Dance with Courage turned into Crafts with Courage, an event held at Dance Arts Centre’s stuido to raise money for campers. The event raised $28,000! Thank you to the Dance Arts Centre and their dancers, donators and supporters!

We are sad to share that due to recent events, Dance Arts Centre is unable to take their dancers to Mall of America for the 9th annual Dance With Courage event. However, they still feel very passionate about the purpose of the event which is to support and fund raise for True Friends camps. The events around MOA are not stopping us from reaching our fundraising goal of $20,000.00, it is inspiring us! We appreciate your support in helping us make this happen.

True Friends teams up with the Dance Arts Centre to present the 9th Annual Dance with Courage on March 8 from 1-3 pm at the Mall of America Rotunda.

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Hundreds of local dancers will participate to help raise money for True Friends. There will be an opportunity for the public to join in on some fun social dances and see performances by the Vikings Cheerleaders and Dance Arts Centre’s competition dancers.

Visit the event’s website to view the participating dancers and donate!


Dance with Courage Impact: Liza’s Story

Liza Liza is a happy, hard-working 14-year-old who loves organizing her room, hanging out with friends and reading. She recently swam 9 laps during a Special Olympics training session, stopping only briefly to catch her breath between lengths. We are thrilled that she’s back in the pool after being sidelined due to an eye injury during a major surgery in 2011.

Liza was born with a rare craniofacial condition called Apert Syndrome. It causes the bones – primarily in the head, face, hands and feet – to grow in irregular ways. She has had more than 20 surgeries to separate her fingers, repair her palate, give her brain room to grow, and enable her to breathe through her nose. She takes the surgeries in stride, tolerating the interventions and pain as she teaches her family, friends and medical team about courage, acceptance and grace.

It has been our goal as parents to give Liza the same opportunities that her brother and sister have. One of these is experiencing the joy and independence of camp. We are very grateful that True Friends makes camp accessible for children with special needs.

Camp Courage is the highlight of the summer for Liza. Last year she went to Horsing Around Literacy Camp and loved it. She especially likes riding and bonding with the horses, tubing and sitting around the bon fire. The scholarship she receives from Dance With Courage has been a blessing to our family; without it, camp would not be possible because of higher-priority therapeutic and medical expenses.