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.
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.
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.
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.