t be able to keep providing the programming we do without support from the community. We are so fortunate to have so many people who are a part of the danceability family, and we look forward to continuing to not only grow our programming, but our family as well.
Thank you for being a part of our family, for reading our blog, for your donations, for volunteering in the classroom and for talking about danceability in the community. Together, we are making a big difference in the lives of our dancers and their families.
We are excited to begin to spotlight some of our donors and volunteers on our blog. Stay tuned for those posts in the coming weeks!
– Krystal Sondel