Lindsey Dechant, our founder, professional ballroom dancer and accredited dance teacher was aware of both the expense and need for people to engage in this wonderful form of exercise and social interaction, when she stared teaching some disabled friends to dance.
“There should be a way to help those with disabilities be able to do ballroom dance more,” thought Lindsey. “This is one of the best forms of exercise I know, and with ballroom dance so popular now, it’s great for social interaction.”
FTDF Organization Beginnings
FTDF is a Colorado non-profit organization formed in February of 2013 to provide educational and charitable assistance to individuals with physical disabilities so that they may learn ballroom dance and compete in ballroom dance competitions. FTDF was conceived by its Founder Lindsey Dechant. Ms. Dechant’s experience as a professional ballroom dancer and teacher has led her to work with people in wheelchairs and people with hearing and visual disabilities. The formation of FTDF was inspired by and designed to expand upon Ms. Dechant’s on-going work in teaching individuals with physical disabilities to ballroom dance.
It is this experience and these observations that led Ms. Dechant to conceive of FTDF. FTDF is dedicated to providing education, training, and assistance to persons with physical disabilities to: take ballroom dance lessons; dance in social settings; and, attend and participate in ballroom dance competitions throughout the United States. As part of these efforts, FTDF will also build a team of qualified dance professionals across the United States to whom it may direct persons with physical disabilities to obtain education and instruction in ballroom dance.
Why Ballroom Dance
Ballroom dance is an ideal pursuit for those persons with physical disabilities that are looking for inclusive physical activity. Ballroom dancing is fundamentally a physical activity that builds strength and stamina. It helps develop and maintain coordination, motor skills, and cognitive ability. It provides an outlet for artistic expression and provides opportunities for social interaction that have traditionally not been available to those with physical disabilities. Most importantly, because ballroom dance is an activity that must be performed with a partner, it provides persons with physical disabilities the ability to gauge and measure their individual progress while permitting them to take advantage of the guidance and safety a partner brings to the activity.