a non-profit 501(c)3 company
Dance Instructor Coodinator
Dance Instructor, Ballroom Specialty
Copyright 2017 – Wheelchair Dancers Organization.
Thank you to the people that make it happen!
Queensland state champion and Australian national finalist. He moved to California at the age of 15 and continued competing in the open Pro-Am category, winning three US National and two Ohio Star Ball championships. Since turning professional he has worked in stage productions including the premiere world tour of Burn the Floor and for five years as a headlining entertainer and choreographer on Royal Caribbean, Norwegian and Silversea Cruise Lines. Film and television credits include a featured dancer role in the Sony motion picture Dance with Me and an appearance on ABC TV’s Dancing with the Stars. Jason enjoys his new role of choreographing adaptive Ballroom and Latin dances for the wheelchair dancers and those that partner with them.
The Wheelchair Dancers Organization is delighted to welcome Jason Rivers as their lead dance instructor.
Jason began dancing in his homeland of Australia at the age of 11. He trained in the 10
International Standard and Latin dances with his parents, former Australian champions and
World finalists Ray and Robbie Rivers. As a junior competitor he was undefeated
“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.”
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.