"ADF taught me how important it is to be disciplined, dedicated, consistent, and passionate." - Leah, Widener Graduate
American DanceWheels has provided an inclusive dance program to Widener Memorial School in the Philadelphia School District for over a decade with the help of grants from our supporters. Each semester, we teach Latin and Ballroom dances to 20-30 couples made up of Widener Memorial and Temple University students.
This program is one of our most successful programs and is getting recognition from schools in different parts of the country. In 2016, ADF will launch a new initiative called DanceWheels Live in order to satisfy requests from other schools who wish to have a similar inclusive, in-school program. The DanceWheels Live Program will specifically target adolescents with physical challenges in areas of the country where schools have difficulty accessing and affording artistic, inclusive, mainstream recreational programming for students with and without disabilities. Schools will be given the opportunity to have a class for combi couples (one standing and one seated partner) if their school has a large number of students who use wheelchairs for mobility, or choose to have a more diverse population including combi couples and traditional standing couples.