At Masquerade, we pride ourselves on being the most exciting and fun-filled dance competition touring today! It is our mission to blend the thrill of Mardi Gras and the spirit of New Orleans with a well-organized and stress free competitive dance event. We have adopted the phrase “Laissez les bon temps roulez” which simply means ‘Let the good times roll!’
This year we are celebrating our 15th Anniversary season, and we have some special surprises in store to help commemorate fifteen years of building our Masquerade family! We are looking forward to another fifteen years of excellence in dance education, and the opportunity to engage with and help guide the next generation of talented artists.
Darby’s Dancers is a non-profit organization founded by Valerie and Patrick Jones in honor of their daughter Darby, who lived a full life of passion, kindness, bravery and optimism despite having been born with Down Syndrome, a heart defect and leukemia. Darby loved to dance and perform, and always accepted an opportunity to entertain others. After Darby lost her battle with leukemia, Valerie and Patrick knew her legacy would inspire others to create the joy she felt in her heart, and empower dancers everywhere to share the impact she made on people of all ages. They have a mission to provide not only dance education to children with special needs but to offer a foundation for inclusion with other dancers within an established studio. Darby’s Dancers provides young people opportunities to thrive in a creative environment, at no cost to their families.
We are encouraging our Masquerade family of dance studios across the country to initiate a Darby’s Dancers program at their studio today. In fact, in 2020 any studio competing at any Masquerade regional event may bring their team of Darby’s Dancers to perform at no charge. We are looking forward to bringing more awareness to this exceptional program for special needs dancers, and we hope you will join us and help build a stronger coalition of Darby’s Dancers across the nation. For more detailed information about becoming part of the Darby’s Dancers family please visit www.darbysdancers.com.