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Congratulations to our DREAM Girl and her Newly Arrived - DREAM Baby Girl

We wanted to send best wishes to our DREAM girl Erica Arnold, and her entire beautiful family. Her adorable baby girl was born on April 14, 2021. Her name is Zlata Okunev. She weighs 6 pounds, 7 ounces and is 19 inches long. Both mother and daughter are doing well.

We thought you might also enjoy these photos taken on March 14, 2021, of Erica and Artemi's Baby Shower.

Erica Arnold is the owner of EA Dance along with her husband Artemi Okunev. They have an adorable little boy named Radion, who I am sure will be a ballroom dancer too, someday. He was just waiting for his sister to show up, so now he has a partner, his sister Zlata!

To find out more about DREAM, you can follow the DREAM program on: Facebook – @dreamdanceprogram, Instagram – @dreamdanceprogram and Twitter – @DREAMdanceprog, as well as our Fordney Foundation website: Also you can read my Interview with Erica Arnold and learn more about the DREAM Dance Program, March 28, 2021.

The Fordney Foundation has newly added Virtual Dance Classes under the Programs heading at our website. There you will see Erica and her husband Artemi breakdown steps that anyone can easily follow for the Rumba, Hustle, Samba and Cha-Cha-Cha. If you always wanted to learn how to dance, here's your chance!

If you are interested in taking dance lessons, find out more about it by contacting Erica at EA Dance in Encino, CA and find out about all of their dance programs.

The Fordney Foundation is committed to helping children and young adults to realize their dreams of artistically expressing themselves through ballroom dancing. Program funding for the Fordney Foundation comes from tax-deductible donations and public fundraising.

Thought Of The Week:

"I shall take the heart. For brains do not make one happy, and happiness is the best thing in the world." - The Tin Man/Wizard of Oz

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Shane Meuwissen is the Media Specialist for Fordney Foundation.  He is a former dance instructor who know works with his company Slow Motion Dance Videos capture the beauty of dancing. If you would like to learn more about Shane and his video work, visit his website

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