Freedom Through Dance is organized exclusively for charitable and educational purposes within the meaning of Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended. The specific purpose and objectives of the Foundation shall include, but not be limited to, the following:
- To award dance scholarships to individuals with physical disabilities;
- To recruit and certify ballroom dance studios and instructors;
- To provide coaching to dance instructors at accredited dance studios;
- To monitor results from and compensate studios/instructors for providing lessons.
Students who were provided limited and often non-compelling options for physical activities found that ballroom dance was not only physically demanding, but also provided the following benefits:
- Increased balance and agility
- Sharpened mental acuity
- Improved social skills by requiring interaction with dance instructors and other students
- Connection to local community through dance parties held at studios and local competitions
- Improved spatial recognition from learning floor craft (moving around a dance floor as a leader or as a responder)
- Constant exposure to music and environments where people are always happy with their chosen vocation in ball room dance
By enabling individuals with physical disabilities to participate in ballroom “dancesport,” students will be able to benefit physically and emotionally and discover pathways to more active and socially engaged lives.