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Change The world

TOGETHER We Can Change The World

Thanks to our friends and supporters we truly believe we can change the perception of dance for all abilities

01. Our Vision

The vision is to utilize dance as a vehicle to broaden opportunities and resolve issues of exclusion facing children and adults with physical challenges. Wheelchair dancing, with a standing dance partner, helps to mitigate the isolation that many disabled individuals experience each day of their lives.

02. Our MISSION

The mission of Wheelchair Dancers Organization is to provide inclusive dance classes to all abilities, ages, and all levels of experience. Therefore, developing a community that benefits and empowers body, mind, and spirit of all. 

03. How We started

Wheelchair Dancers Organization (WDO) was founded in 2008. WDO became a 501(c)3, non-profit in 2010 which offers free social dance classes for the mobility challenged as an opportunity to experience the ultimate joy and empowerment of ballroom, Latin and Contemporary dance.

Our founder

Beverly Weurding
Beverly Weurding
founder, wheelchair dancers organization

Beverly Weurding was 55 years old when she was diagnosed with Limb Girdle Muscular Dystrophy. Muscle degeneration soon rendered her dependent on a wheelchair for mobility. It also exposed her to a feeling of isolation and depression. Due to her life-long passion for dance, the encouragement from her last employer, Sharp HealthCare and the Grossmont Rehabilitation Center.

Success Stories!

Our board

Our Board Members

Thuy Do

Board Chair & Community Outreach Director

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Dorothy Howard

Secretary

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Beverly Weurding

Founder, Board Treasurer

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Shana Lew

Board Member

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Our leadership team

Our leadership team members

Alyssa Bambrick

Marketing & Social Media Director

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Karma LaDonna

Dance & Event Director

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Michele Jones

Executive Director & Dance Instructor

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Birdie Fountain

Operations Director

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Pat Lang

Creative & Technical Director

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Eduard George

Support Staff

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Our advisory council

Our advisory council

Lisa Huggins

DIO Instructor/Fundraising Manager

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Catie Somers

Marketing / Advocate

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Óscar Hernández

Instagram/Video

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Mike Sanchez

Colours San Diego Rep.

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Andrea Rivera

Regional Center, Oceanside

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Richard Thrift

Website Specialist

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evan petros

Advocate

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Our instructors

Check out some of our amazing instructors

jason rivers

Latin Ballroom

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Michele Jones

Dance It Out Adaptive Fitness

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Lisa HUggins

Dance It Out Adaptive Fitness

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Karma la donna

Latin Ballroom

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Alyssa bambrick

Contemporary

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thuy do

Bollywood

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E’van Petros

HIp Hop,
Dance It Out Adaptive Fitness

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Andrea Rivera

Latin Jazz

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Ania Flatau

Dance It Out Adaptive Fitness,
Island Fusion

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Testimonials

Beverly Weurding
Testimonials

Thousands of Happy Customers All Around the World

“When I was 8 years old, my beloved Grandma suffered a stroke that left her unable to speak or walk for the rest of her life. As an Advisory Council member for WDO, I combine my life- long passion for dance with my compassion for people with disabilities and my professional expertise to help WDO get its story out and make a positive difference in more people’s lives.”
Dana Dubbs
Marketing Communications Consultant
I have made many new friends; and dancing lifts my spirits.”Sandra Spencer is a below-knee amputee and a faithful member of the Wheelchair Dancers Organization. She often dances in a wheelchair, but also, volunteers as a walking partner for other disabled dancers. She is interested in historic recreation, costuming, embroidery, reading, and she is a politically active. Wheelchair dancing has positively impacted her life.
Sandra Spencer
Roller
“It has been a wonderful experience! I am amazed and touched by the wheelchair dancers’ spirit, joy and determination.”Lou Gullans became inspired to join the Wheelchair Dancers Organization when she saw Beverly Weurding and her partner performing a beautiful waltz. Lou is a semi-retired registered nurse who finds nursing to be a rewarding profession that has brought great joy and satisfaction to her life. When she’s not dancing or working, Lou loves to spend time with her husband, four daughters, nine grandchildren and their cocker spaniel.
Lou Gullans
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