Reflections/Going Forward

It is the aim of the Fordney Foundation to help young dancers who embrace ballroom dance and want to expand their careers.  The Fordney Foundation also brings dancing to elementary schools where no program like it exists.  Dancing makes us happy and enriches our lives.  Please reflect with us on some of the many things that the Fordney Foundation achieves and continues to work on; as it is our mission to expand and reach out to more young dancers applying for grants.

Best of the Best Pre-Teen Winners at OSB 2017, Photo by Alex Havasi

Recap of 2018

–  Our DREAM elementary school program continues to strive with two showcases in January and the end of May.   The Fordney Foundation received a Certificate of Recognition from the California Senate issued for the DREAM program in 2018.

–  Our annual $5,000 Brigham Young University scholarship awarded to deserving young striving dancers

–  The nationwide dance competition series that includes 10 top Latin, 10 top Standard winners, Best of the Best, Three teams in the team match and top studio recognition. This extraordinary competition event opportunity has gone international and now includes Toronto and Montreal as well as all the United States

–  Fordney Foundation is a proud sponsor of Brigitt Mayer’s new dance history video for DanceArchives, “A Talk With Sam Sodano”

–  The Ladies of Ballroom CD music album project; a unique compilation of music specifically designed for competitions with some of the proceeds going to Fordney Foundation

–  Fordney Foundation was a sponsor at the prestigious Emerald Ball Dancesport Competition held in Los Angeles on May 6, 2018

–  Fordney Foundation contributes monthly articles to dance publications: Dance Week and Dance Beat as well as monthly online articles for Dance Benefits Group

–  Some interviews taken during the year include (Brigitt Mayer, Brent Thomas Mills of “Ladies of Ballroom” project, Wayne Eng, Entrepreneur/Organizer of the Emerald Ball,  pre-teen winners and parents at Emerald Ball, Brilliant DanceSport Studio owner Nina Estrina and Ilta Dance Studio owner, Ilana Meshkausk)

–  Participation in the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s gala for Man and Woman of the Year an event that raised more than $400,000

–  Promotion by Erica Arnold and Artemi Okunev of our DREAM program at Warner Center’s Concerts on the Green with the Valley Cultural Center

–  Website featured monthly spotlights of upcoming ballroom dance competitions

–  Monthly MailChimp campaigns for fundraising

–  Continual social networking on Facebook and Twitter

Emerald Ball 5-6-18, Photo by Alex Havasi

Projected for 2019

–  Continue the DREAM program at more elementary schools

–  Give our annual Brigham Young University scholarship

–  A new item for those dancers competing in the over 40+ dance comps across the U.S. who win at their level will be given special Fordney Foundation pendants that they can wear that recognizes their accomplishment

–  Release of the music of the Ladies of Ballroom CD album

–  Future blogs to be featured on our website can include dance style, beauty tips, the spiritual aspect of dancing, dances of a country, how dancing relates to the world around us and so much more

DREAM Showcase 5-31-18, Photo by Alex Havasi

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. While there are many individuals and programs committed to providing children with the opportunity to experience DanceSport, the funding available to allow children to participate in these programs is limited. Your donations help fund award grant monies to individuals who pursue dance as a career who are either dependents attending school 6 to 18 years of age or dependents 19 to 25 years of age who do not have the means to support their dancing.

We would be pleased if you wished to donate to the Fordney Foundation, our cause is simple and true.  Please go to and click on the DONATE button for further details on the many ways to donate.

Thought Of The Week:

Giving is the master key to success, in all applications of human life –  Bryant McGill


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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