2017 Dance With Courage

It’s time to celebrate 11 years of giving!



When is the event?

The event will be held at Eden Prairie Center on February 12th, from 12-4pm.  

How will the event work? 

Our Dance Marathon will feature both DAC and Guest Instructors, leading group dance sessions throughout the day.  All interactive dance sessions will be appropriate for all ages and skill levels.  In addition each team will perform one of their team dances, during their assigned session!

Tom Butler, from Fox 9 Morning Show and Paul Allen, from KFAN & the voice of the MN Vikings will help emcee our event, which will include camper interviews and special performances & appearances, including our very own DAC Dads & Daughters!


12:00-12:20 - Dance Session

12:20-12:30 - Starfire (Ballet), Sugar Babies (Tap)

12:30-12:50 - Dance Session

12:50-1:00 - Tap Force, Legacy (Ballet)

1:00-1:20 - Dance Session

1:20-1:40 - Junior (Contemporary), Rising Star (Jazz)

1:40-2:00 - Dance Session

2:00-2:10 - Starlet (Jazz), Sparkle (lyrical)

2:20-2:40 - Dance Session

2:40-2:50 - Xtreme (Contemporary), Super Star (Jazz)

2:50-3:10 - Dance Session

3:10-3:20 - Momentum (Pointe), Star (Tap)

3:20-3:40 - Dance Session

3:40-3:50 - Dads and Daughters

3:50-4:00 - Final Tally and Acknowledgements

**Only Registered Dancers, Performers & Chaperones will be allowed in the event area.* *

Will Dads and Daughters be participating?

Absolutely!  Our Dads and Daughters will be performing a section of their dance at 3:40.  All dads should register their participation with their dancer, as a family.  With your registration you will receive a t-shirt that you will be wearing for your performance.  Please arrive at 3:15pm to check in!

What to bring?

We ask that all personal belongings be left in the Community Room.  Feel free to bring a water bottle, light snack, jazz shoes and costume for performance… and don’t forget your SMILE!

What NOT to bring?

Cell phones, Purses and other valuables.  Please do not leave any valuables in the Community Room.

What to wear?

Dance Classes - Dance with Courage t-shirt, black bottoms, jazz shoes, hair in team bun, light make up.

Team Performance – Designated Costume for performance.   


Can friends & family participate?

Yes!  We encourage our dancers to invite a friend to register for the event, and join the fun!  Have them register under your name, by NOON on February 9th to receive their official Dance with Courage t-shirt.  DAC Dancers will receive guests t-shirts during class to distribute to registered guests.

Will Dancers be able to take a break or shop during the Dance Marathon?

No, the shopping will need to wait for another day.  In order to create a safe and organized event, all participants will be required to check in at their assigned time.  If dancers need to leave the dance area to go to the changing room or use the restroom, dancers will need to be escorted by one of our parent volunteers.  Dancers must stay inside the stanchioned dance area during the event, and may take breaks along the sides. 

*Parents - Feel free to shop or enjoy lunch while your dancers participate in the event!*

Will there be chairs available to sit and watch?

Limited seating will be available for campers and people with special needs. There will be plenty of standing room around the dance floor and upper balcony, to view the event.    

How do I help?

We LOVE our DAC Volunteers!  In order to make this event a success we are asking for several volunteers to help chaperone, secure our private changing space and set up/clean up.  Please sign up: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c094ca8aa22a02-dance1

How can I get my name on the official Dance with Courage T-shirt?:

Every DAC family who raises $150 by February 1st will have their name added to our t-shirt!

How do I become a Corporate Sponsor?

We have 2 levels of sponsorship available:  TRUE FRIENDS PREMIER SPONSOR LEVEL - $500 & TRUE FRIENDS GOLD SPONSOR LEVEL -$250.  For more information please contact: Jennifer.Velarde@me.com

How to Register: Individual fundraising from January 7th  --  February 9th at noon!

  • Go to the website: www.dancewithcourage.org
  • Click “Registration” Note: We encourage you to create your own “family/team”, and Email your sign up link to your friends to come join the fun event!
  1. To Create your Own:
    1. Click “Create” on the right under $15.00 and fill information to create a family name and your personal username (remember your username and password)
    2. To add more members to your team and check out using the same credit card click “Submit and Return to Registrations,” click “join” and select the family name you’d like to join.
    3. When finished adding members click “Continue to checkout”
  2. To join a Family/Team
    1. Click “join” on the right under $15.00
    2. Select the family from the drop down menu that you’d like to join
    3. Fill out the prompts to create your user name and password
    4. When finished click “continue to check out

How do I invite my friends to Register for the Event or Help me Fundraise?

Once you have created your family registration, you can customize your fundraising page, and send the link to family & friends.

How to customize your webpage

  1. Go to www.dancewithcourage.org and click “Login” in the upper right below the date and pictures of the dancers. Enter your username and password

*NOTE: each family/team member has their own individual fundraising page as well being a part of a team page.

Donations made on an individual’s fundraising page will be added to the “giving amount and online thermometer” of the Family/Team page, however donations made to the Family/Team page will not be added to the “individual’s online thermometer”.

You are able to customize both your Family/Team page and Individual Fundraising page.

When you first log in, update the “fundraising goal” to what you’d like to fundraise.

  1. Write a “Statement”- this will be the text customized underneath your webpage.
  2. Click “Thank you message” and write a donor thank you message (this is included on the receipt)
  3. Add up to 4 videos and/or images to your webpages.

*For more help with your personal fundraising page contact Brooke Jensen at brookej@truefriends.org or 952-697-2293. *

For more information, follow us!

Facebook:  Dance With Courage

Instagram:  dancewcourage

Twitter:  @dancewcourage


Online Fundraising Prize: Deadline-Febraury 9th

#1 JBL Bluetooth Portable Speaker

Courage Raffle Tickets for every $10 raised

Piggy Contest: Deadline-January 28th

#1 Team Lock In!

How does the DAC Courage Raffle work?

  • For every $10 raised, your dancer/family will receive 1 TICKET!  Registrations under you/your family will credit to you, so invite your friends to register for the event and donate to support you!
  • Dancers get to place their tickets into the drawing of their choice!
  • Families will receive an envelope with your families’ tickets at registration.  It will be your discretion to divide tickets and prizes accordingly. 
  • Examples of Courage Raffle items: Sewing Lesson with for you and a friend, with Miss Laura, Teacher for the Day, Tea & Stories with Miss Julia, and many more!

**Raise $150 or more by February 1st and get your family name on our 2017 DANCE WITH COURAGE T-SHIRT!**

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