The Wooden Floor Dance Up - Summer 2013 Newsletter

The Wooden Floor Dance Up - Summer 2013 Newsletter
The Wooden Floor Dance Up - Summer 2013 Newsletter
The Wooden Floor Dance Up - Summer 2013 Newsletter
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  • summer 2013Providing Hope and Opportunity Through Dance, Academic, and Family Programs

    Thurs-Sat: May 30-June 1, 201330th Annual Concert: Sunrise

    In the First Person

    Leave your expectations at the door and witness a powerful collaboration between internationally-recognized choreographers and 175 of our under-served youth, yielding work that is original, inventive, and spectacular. Tickets available online at

    Fri: May 31, 2013Arts Night Out! 6:45pmpresented by 89.3 KPCC

    Attend a free pre-performance chat and explore the work in Sunrise with choreographers Ivy Baldwin, Mark Haim, and Melanie Ros Glaser, as well as our young artists, followed by wine and hors doeuvres. Performance starts at 8:00pm. RSVP by May 28 to Jenn Egan at





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    Thurs: September 26, 20137th Annual Keep the Promise Wine Tasting BenefitJoin us for this popular evening to raise funds for our mission and successful outcomes. Enjoy some of the most highly-rated and hard-to-find wines in the world alongside artfully prepared hors doeuvres. For information on sponsorship opportunities, contact Keegan Bell at 714.541.8314 ext. 140 or



    complete information on events featuring the students of The Wooden Floor is available online at

    The Wooden Floors youngest dancers share their excitement about participating in our 30th Annual concert: Sunrise.

    So far I really like learning new dance moves because they

    teach you how to cooperate with other

    people. This is my first Annual concert and Im excited to see what it is like to be in front of a lot of people and show them all the hard work

    we put into this.-Rachael, Class of 2019

    My parents say The Wooden Floors Annual concert is special because it

    allows me to express myself when I couldnt before. Here you can

    be yourself. It is okay to mess up because you learn and grow from

    your mistakes.-Karina, Class of 2020

    My brother and sister were both in the Annual concert, and I thought it was cool. It

    is fun, but a lot of hard work. I had to learn

    how to not talk during rehearsals.

    -Mayte, Class of 2021

  • Epiphany Owen

    Epiphany Owen is a partner in Rutan & Tuckers Government & Regulatory Law Section, specializing in education law, labor and employment law, and civil litigation. She represents a variety of public agencies and private clients in both administrative proceedings and in litigation before state and federal courts. She also serves as a member of the firms Personnel committee and has also volunteered with various nonprofits.

    Epiphany graduated from the university of california at Los Angeles with a B.A. in Political Science and a Specialization in Business and Administration. She received her M.A. in communications Management from the university of Southern california Annenberg School for communication and a J.D. from the university of Southern california Law School.

    I am honored to be a part of The Wooden Floor. I strongly believe in, and support,The Wooden Floors mission and efforts to change and improve the lives of low-income youth through dance and academic programs.

    Creating From ScratchAfter a recent rehearsal with more than 50 young dancers, ages 11-15, I collapsed on the floor feeling defeated. It had been a difficult session; we were finishing up a one-week intensive. The dancers were tired. At that point, the dance was nothing but unstrung bits and pieces, and everyone, especially me, seemed confused. I have now been creating dances for The Wooden Floor for fourteen years, and therefore,

    I am familiar with this moment. It always comes: the collective doubt about the process, the fatigue, and the wavering enthusiasm. We all wonder, can it be that what is now an ugly duckling of a dance will turn into something wonderful?

