Dance Does It: World Games Austria
We are members of Dance Does It, a unified team of dancers, the majority with special needs/Down Syndrome. We are honored and excited to be invited to perform in Austria at the World Dance Contest being held as part of the 2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games! HOWEVER, because dance is not yet an official sport (it is a demonstration competition currently) WE MUST PAY ALL OUR EXPENSES & RAISE FUNDS ON OUR OWN. We cannot yet channel through Special Olympics even though we are going to champion for all of the dancers world-wide who hold faith and hope it will soon be an officially recognized sport! The good news is Dance Does It IS a 501(c)(3) charity and all donations are tax-deductible!
We are very proud to represent NE Ohio and the USA at the World Games under the guidance of certified LaBlast instructor and founder of Dance Does It, Mary Beth Castell. We are practicing regularly, bonding as a team and love all the things that dance does for us. However, our concern is the very high price tag for the trip!
Our expenses include airfare and lodging costs prior to the trip and we'll need additional funds for meals, costumes, and other costs related to a 9 day trip for our large team. Not only do we compete in the Dance Contest but we perform during the week in Olympic villages and will also take part in a LaBlast dance number as part of the Closing Ceremonies. To learn more check out our website: www.DanceDoesIt.org
It would mean the world to us if you could help this dream become a reality by donating to our team. Every dollar will be highly appreciated and they do add up. Perhaps you can donate in honor of someone you know who is also Special Needs... We are most grateful and we hope to serve as role models and help change perceptions about intellectual disability. As your gifts inspire us, we will keep inspiring others! Thank you very much for your generosity. We will post updates so please check back. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!
Team members are practicing often, seeking donations, writing thank you notes, making invitations for our Olympic Gala, and so much more. I'm so very proud to be their coach!
Thanking you in advance! xo