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A Chance to Dance

June 24, 2020

When I was in middle school, my Grandma Marilyn helped my family by paying for my extra dance lessons.

In high school, my dance teacher and some school teachers pitched in with special opportunities.

And my college career was funded primarily by scholarships … and teaching dance. 🙂

I think it’s fair to say that many of us studio owners and teachers were the recipients of SOME kind of helping hands or scholarships during our training and education. Without this kind of generosity, the dance world wouldn’t be what it is! And we would not be able to reach the kids who may need dance at a crucial time in their lives.

So when I started Misty’s Dance Unlimited in 1999, providing need-based scholarships was a top priority. 

Today, our Chance to Dance Foundation supports classes for the Boys & Girls Club, kids in foster care, kids with special needs, and families with financial needs, job loss, or other hardships. This foundation exists to stand in the gap for kids.

It probably goes without saying that in our current times, scholarships will be MORE IMPORTANT than ever before. The uncertainty that the pandemic has pressed upon families is like something we’ve never experienced.

Usually, I donate my speaking fees as a way to fund our Chance to Dance Foundation, but as you can imagine, the speaking gigs have dried up and I haven’t been to an airport in three months. What used to be a reliable way to ensure the foundation was fueled up for scholarship funds is no longer something we can count on.

A couple of weeks ago, I was wracking my brain while running with the dogs, trying to think of what else I could do to keep this program going. And then it hit me … RUNNING!

So please consider this a formal invitation to join me for the First Annual Virtual TUTU FUN RUN, a 2.2 mile fun run to support the Chance to Dance Foundation! 

You can run it, walk it, bike it, skate it … we don’t care which way you get those 2.2 miles in! Just sign up with a $22 donation, download your race bib, and do your miles in a TUTU between June 22 and July 22! (You know the tutu MAKES the experience, right!?)

And of course, don’t forget to post a picture tagging #TutuFunRun and #ChanceToDanceFoundation to win some fun prizes!

I hope this is something you could do to have fun with your family AND help kids in need. It really doesn’t get much better than that. <3

Please feel free to share this with your friends and dance community so that we can do MORE good for MORE kids during this challenging chapter in life. We all know just how transformative dance can be for a child, and this is a way we can bring that positive impact to as many families as possible.

You can SIGN UP HERE to join in the fun from anywhere in the world!

Thank you for considering it!

With gratitude,



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