‘Dancing for a Difference’: Tampa Bay nonprofit helps make performing arts accessible to all kids

BRANDON, Fla. (WFLA) – Dancing for a Difference is a nonprofit organization that was founded about four years ago to help make dance and the arts accessible to all children.

The organization has over 200 students and has just opened a new studio in Brandon to accommodate more dancers.

Several types of dance styles are taught by experienced instructors and assistant students throughout the week. Some examples include jazz, ballet, lyrical dance, and even tap dancing.

“I like doing lyrics because it’s really fun, it’s nice and flowing. Acro is fun because you can fall off and be crazy and not get in trouble,” assistant Jocelyn Ivey said. 12 year old student.

The mission is to help make dancing an accessible activity for local children, especially those in need.

“We just want to give children the same opportunities as all children. Children with special needs, foster children. All kids, low income or whatever,” said Sara Battaglia, director and teacher of Dancing for a Difference.

The nonprofit organization accepts used shoes or group costume donations, as well as cleaning supplies.

The team is currently looking for a guitar instructor to add additional lessons for students.

Dancing for a Difference has a fundraising event scheduled at Keel and Curley on February 21 at 6 p.m. that will benefit their mission, everyone is welcome to support.

If you are interested in volunteering, donating or supporting one of their events, you can find additional details on the Dancing for a Difference website.