Down For Dance

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DOWN FOR DANCE (DFD) is a dance program for individuals with Down syndrome, and is driven by a deep passion to develop and offer quality programming for those populations that are not normally exposed to artistic forms of expression. 

DFD was established in 2017 and has since more than doubled in size. We are currently serving over 45 dancers in the Long Beach and Orange County areas with a vision of spreading DFD across the globe so that all individuals with Down syndrome have access to high quality dance classes.

This program was founded by Annie and Sari Anna who met while both were involved in a past passion project and have been working side-by-side ever since. For different reasons they have both been drawn towards dancers within the Down syndrome community, so DOWN FOR DANCE was created. 

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Whats your story?

To empower individuals with Down syndrome to build a stronger sense of self through dance. 

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What is the mission of your organization?

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What will you do with the funds donated?

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We are beyond grateful to Hope Seekers' overwhelming and generous support. All funds received will go towards providing a fun, unique and empowering opportunity for an individual with Down syndrome. 

Several of our dancers are on full or partial scholarships. We have never turned a dancer away for financial hardship, so these funds will afford dancers in financial need the opportunity to continue to train and perform. 

Due to the high demand, we are continuing to grow. We would also use the funds to train and hire additional instructors so we can add more classes, therefore reaching a larger portion of the Down syndrome community.

What else would you like our donors to know about you?

Down syndrome is the most common genetic condition in the US. About 1 in 700 babies are born with Down syndrome in the US, meaning about 6,000 babies are born with Down syndrome in this country each year. Taking these numbers into account, it is clear that the Down syndrome community makes up a significant part of the population. This community is underserved, especially when it comes to the arts, and our goal is to change this imbalance by continuing to offer quality programming. 

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