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Today’s guest is Melissa Van Wijk, a special education teacher who envisioned and created a a New York based nonprofit, Born Dancing, that creates dance education programs for students with disabilities.

Her unwavering commitment and hard-earned success is recognized nationwide and featured in O, The Oprah Magazine, November, 2018 issue.

In addition to dance performance and production experiences, she has expanded to offering real job opportunities  through internships in performing arts production.

In this episode, she shares her journey from dancing, to teaching, to founder and Executive Director of a successful non-profit organization. She discusses the importance of insurance, constant learning outside of your comfort zone, and keeping on top of your business.


  • “The Beginning” is a long time… it’s year 4, and it’s still the “beginning”.
  • When you pull it off and the parents are teachers are genuinely impressed with what they’ve accomplished – that’s inspiring for them!



Find people who have the expertise that you don’t have.

Get in the game.

Contact Melissa to volunteer or come see a show!



O, The Oprah Magazine – November, 2018

Page 36. ‘The Beauty of Giving’ and you’ll find Born Dancing there.


Special thanks to Melissa van Wijk for joining us!




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Music Credit: Scott Holmes Music Corporate-Business

Podcast Production: Porchlight Family Media



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