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.
Wheelchair Dancers Organization (WDO) believes that dance can be experienced by all. We are dedicated to broadening opportunities and creating an inclusive environment for all abilities, ages and backgrounds. Our aim is to benefit and empower the body, mind and spirit through the art of dance.
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, Hiphop, Bollywood, and other popular dance forms.
Beverly Weurding was 55 years old when she was diagnosed with Limb Girdle Muscular Dystrophy. At a time when most people are looking toward retirement, Beverly was navigating life as a new wheelchair user. With encouragement from her physical therapist, she created Wheelchair Dancers Organization to share her lifelong love of dance with others in the disabled community. To date, Wheelchair Dancers Organization has changed the lives of hundreds of dancers of all ages and mobiity levels.