Culture Through Ballroom Dancing
”Culture through Ballroom Dance, Ltd.", a 501 (c) (3) non-profit corporation, was chartered March of 2007 following a ballroom dance pilot project for the Kanas City Missouri School District in the Spring of 2006. William Jewell College dance instructors, Dr. Will Adams and Paula Marie Daub, began the program by teaching 5th graders to dance in four of the district's public schools . After only 10 lessons, some 70 student dancers had the rewarding experience of performing on stage before an audience of several hundred people as part of the district’s "All City Music Festival," which also includes choral and instrumental music.
Our subsequent annual ballroom dance festivals have featured nearly 200 students each, who also performed for school carnivals, Cinco de Mayo celebration, school assemblies, PTA, and senior citizen centers.
The Kansas City Missouri School Districts ballroom dance festival in May of 2010 included high school students for the first time and a special wheel chair dance performance which was covered by the local news.
In 2007 through 2010 the program has significantly expanded the number of classes and schools served, and continues to expand to include as many schools as resources will allow. To date we have provided ballroom dance lessons to 3 public school districts as well as two private high schools and 4 public high schools, as well as a whole class of wheelchair dancers and their partners. Our goal is for all students to have the opportunity to experience the benefits that ballroom dance lessons provide.