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Wheelchair Dancers Organization Says Everybody Can Dance!


When life-long dancer Beverly Weurding was diagnosed with limb-girdle muscular dystrophy at the age of 55, she thought her days of doing the rumba and cha-cha would soon be over. Not ready to put away her dancing shoes, she was determined to find a way to continue and help other wheelchair users experience the same joy and passion she had come to know through dance. In 2008, with the support of Grossmont Hospital Rehabilitation Center, she founded the Wheelchair Dancers Organization. Since then, thousands of dancers have benefited from free lessons given by professional instructors of the highest caliber.

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WDO encourages wheelchair users to push beyond preconceived personal and societal limits by demonstrating that anyone and everyone can dance.

“We have no limitation except those we place on ourselves.”

– Beverly Weurding, Founder and CEO, Wheelchair Dancers Organization

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Throughout the year, WDO holds free classes for “rollers” (wheelchair participants) and “walkers” (able-bodied participants) alike in which several styles of dance are taught including couples ballroom and Latin (e.g., foxtrot, rumba, cha-cha), and hip-hop. Dance It Out (DIO) Adaptive Fitness classes that get people of all ages and abilities moving to more than 20 styles of dance from around the world are offered through a recent partnership with Billy Blanks Jr.

Classes are open to everybody and adapted to all abilities and ages.

wheelchair-dance-organization-2After completing a 4-8 week course, students wishing to show off their newly acquired talents may participate in the annual “Everybody Can Dance” showcase and fundraiser. This year’s “Dancing from the Heart” themed event will be held on September 30 at Balboa Park Club in San Diego from noon to 4 pm. Spectators will enjoy watching Beverly Weurding and lead dance instructor, Jason Rivers, open the showcase to the timeless tune “You Make Me Feel So Young.” A hip-hop performance choreographed by Sarah Vaaler featuring kids Emma Mondragon, and Angelo and Gracie Sanchez, accompanied by adults Andrea Rivera and Twee Do, is also sure to be a crowd-pleaser. Rivers will shimmy across the stage a second time with WDO Dance Coordinator Karma LaDonna to “Once Upon a Dream.” Jean Welsh, WDO’s oldest dancer at 93, alongside her partner Lou Guillan and two other female couples, will end the show with “Girls Just Want to Have Fun.”

wheelchair-dance-organization-17Before intermission, make sure to put in a bid for one of the silent auctions or buy a raffle ticket for your chance to win a prize. All collected funds go toward providing free dance classes throughout the year. Stick around until the curtain closes when audience members will get to bust a move on the dance floor with the stars of the show, led by Dance it Out Adaptive Fitness with Michele “Dance Me Fit” Jones. More details on the showcase can be found in the brochure.

When asked why people should take up dancing, Marketing Director, Patee Spurlock, said:

We are very blessed to have the bodies that God gave us. Dancing really helps boost our health and stimulate our brain with endorphins and happy feelings. It gets us out socializing with other people. The bond shared between rollers and walkers is just amazing; it’s almost like euphoria. Dancing enhances our lives and warms our souls. It’s a form of medication.

Who can refute that after seeing these smiles?

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Get Involved!

Ready to dance? Whether you’re a “roller” or “walker,” check out the classes offered by WDO here: www.wheelchairdancers.org/offerings/

Looking for a way to give back? Find information on volunteering here: www.wheelchairdancers.org/volunteer/

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Feeling generous? Make a tax-deductible donation here: www.wheelchairdancers.org/donate/

Follow WDO on Facebook and watch various performances on their YouTube channel.

About the Authorbetsy-bailey-headshot

Betsy Bailey has a diverse background including experience in marketing research at American Express, business operations and client relations with 601am, travel and culinary writing with VegDining, and playing volleyball professionally overseas.

Betsy is excited to get back into writing, something she’s adored since childhood, and thoroughly enjoys the process of getting to know her interviewees. On top of her work with Wheel:Life, she also teaches students learning English as a second language, speaks French fluently, and travels any chance she gets!

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