    At The Wooden Floor we decide to do it the hard way: creating dances from scratch rather than starting with a dance that already exists. The fact that this way of doing things is wrought with obstacles is exactly the point. We begin with initial enthusiasm and commitment, we move into self-doubt, we work through trying days, we make up material that doesnt

    The Wooden Floor Welcomes New Board Members

    Mary E. Xavier

    Mary E. Xavier is a Vice President and a Senior Strategic Program Manager at American Funds/capital Group companies, Inc. in Irvine, california. Mary joined American Funds in 1989, and has worked in several areas, including Work Management, Shareholder Services, and Information Technology. Mary spent 10 years on the American Funds website team as a Senior Manager. She is now responsible for leading longer range strategic initiatives within the organization.

    Marys nonprofit experience includes: volunteering for 5 years as a court Appointed Special Advocate (cASA); membership in a local guild supporting childrens Hospital of Orange county (cHOc), including chairing their annual wine tasting event for two years; and, participating as a committee member for the 2009 and 2010 Keep the Promise Wine Tasting Benefit for The Wooden Floor.

    Having the opportunity to meet and talk to the children, seeing the outcomes, and getting to know the staff, continually reinforced my belief in what The Wooden Floor does. I look forward to serving on the Board of Directors and having the opportunity to support the mission and organization in a more meaningful capacity.

    2 The Wooden Floor | summer 2013

    1983-2013Beth Burns, a sister at the time with the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange, founds the organization as a summer pilot dance program for under-served youth.

    The organization moves into a 4,000 square foot office with one studio in the Fiesta Marketplace on Fourth Street in downtown Santa Ana. 150 students are enrolled.


    The organization begins the first of an ongoing series of impact studies monitoring the effectiveness of its programs and the achievement of its mission.

    The organization opens its present day 21,000 square foot campus in Santa Ana. A total of $6.9 million is raised for construction costs and the Endowment.






    The Wooden Floor continues to receive national recognition for its unique model, including the coming up Taller award from President Bushs committee on the Arts and Humanities, poising our students to hold a track record of 100% college enrollment since 2005.

    The organization receives six years of capacity building investments by the Annenberg Foundation, James Irvine Foundation, and Weingart Foundation to position the organization for future growth.


    Friday, May 31 at 6:45pmArts Night Out!

    presented by

    Make it an arts night out! Explore the work in Sunrise with choreographers Ivy Baldwin, Mark Haim, and Melanie

    Ros Glaser at a free pre-concert chat, followed by complimentary hors

    doeuvres and wine.

    Please RSVP by May 28 to

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    work, and sometimes we even face the temptation to give up. Eventually things start falling into place (lets hope!) and we pick ourselves up again, we source a new determination from within, we work through the exhaustion, and we reach the finish line.

    The reward is a tremendous sense of accomplishment, camaraderie with one another, and the reverberations from an exhilarating experience. Its a feeling our young dancers will want to repeat in other parts of their livesthey learn that hard work equals success. Like making a new dance, the road to a fruitful life is not a straight line.

    There is no better way to celebrate the 30th birthday of our mission than to come to cheer the dancers for their Annual concert. Like our supporters from whom they receive so much, they did not give up.

    Warm Regards,

    Melanie Ros GlaserArtistic Director & co-cEO

    July 21Groups of students head off to enjoy sponsored summer leadership camps, where many spend their first time away from an urban environment and enjoy camaraderie with friends and mentors.

    July 11The Wooden Floor hosts its second annual Family Health Fair, bringing in community partners to host health screenings and nutrition workshops for our families who otherwise wouldnt have access to these resources.

    June 18The Summer Reading Program and Learning Workshop kick off our summer session, allowing students to continue engaging their young minds. Students are pre- and post-tested to see how well they hone their skills.

    June 10After a short rest from their Annual concert performances, our young artists return to The Wooden Floor to continue growing in their dance education during the summer months.

    May 30Glittering stars, sponsored by loving supporters, greet our young artists in their dressing rooms at the Irvine Barclay Theatre for the Opening night performance of our 30th Annual concert: Sunrise. (Find out how to Sponsor a Star on the back page.)

    April 25Leaders from around Orange county gather in support of our class of 2013s acad