It's been 6 fabulous years for SWS!
We grow another year older today - and we are not complaining about the age! In the past 6 years we have grown from our first fledgling program at Naval Medical Center San Diego, to having 14 programs nationwide - with several more ready to launch in 2016! More importantly, our programs have transformed the lives of hundreds of veterans and active duty military personnel in the course of the last 6 years. To celebrate, we will be sharing 6 stories over the next 6 days from different men and women whose lives have been positively affected by SWS. Keep a close eye on our social media so that you don't miss a single one over the next few days! You can watch the first one on our YouTube channel here right now.
Instructor bootcamp in San Diego huge success
On February 26-27, SWS hosted our first-ever Teacher Training Bootcamp in San Diego for all of our existing instructors as well as instructors in cities where we will be opening new locations in 2016. We had representation from Hawaii, California, Arizona, Colorado, Texas, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, Florida and Washington, D.C. Thanks to funds from an anonymous donor, we were able to facilitate a 2-day training on everything it takes to run a successful SWS program and the excitement in the room was contagious!
Already we have 3 new programs in the books: two in Pennsylvania at the VA Philadelphia and the VA Coatesville; and one in Fayetteville, NC. We had special guest appearances by music legend Tito Puente Jr. and from TV personality and ballroom dance expert Mary Murphy! Incredible friendships were formed amongst all of our instructors, and most importantly there was a fierce dedication to continue to use dance to transform the lives of the veteran community which we all serve.
Congratulations to DC veterans on Gold Medal
In February our DC VA Soldiers Who Salsa veterans were awared the Gold Medal on the local level at the National Veterans Creative Arts Festival (NVCAF) for a dance performance titled "Salute to Female Soldiers". They have been invited to submit a video of their dance performance for consideration for a national level award. The NVCAF is an opportunity for veterans who participate in various VA-based arts programs to showcase their talent in a variety of art forms, from creative writing, to dance, drama and music. Keep your fingers crossed for our fabulous DC veterans to make it to the next round in Mississippi in October!