a non-profit 501(c)3 company 

ID# 27-1829176

Wheelchair Dancers Organization

Jean Welsh


Maria NY


Glenn Thomson


Karma LaDonna

Dance Instructor Coodinator

Dana Dubbs


Jason Rivers

Dance Instructor, Ballroom Specialty

Shana Lew


Wanda Barber Sponsorship

Rob Graddy

Website Assistance

Mike Sanchez

Colorus Rep 

Copyright 2017 – Wheelchair Dancers Organization.

Adam Nelson


Changing Lives through Dance!

Thank you to the people that make it happen!

Liz Clarno

Recreational Therapist

Kevin A. Ver Hage

Board Member


Beverly Weurding


Dorothy Howard


Catie Somers



During his 20’s he took a break from competing and teaching to perform as a cruise ship entertainer, visiting over 70 countries around the globe. He currently lives in San Diego where he teaches competitive and social dancers of all levels and is thrilled to be the head instructor for the Wheelchair Dancers Organization.

Jason grew up in Australia and began dancing at age 11, following in the footsteps of his parents and older siblings, themselves celebrated dance champions. He has charted a successful competitive career that continues to this day, most recently winning events in American Smooth around the USA, including a title at the North American Championships.

“It’s my belief that wheelchair dancing can change one’s life forever. With wheelchair dancing one experiences the beauty, grace and inner satisfaction of dancing on wheels…

one roll, one stroke at a time.

We have no limitations except those we place upon ourselves.”

Beverly Weurding - Founder and CEO/President

Jason Rivers - Adaptive Dance Instructor

Seventeen years ago, Beverly Weurding,  was diagnosed with a degenerative disease called Muscular Dystrophy. 

Fueled by her passion to dance again, she gave birth to an unstoppable sequence of events that brought wheelchair dancing to what it is today. In 2008, with the support from Sharp Grossmont Hospital and funding from several Foundations and a dedicated dance director, the very first Ballroom and Latin Wheelchair Dance Program was launched on the West Coast. The free dance classes brought together wheelchair users and dance partners to experience the joy of social dancing.

About Us

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