A FUN AND SUPPORTIVE HIP HOP DANCE CLASS & PARTY FOR DANCERS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS
Hello & Welcome!
Opportunity dances with those already on the dance floor
-H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
Monsters Dance welcomes you to join us for our eMpower Program,
a fun and supportive hip hop dance class and party for dancers with special needs.
In keeping with Monsters' mission to provide dancers with real opportunities, these unique eMpower classes
allow dancers with special needs the chance to express themselves in a fun and safe environment.
All are welcome to join our dance family with the goal to "eMpower" the artist within each individual.
No previous dance classes required.
COME JOIN US
We will be holding an eMpower class VIRTUALLY on January, 6 2021! Come dance with us from anywhere!
Come join Kassidy Bright and the Monsters Dance Family for a fun and supportive virtual dance class!
When: Wednesday, January 6
Time: 7pm EST / 4pm PST
Where: ZOOM (we will send you a unique Zoom link to join in with everyone!)
If you RSVPed we will send you the official Zoom invite!
Class is currently full, no longer taking additional dancers. Please be on the lookout for the next one!
Interested in supporting eMpower?
We are looking for sponsors interested in promoting their group or studio and helping out with a great event!
Our pizza party sponsors would be contributing to the cost of the pizzas, plus any plates, napkins, etc. We are looking for a contribution of $250.00 to cover the cost of feeding approximately 20-30 dancers. Sponsors will be mentioned on stage at our Club Stylz Showcase event at the city of your choice (where eMpower is being held) and our social media channels.
$250.00 PIZZA PROGRAM
Sponsor the pizza for a city and your studio will be mentioned on stage!
ADDITIONAL SPONSOR PROGRAMS
If you're interested in a greater sponsorship package please reach out -
we are happy to discuss other options!
Please fill out our contact form below and someone from our team will get in touch with you directly!
We'd love to hear about and share your experience! Leave a comment below or email us at email@example.com :)
What an amazing event! The eMpower program did not disappoint! Our daughter is in competition dance and attends Monsters Convention (our favorite)...often times our special needs son comes along and hangs out all weekend...but not at Monsters! As a family we participated in the eMpower program in Chicago...my daughter got to go out and dance with her brother and even my husband (who by the way did not even dance at our wedding) was out dancing with our son Jett!
It was truly a family memory none of us will ever forget! We had so much fun! There is so much thought and compassion put into this program..Monsters doesn't do it to look good or for publicity, they truly want to have a dance program that is inclusive to everyone!! I cannot say enough about Kassidy Bright who leads the class. She is an absolute natural with this population and you can see the love and passion she has for each and every one of them and their individual needs.
A few of my favorite moments... One young man sat on the outside and didn't want to come on the dance floor. Kassidy kept working with him to get him to join in...she asked him what his favorite song was and he said Thrift Shop so she got that playing for him and he jumped right on the dance floor and never stopped! Another special moment - a young boy was crawling around on the floor and his Mom kept trying to get him up to participate - Mom seemed frustrated and Kassidy came over and said it's ok - if that's where he wants to be and he's feeling it let him be and she danced with him on the floor. I hope this programs continues for many years to come! Thank you Monsters, Kassidy Bright and the Funk family for memories we will cherish forever! We look forward to many more!
Oftentimes when people don’t understand others’ idiosyncrasies, they treat the person as less than deserving of respect or are afraid of being around them. Children with disabilities simply communicate differently. Dance is our common language where we can speak to each other. Kass and Ms. Kit Kat helped us all express that. They gave them the dignity that they have the ability to learn just as anyone else. There’s no judgment at all only encouragement - from the instructors and from each other. Parents are involved and were dancing right with the kids - yours truly included. I thought that I would just sit and enjoy watching my daughter enjoy herself. Little did I know I would be part of the night.
To see kids that are reserved, holding on to an adults hand to opening completely up, dancing alongside, laughing...that’s an incredible thing to experience. The kids take care of each other and teach us lessons about humanity and unfiltered love.
Thanks again for the event. Can’t tell you how much fun our kids, Jessica and Parker, had. We of course had a blast taking pictures of them and joining in the dance class. They are already talking about wanting to do it again. Everyone was so wonderful and welcoming. Hard to find environments where our kids are truly accepted and this was definitely a night to remember. Here are a few pictures Andy had asked me to pass on.
I just wanted to personally thank you guys for having a special needs group! My girls dance and while they are not special needs I am a school psychologist in the Florida state system serving k-12. I have worked in special education and the need for things like this for our special students participate in!!!!!! Kudos to you!
Jaide is still talking about how much fun she had doing this. And how she loves everyone there. Thank you to you all that helped make this happen and a huge shout out to Kassidy for your huge, amazing heart. You'll never know how much this thing you do changes lives and brings so many smiles to so many! Cant wait to see you again next year
WHO WE ARE
Monsters Dance was started by Andy and Becky Funk with Becky’s sister, Angie Worley. Collectively, the three developed the unique concept for Monsters Dance based on Becky and Angie’s background in competitive dance, and Andy’s experience in business and marketing. They saw a need, took a chance and created a Monster!
While Monsters has grown tremendously, the company always strives to maintain the family environment on which it was built.
BECKY & ANDY FUNK
DIRECTORS & EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS
Yes, that’s really his last name! Andy graduated from Towson State University in 1996 with a double major in Mass Communications and Communication Studies. He worked in a variety of areas from freight logistics and non-profit development to baseball tour guide and major event planning.
In 2002, he left his full-time job to run the family business, a dance studio in Maryland that he and his wife started three years earlier. The entrepreneurial bug would not allow him to stop there and with the help of his wife and sister-in-law, they created Monsters Dance in 2003.
Driven largely by the experience of losing his brother, Alan, to Leukemia in 1990, Andy continues to work hard to make a positive impact and create meaningful opportunities for dancers and individuals throughout the world.
Becky is the dancer in the Funk family and the reason why Monsters exists. Had it not been for Becky leaving her job as a Health Educator to open a dance studio, the idea would have probably never come up. Becky graduated from Towson State University in 1997 with a B.S. degree in Health Science.
After spending so many years dancing competitively, she saw a need for more hip hop classes on the convention circuit and more career opportunities for hip hop dancers. This vision lead to the development of Monsters’ unique format and mission.
In addition to managing two businesses and coaching tee ball, Becky and Andy love spending time with their three boys!
Kassidy Bright started dancing at the very early age of 8 years old. Known for her musicality and performance during freestyle battles, Kassidy has worked with artists such as Alyxx Dione, Pdiddy, and more, and even performed in Kazakhstan for Cirque du Soleil. Kass' love for dance (and people) is very apparent in her teaching, finding a true gift in teaching kids with special needs.