Goodwill Manasota Provides Free Room for Dance Program

The Giving Coast

Pictured: Taking part in a recent dance class at Goodwill’s Honore community room were (from l-r) Zuri Colaile-Romero, Peyton Jennings, instructor Sara Glass, Amayah Theodore and Eyva Theodore. Photo courtesy of Goodwill Manasota

Local community member Deanna Williams had enough on her plate. Her husband – who recently passed away – was under hospice care, and she, her daughter and 6-year-old granddaughter have disabilities. In the midst of her own struggles, she found the time to organize and is contributing her own money to support weekly dance classes for children, ages 6-12, who have disabilities. Williams’ granddaughter loves to dance and has developed some skills but Williams can’t afford to send her to any established local programs. She decided to try and offer free classes for children like her granddaughter. Williams engaged a volunteer instructor who is currently teaching ballet and ballroom dance. While she has been happy to cover most of the costs related to the class – including clothing, toys and dance items such as a balance beam and barre (both of which she found at area Goodwill stores) – she wasn’t confident she could take on room rentals as well. So she reached out to Margie Genter, Vice President of Mission Services at Goodwill, with a heartfelt request for assistance. Genter worked with Williams to determine which day and time, and location, might work best for current and future participants. The first offering was on October 27, 2021. Currently, there are several children enjoying dance classes at Goodwill’s Honore location on Wednesday afternoons but more would be welcomed. By providing comfortable spaces and offering free educational, cultural and social activities designed to meet the needs of local residents, Goodwill hopes to help to create a stronger, safer, more vibrant and better-connected community. The dance classes are free and open to the public. To learn more or get a child involved, call Williams at 941-313-0892 or email vohag@live.com.

Pictured: Taking part in a recent dance class at Goodwill’s Honore community room were (from l-r) Zuri Colaile-Romero, Peyton Jennings, instructor Sara Glass, Amayah Theodore and Eyva Theodore. Photo courtesy of Goodwill Manasota

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