About Dancing With Our Local Schools

We’re a non-profit organization, working with our local schools to teach ballroom dance to the children.
Dancing with our Local Schools provides children with a HEALTHY outlet for SELF- EXPRESSION and CREATIVITY as well as EXERCISE through MUSIC and BALLROOM DANCE, which promotes positive social interaction and increased self-confidence.  DWOLS is in care of the Ventura County Arts Council, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

Our ballroom dance program designed for 4th-8th grade students in Southern California School Districts. During this 12 week, 20-40 hour program, students learn various styles of ballroom dance like the tango, salsa, rumba, swing and cha-cha.

Our Goals

The goal of the charity is to ensure that we always have the funds readily available to help children gain all of the wellness benefits from learning to ballroom dance.

Dance is different because it is a universal language. It gives our children the outlet and opportunity to learn how to express emotions in a positive way. It helps improve their sense of body image, staying physically and mentally fit. You have to trust your dance partner and develop teamwork…and that is exactly what the power of dance provides. “Family Talk” magazine estimates that students who dance also perform better academically than their non-dancing peers, achieving higher SAT scores and doing better in math and science.

Please join our efforts to bring this program to as many children as possible! It only costs $50 to support one child for a semester in this program.

Our Team

Meet our staff and instructors.

Maria Durant

Maria Durant Program Director

Maria is the magic behind the whole program. She manages the non-profit and also finds time to help with teaching and organizing the special events.


  • I was amazed at a particular outcome related to the program; some of my students that had learning disabilities were able to shine during dance class. The students were able to remember very difficult steps, and became "rock stars" in the class.

    Sandra L Rowlett Teacher, Westlake Hills Elementary School
  • My colleagues in the Conejo Valley Unified School District speak very highly of the Dance for Wellness Program. I also had the pleasure of attending the showcase at La Reina in the spring of 2015 where I saw several of the schools and instructors perform.

    Hallie Chambers Principal at Madrona elementary

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