Our mission is to enhance and enrich the lives of active and retired members of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families through a unique program incorporating therapeutic and social dancing with a variety of music and professional instruction.
We are raising funds to support our programs nationwide. We currently offer classes at military medical facilities and VA locations in 14 different locations from coast to coast. All of our classes are offered at no cost to the patient, and fully funded by grants and the generosity of donors. The money that we raise through this fundraiser will go directly to helping veterans who are recovering from a variety of issues as a result of their service to our country, including but not limited to: post-traumatic stress and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTS/PTSD), traumatic brain injury (TBI), military sexual trauma (MST), and limb amputation.
When we first began offering classes, our focus was with patients working on balance on coordination with their prosthetic limbs. Therapists quickly saw that the benefits these patients were receiving could also apply to those with TBI. In addition to balance and coordination, memory recall and multi-function activities became important visible results. Because salsa dancing is such a social activity, it has also been invaluable to patients with PTS/PTSD and victims of MST. Common symptoms of PTS/PTSD and MST include an aversion to close contact, avoidance of new activities and new surroundings, and reluctance to meet new people. Our classes provide a safe place for patients to not only learn a new activity, but also work on several of the most common symptoms. It is not uncommon to see patients laughing, smiling, and engaging with new people each week.