Summer of Love is Back!

It’s time once again for Summer of Love!

What is Summer of Love?

It’s one of our biggest fundraising campaigns of the year where we come together to celebrate the joy of dancing! Did you know that music and the memories of your favorite songs reach parts of the brain that trigger a mind-body connection unlike any typical therapy? We are ready to groove and improve to the sounds of the 60s!

Help us this Summer to:

1. Fundraise $50,000 with the first $15,000 being matched by our generous Board of Directors
2. Expand to new studios
3. Launch our research study with UCI
4. Start a mentor program within the nonprofit to connect and motivate participants who are newly diagnosed
5. Themed music, themes classes, themed parties, and themed performances for all participants!

Will you make a difference in someone’s life by giving them the gift of ballroom dance?

Three Years of Changing Lives

It’s Rx Ballroom Dance’s anniversary!

In the last three years, we have:

  • Added virtual classes
  • Increased class enrollment
  • Added new classes at new locations
  • Hired additional staff.

More people than ever are discovering the power of a healthy lifestyle through dance. We are so proud of our participants and so grateful for our supporters!

If you’re into data, check out these numbers!

It’s Giving Tuesday! Double your donation up to $5,000!

DOUBLE YOUR DONATION UP TO $5,000 WHEN YOU DONATE THIS HOLIDAY SEASON

 

 

What a Bright Time.  It’s the Right Time! 

Imagine if everyone who has been diagnosed with a neurological disorder had access to the power of ballroom dance therapy. At Rx Ballroom Dance, this is what we envision every day. Imagine that we could provide all participants, free of charge, the power of resilience and hope. What if all who struggle with neurological and movement disorders had the ability to experience better posture, stronger recall and more joy? Could we change the face of treating Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and dementia?

At Rx Ballroom Dance, we know we can. We cultivate resilience through our ballroom dance program where we create ample opportunities for improved physical condition, increased cognitive function and added happiness. Even as we’ve pivoted our program to accommodate those who need to dance from home as well as those who can attend in person, we stay true to nurturing a sense of community. We cultivate resilience in our program for our participants’ care partners by supporting the bond that is formed when engaging in an activity that both partners can enjoy together. And we cultivate resilience through our networks with medical professionals, scientific researchers, movement disorder programs and physical therapists. With more individuals diagnosed with neurological disease every day, we need your help to grow our community of hope and resilience.

As we move into 2022, we invite you to look into the future with us. Please consider a donation to ensure we dance into 2022 together:

  • $25 funds a participant attend one class
  • $50 funds a participant and a caretaker attend class
  • $100 creates engaging and effective curriculum
  • $500 hires additional teachers for more classes
  • $1,000 funds our research with UCI
  • $5,000 funds new locations for additional classes

 

What a Bright Time, it’s the Right Time!

Giving Tuesday 2021 is just one week away and we have BIG GOALS here at Rx Ballroom Dance! From expanding class locations to scientific research, we are looking to raise $25,000 in our efforts to continue to bring the power of ballroom dance therapy to even more participants.

For every dollar you donate, our board of directors has generously agreed to match your donation up to $5,000. Thinking of giving a little this Giving Season? Double your impact today!

Final ‘Summer of Love’ Campaign Results Are In!

The final Summer of Love campaign results are in and O.M.G.!!! Between your generous donations, grants and matched funds, we raised $47,680 this summer! 🎉 🎉 🎉 🎉 🎉

We at Rx Ballroom Dance are filled with love and gratitude for the amazing support our community has shown us. We literally could not do this work without YOU!

As we move into the Fall season, we are excited to be able to begin expanding to offer more classes to more people in need of the incredible health benefits ballroom dancing provides.

THANK YOU! ❤️ ❤️ ❤️ ❤️

It’s the last week of Summer of Love

The Rx Ballroom Dance community is AMAZING!

We completely CRUSHED our Summer of Love goal of raising $10k for the Rx Ballroom Dance program, which has been successfully improving the quality of life in people struggling with neurodegenerative conditions.

The survey results from our own participants speak for themselves:

  • 78% of our current participants reported physical improvement including balance, coordination and decreased stiffness
  • 89% reported cognitive improvement including recall and retention
  • 100% reported social and emotional improvement!

Success like this combined with the increased demand for the Rx Ballroom program during our Summer of Love campaign tells us it’s time to expand our program.

There’s no reason to wait. People struggling with Parkinson’s and other neurodegenerative conditions need us NOW!

Expansion will include hiring new teachers and adding additional classes, which of course means additional cost.

After crushing our original goal of $10k, our matching sponsors for the Summer of Love proposed a new challenge – raise another $5k by September and they will match it too!

We have just a week left. Will you help us go the distance?

Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop!

We did it!

Thanks to your generosity, we smashed our $10k goal for the Summer of Love!

Our matching sponsors are thrilled AND since we hit our goal so successfully, they think we can do even more. Especially given that the demand for our program has also grown tremendously. Since we started offering both in-person and online classes, enrollment has increased by 100%!

Not surprising though. We know how effective ballroom dance can be at improving balance, coordination, memory recall, and mood, among other things. The results from our own participants speak for themselves:

  • 78% of our current participants reported physical improvement including balance, coordination and decreased stiffness
  • 89% reported cognitive improvement including recall and retention
  • 100% reported social and emotional improvement!

The increased demand and survey results from our current participants tell us we need to expand our program sooner than expected. There’s no reason to wait. People struggling with Parkinson’s and other neurodegenerative conditions need us now!

Expansion will include hiring new teachers and adding additional classes, which of course means additional cost.

So our matching sponsors for the Summer of Love proposed a new challenge – raise another $5k by September and they will match it too!

Will you help us go the distance this summer?

We’re so close! Help us reach our Summer of Love goal.

Wow wow wow!  Halfway through the Summer of Love and we’ve raised 75% of our $10,000 fundraising goal! We are so grateful to all of our supporters for helping us bring ballroom dance to people who truly benefit physically, mentally and emotionally.

There is still more dancing to do though; so don’t stop the music just yet.

Even though ballroom dance is proven to diminish and prevent the effects of neurological diseases, health insurance providers won’t pay for the cost of lessons. That’s where Rx Ballroom comes in. We are committed to providing FREE lessons to any participant that suffers from a neurological disease such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, or dementia.

Help us keep our participants grooving through the rest of the Summer of Love.

Summer of LOVE starts this week!

June 1st marks the launch of our SUMMER OF LOVE!

Join us for a 1960’s dance extravaganza with Mambo & East Coast Swing…and to keep you on your toes and feeling groovy, we’ll sprinkle in some twists and shimmeys. Journey back with us to a time of love, peace, and so much great music and dancing.

June is all about flower power, so get your flower crowns and floral shirts ready! There is always something for everyone. Each and every class starts from the beginning, and all levels are welcome. No experience necessary. Bring your caregiver too!

Remember, regular dance, movement & choreography are a fun, easy way to a healthier and happier you!! We incorporate PWR movements with Ballroom dances and techniques to help overcome brain fog, increase energy, decrease muscle stiffness and chase the blues away. Let’s increase that dopamine with some great music, dance & fun!

Challenge your body and your brain with Rx Ballroom Dance! Get a cardio workout, test your memory and challenge your coordination all in just 30 minutes, three times a week.

Classes are now available both in person and over Zoom. Check the calendar for details.

So what are you waiting for? Let’s get moving together!