Tango for Everything

We are so honored to be acknowledged for the work we do.  You see, the Fordney Foundation is where lots of smiles and good times originate from. One of the things this organization does, is bring  ballroom dance to the lucky schools who participate in our  DREAM dance program.  

We got so many “thank you letters” from the children who participated in our program, we thought we would let them speak for themselves.  We really appreciate these letters and hope you enjoy them, as much as we did!

Right now, Colfax Charter Elementary School and Woodlake Community Charter Schools, 4thand 5thgraders, 370 students in all, participate in this 30- week dance program with their talented, professional dancer and teacher, Erica Arnold.  Erica loves to teach young students to dance and the students love her back for doing so!  Some of the dances these students learned were: Tango, Syncopated Hustle, Nightclub 2 Step, Cha Cha, Foxtrot, Samba and Tango. Every year, after the course, we have a DREAM Showcase, so the students can share what they learned with their families and friends.

DREAM stands for Discover, Respect, Express, Achieve, Motivation.  This non-profit program is entirely funded by the Fordney Foundation.  It is the brainchild of Marilyn Fordney, director of Fordney Foundation and Erica Arnold, professional dancer and dance instructor.  Together they came up with a 30-week dance program to teach children to dance.

To find out more about DREAM, you can follow the DREAM program on:  Twitter – @dreamdanceprogram.  If you are interested in taking dance lessons, find out more about it by contacting Erica at EA Dance:  eadancela@gmail.com and find out about all of their dance programs.

If you would like to help many more children to learn to ballroom dance, contribute to our DREAM program by  going to www.fordneyfoundation.org and click on the “Donate” tab and scroll down to “Go Fund Me” button or you can send a check directly to the foundation at the address that appears on the website at the end of that page.

**We have received contributions from individuals who would like to have a dear relative or friend who passed on remembered that loved to dance or was a dance aficionado.  We call these memorial contributions.  Perhaps you would like to have someone memorialized in this manner.  Make a donation and give us their name.  We will soon put on our website a yellow brick road to add their name to a brick as a memorial to that person.  This contribution will assist future generations of dancers and help keep young people more positive and healthy.

Thought For The Week:  

Where words fail, music speaks and dancers make that music come alive!



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 https://slowmotiondancevideos.com/