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.


The Wooden Floor’s mission is to empower low-income youth from diverse backgrounds to strengthen self-esteem, self-discipline, and a sense of accomplishment through dance, academic, and family programs.


Poverty among Orange County children has risen by 24 percent since 2010, and barely half of Orange County children meet third grade achievement standards for literacy or mathematics. Supporters of The Wooden Floor are a part of providing a long-term foundation, so students can transform their lives and reach their full potential.

1810 North Main Street Santa Ana, CA 92706-2727 P. 714.541.8314