Sunshine Ambassadors

"Enriching the Lives of Individuals with Disabilities through Dance!"

Melanie O’Dowd  –  Executive Director Phone: (865) 621-8273 Email: Melodowd77@gmail.com

Our Mission

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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? EVERYONE!!!!!


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. 

Start a Class in Your Community!

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We will provide you with training and help you get everything you need to start your own class!

Get Started with our "Sunshine In a Box" Starter Kit!


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 Melodowd77@gmail.com 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.



Start a Class!

 

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

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For Performance events, contact Melanie O'Dowd

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