My name is Elka Hristova. I am the co-founder of DanceSport Education, an Arizona non-profit organization that brings the benefits of ballroom dance directly to the students, at their schools, in their classrooms. Ask me anything!
I am a management consultant by trade, specializing in small business start-ups, growth, strategic planning and financial recovery, with the biggest account - charter schools. My company is responsible for the creation, growth and strategic expansion of some of the best charter schools in Arizona, some of them topping the national charts.
But my passion, ballroom dance brought me to DanceSport Education. Coming from Europe (Bulgaria), I never thought that as an adult, I would be able to achieve one of my dreams - competitive ballroom dancing/dancesport. In Europe, if you have not started young in that direction, there are no opportunities in this sports afterwards. In the US, it is just the opposite - there are plenty of opportunities for adults in ballroom dance, and almost non-existent opportunities for kids. A major reason for that is the knowledge for dancesport, its availability, accessibility and huge financial barriers.
In 2016 we established DanceSport Education. Two powerful businesses - One in DanceSport - Imperial Ballroom, and one in Education -Education Team Partners (my company) joined forces and brought top-level management, organizational and ballroom dance expertise together. We work with a distinguished Advisory Board to guide us in our mission!
DanceSport Education is an Arizona not for profit 501 (c) (3) organization. Our mission is to positively impact the lives of children and youth through ballroom dance.
WHAT WE DO
- We bring ballroom dance with its many benefits to children ages 4 through 18 directly to their schools, in their classrooms. Our YouTube Channel
- We engage long-term with the schools and their students. Our Twitter
- We outreach to ALL students, including at-risk, low-income and students with special needs. Our Facebook
- We offer complete DanceSport curriculum with a proven instructional methodology and top-rated, world-class professionals as our instructors. Our Instagram
OUR PROGRAM - #NotJustDance
DanceSport Education™ offers a complete DanceSport program for children and youth ages 4-18 with a systematic, specific, and sequenced curriculum. It is delivered with a proven instructional methodology by world-class DanceSport professionals, affiliated with and certified by Imperial DanceSport Instruction. The program is tailored to allow students to grow, learn, enrich and achieve as they participate.
However, this can be achieved with substantial philanthropic effort in two major areas: (1) increase outreach and (2) alleviate barriers to access.
With the current trends of diminishing public funding for sports and arts programs, and the inability of many parents to privately afford those, especially in low-income, at risk school communities, children and youth remain negatively impacted and are deprived of participating and experiencing the benefits of those opportunities. This also includes the students, who are homeschooled or study in distance learning programs, as well as those with special needs, for whom we will provide a venue so that they have access and opportunity to participate in those activities.
We currently have 3 schools, that we are involved long-term. Two of them are located in the poorest areas of Phoenix. We are in our second year of program operation. It is a challenge, but at the same time, our satisfaction of working with the students is tremendous! They love the program and look forward to each and every one of their ballroom classes. The teachers and the school leadership recognize and witness firsthand the benefits of the DanceSport Education, as the students experience them! We get big support from the parents as well!
Ask me about my ideas, plans, the non-profit organization, ballroom dance, the schools, the students, our instructors, our supporters, our black-tie fundraising event, how you can get involved, ask me anything!
Elka Hristova says:
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