Red Hot Ballroom After-School Children's Program (2016-2017, 2014-2015)
Red Hot Ballroom is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization teaching Ballroom and Latin dance in afterschool programs to low-income and at-risk children in 4th through 7th grades in the Palm Springs Unified School District, Desert Sands Unified School District and Coachella Valley Unified School District. The all volunteer organization provides dance instruction at 34 elementary and intermediate schools throughout the Coachella Valley. There is no cost to the children, their families, or the school districts. In addition, Red Hot Ballroom conducts a free ballroom finals competition at each school district in May prior to the end of the school year. The organization provides dance outfits, trophies, and medallions for the over 800 students participating in the finals. The goal is to use music and dance to build confidence and self-esteem, so children can stand up to negative peer pressure, learn social skills, and respect for others.