Dance Does It's Olympic Gala


Published: 01/18/2017

by Kelli Comer

Dance Does It, a nonprofit organization that offers unified dance fitness classes for people with special needs, has had quite an exciting and successful start to their new formation.


Dance Does It founder Mary Beth Castell, a certified LaBlast dance instructor, teaches the innovative dance fitness program to the team once a week. LaBlast is a revolutionary dance fitness program that fuses ballroom dances with fully integrated fitness routines, designed to keep your body energized while increasing core strength, flexibility and balance. The team gets to learn fun dance styles as seen on Dancing with the Stars in a cheerful, partner-free format. Mary Beth plans to incorporate other dance formats in the future.


The inaugural Dance Does It team, consisting of seven individuals with special needs and five typical support individuals, has been invited to compete in the World Dance Contest at the 2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games, held in Graz, Austria, March 14-25, 2017.


The Dance Does It team is seeking help from the local community to make their Special Olympics dream become a reality. The Dance Does It Olympic Gala will be held Thursday, February 9, at 6:00 p.m., at the LaVera Party Center, located at 32200 Chardon Road, in Willoughby Hills. The cost is $50 per person, with proceeds benefiting the team’s trip to Austria.


At the Olympic Gala, guests will be able to meet the Dance Does It team and enjoy dinner, dancing and an open bar. Live and silent auctions and raffles will also be held throughout the night. Space is limited and reservations for the event are required by January 31, 2017.


In addition to weekly fun and dance fitness, opportunities are provided to the Dance Does It team to perform and compete locally, as well as globally, to help promote awareness of the abilities of those with Down’s Syndrome and similar special needs.


Dance Does It is a newly formed 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that offers unified dance fitness classes for people with special needs. For more information about the Dance Does It Olympic Gala, contact Mary Beth Castell at 440-478-1041 or To learn more about the Dance Does It program, visit