The Dance Vision Team is personally motivated to give the gift of dance, especially to those who might need it
Founder & CEO
In 1981, I lost my brother to suicide after his battle with Schizophrenia. I can remember seeing him struggle, taking him to the behavioral health hospital, and feeling hopeless in my attempts to help him. It is not until recently that I have unpacked this traumatic period in my life, and made it a mission to help those whose struggling with poor mental health or diagnosed mental illness.
I always joke that I walked into a dance studio after watching Saturday Night Fever. It's half true—though what I was really doing was searching for an escape from a painful time. Dance changed my life for the better, and I am determined to let that happen for others, too.
In 2019, I hit rock bottom. I felt an emptiness that grew and green into a bottomless pit. Happiness had never felt so far removed. I hadn't showered in weeks, I slept morning, noon, and night. I considered taking my own life. I was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder.
I made a change; I started dancing again. And to no surprise, dance welcomed me with open arms. Dance lessons feel like trips to Disneyland. Waking up to a performance or dance competition on my calendar makes every morning feel like Christmas morning.
With dance, life has joy and meaning that I forgot existed. It is my life's purpose to share this with others.
Our mission is to create a world where everyone has a chance to dance.
What we know
Dance is a refuge
A studio is an oasis. The community is a safe haven. What opportunities does dance give to improve mental health in adults and children?
Benefits of dance
What are the proven and perceived benefits of dance?
Dance releases Dopamine when listening to joyful music, Oxytocin when dancing with others, Serotonin from feeling a sense of meaning and connectedness with others, and Endorphins from moving the body & sweating.
We ask you
How has dance changed your life?
We'd love to hear your story. Email us how dance has changed your life at [email protected]
"Dance is escapism"
Dance is escapism from the normal/usual world. It is a way to express things I cannot put into words. A way to express my feelings to music. A technical challenge to accomplish; good exercise for my mind and body! A wonderful way to connect with others.
Some of the happiest hours my husband and I have spent together have been when we were dancing; and I discovered a whole group of friends because of it as well.
"Who I am"
Dance is an expression of myself. Dance is is my spirituality, my prayer in movement. It involves me as a whole person: physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritual. Dance is a physical expression of the beauty of who I am as human.