The Global Dance Initiative spotlights HEROES in our world - those that use DANCE to HEAL, CONNECT & INSPIRE! By raising awareness for their amazing work, and unifying their collective energy, we hope GDI will inspire others to do the same, and affect true change in our world.
For over 40 years the Down Syndrome Association of Los Angeles (DSALA), a non-profit organization, has been a resource center supporting close to 1,800 individuals with Down syndrome and their families. Our organization is a lifeline for new parents of children with Down syndrome. When they are facing dramatic and unexpected changes to their lives, we connect them to other families, and to community organizations that provide support, as well as vital information on educational, medical and community services. Our Peer Counseling Service offers comfort and optimism to approximately 80 new families annually.
DSAOC’s mission is to create a place for connection, information and hope for people with Down syndrome and their families throughout greater Orange County, to promote Down syndrome awareness through community outreach, and to offer programs, services and support that aim to empower individuals with Down syndrome to reach their full potential.
8 Count is under the direction and ownership of Sarah D’Agostino and Sarah Svendsen. They pride themselves on their dedication and commitment to offering superior technical training, emphasizing the importance of hard work and dedication, and encouraging dancer until and comaraderie.
Paula Abdul- Artist, Singer, Dancer, Choreographer, Philanthropist, Trendsetter, Tastemaker, Icon.
JEANNETTE GODOY Jeannette is a filmaker dear friend of Free 2 Be Me Dance and a passionate advocate for Down Syndrome Awareness. Jeanette hopes to see inclusion within the advertising community for people with disabilities. Her documentary “Free 2 Be Me” aired at the 2015 Special Olympics World Games, screened at many film festivals and is currently airing on Dance Network. For more information about Jeannette Godoy visit: www.jeannettegodoydirector.com