The Wooden Floor, a nationally recognized creative youth development nonprofit, is preparing for its return to in-person Annual Auditions on Saturday, October 16, 2021, as it expects a large turnout of low-income, primarily Latino families. The nearly 40-year-old privately-funded nonprofit organization is dedicated to serving those with financial need at no charge in order to empower under-served students through its year-round holistic model consisting of dance, academic tutoring, college and career readiness, and family support programs. Equipped with the skills necessary for success in school and in life, 100% of students who graduate from The Wooden Floor immediately enroll in higher education – more than double the national average for their socioeconomic peers.
In order to reach potential students who need The Wooden Floor’s services the most, word is spread throughout the community about the opportunity to gain access to its life-changing year-round services. Annual Auditions is held after three weeks of the organization’s community engagement program, Dance Free Weeks, where children from Orange County’s most disadvantaged elementary schools are given free week-long dance instruction workshops to grow confidence, self-expression, and joy from the sense of accomplishment the program sparks. By reaching out to potential students in Title I elementary schools prior to Annual Auditions, the organization’s goal is to help every child succeed through its award-winning services. Previous years have seen over 300 students audition, serving as a poignant reminder of the growing need in Orange County and The Wooden Floor’s 38-year history of proven outcomes and impact.
“Our Annual Auditions mark the day these students take the first step toward a bright and successful future,” says CEO Dawn S. Reese. “We make a 10‑year commitment to boys and girls in 3rd through 12th grade and onto college enrollment. Most are the first in their families to enroll in higher education and they effectively become change-agents in their community,” she said.
A typical family of five at The Wooden Floor has an annual household income of about $42,420, which is classified as extremely‑low income in Orange County. Over 150 alumni of the organization are currently enrolled in colleges across the nation, with the majority receiving merit-based college scholarships from The Wooden Floor.
What: The Wooden Floor Annual Auditions
When: Saturday, October 16, 2021, 8:30am-1:30pm
- Reservations highly recommended and are available from 8:30am-1:30pm at www.TheWoodenFloor.org/Auditions.
- Walk-ins welcome only from 11:30am-1:30pm.
- Students in line by 1:30pm are guaranteed to audition.
Where: 1810 North Main Street, Santa Ana, CA 92706
How: Complete information is available in English, Spanish, and Vietnamese at www.TheWoodenFloor.org/Auditions or by calling 714-541-8314 ext. 128.
About The Wooden Floor
Founded in 1983, The Wooden Floor is one of the foremost creative youth development nonprofit organizations in the country. We transform the lives of young people in low-income communities through the power of dance and access to higher education. In Orange County and through national licensed partners, we use a long-term approach grounded in exploratory dance education to foster the confidence and gifts within each child to innovate, communicate, and collaborate – skills necessary for success in school and in life. 100 percent of students who graduate from The Wooden Floor immediately enroll in higher education. Our students become change agents and beacons of hope within their own families, their neighborhoods, our community, and our world.