Melanie O’Dowd  –  Executive Director Phone: (865) 621-8273 Email:

Sunshine Ambassadors Inc

Melanie O’Dowd  –  Executive Director Phone: (865) 621-8273 Email:

About Us

Our Mission: Enriching the Lives of Individuals with Disabilities through Dance!


Sunshine Ambassadors uses our knowledge of individuals with Disabilities and some of the mental and physical challenges that some students face. 

We use Choreography Techniques that keep in mind balance, focus, sensory, processing, cognitive, and other issues that may delay or hinder a student from regular dance class moves. 

Our Dance numbers are choreographed with additional time between movements. Movements are also adapted for those who have physical limitations, including those who use wheelchairs, braces, or gait trainers.

We use Teaching Techniques of modeling, repetition, verbal cues, and some hand over hand as needed.

Repetition is also strengthened through weekly class practice and a take-home DVDs.

Who Can Dance?


SA is designed to serve non-typical students, all of our students have some sort of disability. Many have Down Syndrome, CP, Epilepsy, or Autism, just to name a few. We also allow peer helpers and siblings to dance along as desired.

Our students currently range in age from 3 to 46! We serve both children and adults. 

"Sunshine in a Box"


Start a Class in YOUR community!

We will train you, provide you with performance-grade routines, give you ideas to use and provide performance opportunities.

All you need to get started:

1. At least one Teacher with “vision" (paid or volunteer) and a few helpers

2. A suitable location (free is great; inexpensive is good too)

3. Students with a desire to dance; peer helpers are helpful, too.

Please contact our Executive Director - Melanie at and inquire about getting your own kit. 

We can help you network to find local events in your area to perform or dance at after your class has gotten up and running. 

We will also help you research your area non-profit laws in order to insure compliance and keep our tax-exception status valid for your location as well.


Tennessee Class Information


Here is a list of our local TN classes: 

Powell, TN - Monday's 5:15-6:00pm at Beaver Creek Cumberland Presbyterian Church 7225 Old Clinton Pike, Knoxville, TN 37921  

Fountain City, TN - Wednesday's at 5:00-5:45pm at Northside Christian Church4008 Tazewell Pike, Knoxville, TN 37918

Farragut, TN - Classes currently change from Mondays to Wednesdays based on teacher availability. Please contact our ED for class times. 4:30-5:15pm Cornerstone Church of God 12813 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37934

Maryville, TN - Monday's 5:00-5:45pm at Dotson Memorial Baptist Church 814 Dotson Memorial Rd, Maryville, TN 37801

Lafollette, TN - Tuesday's 4:30-5:15pm contact Jennifer Pinkston at 423-201-1897

Dandridge, TN - Tuesday's 4:30-5:15pmat Grace Shrader Field of Dreams 267 W. Hwy25/70, Dandridge TN 37725

Morristown, TN - Tuesday's 6:30-7:15pm First Presbyterian Church 600West Main St. Morristown TN (Room 120)

Support Sunshine Ambassadors!! :)

Your support will help us continue to "Enrich the lives of Individuals with Disabilities through Dance!"

Pay with PayPal or a debit/credit card


Contact Sunshine Ambassadors

Drop us a line!

Sunshine Ambassadors may be just for you or someone you love!

We love our participants, so feel free to email or call with any questions

Sunshine Ambassadors, Inc.

Melanie O’Dowd  –  Executive Director Phone: (865) 621-8273 Email:

Class Locations

Class days and times vary by location.  Please check out our home page for TN and KY times...or the New Mexico page for class information.

For Performance events, contact Melanie O'Dowd

No upcoming events.

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