Host Jeremy C. Park talks with Elizabeth Graham Pistole, President of Dancing Divas and Dudes, who shares why she founded the Nashville, Tennessee based nonprofit dance team for individuals with special needs, which is not only providing opportunities for dance members but also showing society the value and ability of individuals with special needs. During the interview, Elizabeth talks about the power of “dancers disproving disabilities” and how the program is helping dance members grow physically, mentally, and emotionally while learning a variety of dance genres. She highlights both the non-competitive and competitive programs, and how she is working with competitions to open access and create more opportunities for dancers with special needs, along with what a recent competition win means for her dancers and their families. Elizabeth shares some of the ways working with Dancing Divas and Dudes can transform your own life and how you can get involved with the organization, as well.
The mission at the Dancing Divas and Dudes is to not only provide opportunities for our team members but to also show society the value and ability of individuals with special needs. The Dancing Divas and Dudes play a crucial role in erasing the stigma that individuals with special needs take away from society, and proving they contribute.
The Dancing Divas and Dudes was started in Nashville as the first nonprofit dance team for individuals with special needs. Each team member has the opportunity to grow physically, mentally, and emotionally at practices while learning a variety of dance genres.
Current volunteer needs: social media coordinator, board members, and practice buddy
Current initiatives: we are already preparing for next season – signups for the season come out July 1st, 2022. If you know someone that would be interested, we would love to connect with them.