Dignity Health Foundation and Arizona Ballroom Champions Celebrate Success of “Dancing for Stroke” Fundraiser

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On the heels of the inaugural “Dancing for Stroke” event, Arizona Ballroom Champions and Dignity Health Foundation start planning 2016 event.

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This event was a success because we were able to show that even after having a stroke a survivor can have hope and with the right support the survivor and their family can find joy, said Rex Albright with Dignity Health Foundation.

Arizona Ballroom Champions along with Dignity Health Foundation are celebrating the success of this year’s “Dancing for Stroke” fundraiser.

The event took place on October 3, 2015 at the Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort in Chandler, AZ. The evening was full of inspirational stories and entertaining dance routines that physicians, nurses and even stroke survivors trained for. A highlight of the evening was a dance routine in which Shawn Nerdahl, instructor and co-owner of Arizona Ballroom Champions, took the dance floor with stroke survivors he had been teaching, it was moving and inspirational for everyone in attendance. The money raised during the event this year will fund therapy programs and give 50 stroke survivors and their caretakers the chance to attend the Stroke Camp in 2016. This camp gives them the tools to help them take control of their life once again.

“This event was a success because we were able to show that even after having a stroke a survivor can have hope and with the right support the survivor and their family can find joy,” said Rex Albright with Dignity Health Foundation.

Plans are already underway for next year’s “Dancing for Stroke” event. The event is scheduled for October 1st and will be held once again at Wild Horse Pass. Along with the help from the folks at Arizona Ballroom Champions, Albright is certain that next year’s event will be equally successful. “Not only will our fine doctors and nurses be showing off their dance skills, but we plan on having our East Valley Stroke Survivors dance group participate once again.” Albright went on to say, “Their moving dance number shows people that not only can you survive a stroke, but there is hope in regaining the strength and mobility to move forward in your life.”

Arizona Ballroom Champions was not only proud to be a part of this event, but they are excited to be a part of next year’s event as well. Founders, Shawn Nerdahl and John Holzworth, will once again loan their talented team of professionals to this competition. “It was so great to not only teach these talented professionals a skill they never knew they had, but to do so while helping a cause like this makes it that much better,” says Shawn Nerdahl. “Not only are we excited to share our passion for dance, but inspire others while doing so,” interjects John Holzworth.

About Arizona Ballroom Champions
Arizona Ballroom Champions (ABC) began with five friends sharing a common dream to open a ballroom dance studio. With more than 30 years of experience, they are sharing their passion for dance with everyone they come into contact with at Arizona Ballroom Champions.

ABC offers dance lessons in a variety of dance styles with various packages based upon student’s needs. The award winning professional instructors are trained in all forms of ballroom and social dances. Instructors at the studio are devoted and provide the best experience for by adapting their teaching style to each student.

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Phoenix Marketing Associates
602-282-0202

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