Perspective: Who We Are and What We Do

I would like to share with our friends and readers a perspective from one of our good friends, Galina Silverman.  Her son Loren Silverman and his partner, Monet Pinkett, just won First Place in Top 10 Latin Junior category at the 37th Ohio Star Ball. We are so very proud of them! They also placed J1 in the West Coast Latin Team along with Matteo Laudate and Kennedy Eaton. This is our foundation’s first year and the first time Junior Competition has ever been able to compete for a cash prize in this category.  We are proud and excited to be the very first organization, (Fordney Foundation) to bring Junior and Youth Dance Series’ to this event. Thank you Loren and Monet for a fabulous first year!  Way to go, you made history for the Fordney Foundation!

What I’d like to share with you now, is how Galina, Loren and Monet feel about their future in ballroom/dancesport via a wonderful email that came to Mrs. Fordney during Thanksgiving, written by Galina. By reading this email, you will see that the Fordney Foundation plays a vital part in helping children and young adults shape their future in dance. You will see how an event like the Ohio Star Ball creates a huge impression on its participants not often forgotten, and plays a big part in young ballroom dancers careers. I hope you will find Galina’s email as interesting, touching and inspirational as I did!

Dear Marilyn,

Where do I begin? Oh my! What an eventful trip!!!!

Ohio Star ball is truly a great competition to be part of! And we are all so thankful for people like you who make this event even more special. You are such a great inspiration! Watching you do such great deeds, kids look up to you and want to help others too! Its amazing what I have been hearing from my son lately.

Its a perfect time to say thanks and I wanted to take this opportunity to thank you for everything you do for young dancers. They get the chance to learn how to dance in public schools and on top of everything, many competitive dancers have been recognized for the efforts they put in, in all competitions, throughout the year! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

There was no videography allowed in the ballroom, so I did not tape Loren & Monet during their dancing, rather ordered video from the videographers. But when I saw so many parents video taping, I thought, why wouldn’t I? I felt like the Team match would be very interesting to watch, so I decided to video tape the whole thing! So glad I did!  Could not upload a 40 min video to youtube, so I split it in 4 parts.  So here it is.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Since it is almost Christmas and a time to give thanks and be thankful; one of the greatest gifts of joy is the Fordney Foundation.   Thank you Marilyn Fordney for sharing your gift of dance with me, Galina, Loren and Monet, to name a few!

Many blessings of the season to you all,

Thought of the Week:

Life is not a competition (although the world of dance can be).  Find the stuff that makes your soul sing and dance and be your own uniquely beautiful self.



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