Imagine a nun more than 35 years ago, teaching children to dance in the basement of a Santa Ana church. Sister Beth Burns’ vision has since become The Wooden Floor, a nonprofit that “uses the power of dance to help young people from low-income communities reach their potential,” CEO Dawn S. Reese says. Housed in a beautiful custom building that includes three dance studios, a community center, and an education area, the group offers tutoring, scholarship programs, and family services in addition to its after-school dance classes for kids starting in third grade. A second location opened last year, and a third one is planned, as the group keeps expanding. “Our big vision is to break the cycle of poverty,” Reese says.
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