We are often asked why we choose our approach to dance. It is a commitment to a dance approach that values exploration, discovery, and innovation, which leads to the success of our students in school and life.
Orange County Department of Education’s Five C’s to foster students’ futures.
But The Wooden Floor strives to make it six with the addition of COURAGE.
When dance is a catalyst for change, innovation flourishes into courageous life-changing outcomes.
THEORY OF CHANGE
By strategically integrating dance education with academic, college and career readiness, and family services, our students graduate high school with the skills necessary to succeed both in school and life – becoming beacons of hope within their own families, their own neighborhoods, our community, and our world.
Dance education and performance are the core transformational elements through which our youth change the way they think about themselves and develop the ability to reach their full potential.
Throughout our students’ 10-year journey with The Wooden Floor, free academic programs, pre-collegiate mentoring, and college scholarships ensure that our students succeed in school and are college-ready.
Our Family Services program takes a case management approach to counseling, crisis intervention, and social service referrals to help families overcome socioeconomic hardships and navigate a path toward economic progress and self-sufficiency.
Over the past 35 years, we have impacted over 95,000 current students and alumni.
“I truly believe being taught this art form has helped me in many areas of my life. It taught me creativity, discipline, self-awareness, teamwork, physical fitness, to be detail-oriented, to be daring, and to have fun—just to name a few things. Dance has done this for many of us!”
HOW WE SELECT OUR STUDENTS
Every year, youth are selected to participate in The Wooden Floor’s dance, academic, and family services through our Annual Auditions.
Auditions are held each fall at the conclusion of Dance Free Weeks.
Students we are looking for:
Demonstrate enthusiasm and a love for movement
Are in the 3rd through 5th grade and 8-10 years old on the day of the audition
Have financial need