• Hello & Welcome!

  • Opportunity dances with those already on the dance floor

    -H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

     

    Monsters Dance welcomes you to join us for our eMpower Program,

    a fun and supportive hip hop dance class and party for dancers with special needs.

     

    In keeping with Monsters' mission to provide dancers with real opportunities, these unique eMpower classes

    allow dancers with special needs the chance to express themselves in a fun and safe environment, free of charge.

     

    All are welcome to join our dance family with the goal to "eMpower" the artist within each individual.

    No previous dance classes required.

     

     

  • COME JOIN US

    Monsters Dance eMpower Program will be held in the following cities!

    Use the link below to reserve your spot! Further details will be emailed to you after signing up.

     

    SANTA CLARA, CA

    Saturday, October 27, 2018

    4-5:30 PM 

    Hyatt Regency Santa Clara

    5101 Great America Pkwy

    Santa Clara, CA 95054

     

    DENVER, CO

    Saturday, November 3, 2018

    4-5:30 PM

    Marriott Denver Tech Center

    4900 S Syracuse St

    Denver, CO 80237

     

    CHICAGO, IL

    Saturday, November 17, 2018

    4-5:30 PM

    Westin Chicago North Shore

    601 N Milwaukee Ave

    Wheeling, IL 60090

     

    VANCOUVER, WA

    Saturday, January 5, 2019

    4-5:30 PM

    Hilton Vancouver Washington

    301 W 6th St

    Vancouver, WA 98660

     

    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ

    Saturday, January 19, 2019

    4-5:30 PM

    Hyatt Regency New Brunswick

    2 Albany St

    New Brunswick, NJ 08901

     

    AUSTIN, TX

    Saturday, February 2. 2019

    4-5:30 PM

    Hyatt Regency Lost Pines

    575 Hyatt Lost Pines Rd

    Cedar Creek, TX 78612

     

    WASHINGTON, DC/RESTON, VA

    Saturday, February 23, 2019

    Hyatt Regency Reston

    1800 Presidents St

    Reston, VA 20190

  • eMpower WASHINGTON DC 2018

    eMpower Chicago 2017

    eMpower Atlanta 2017

    eMpower Denver 2017

    eMpower Atlanta 2016

    MORE COMING SOON

  • TESTIMONIALS

    We'd love to hear about and share your experience! Leave a comment below or email us at info@monstersdance.com :)

    What an amazing event! The eMpower program did not disappoint! Our daughter is in competition dance and attends Monsters Convention (our favorite)...often times our special needs son comes along and hangs out all weekend...but not at Monsters! As a family we participated in the eMpower program in Chicago...my daughter got to go out and dance with her brother and even my husband (who by the way did not even dance at our wedding) was out dancing with our son Jett!

     

    It was truly a family memory none of us will ever forget! We had so much fun! There is so much thought and compassion put into this program..Monsters doesn't do it to look good or for publicity, they truly want to have a dance program that is inclusive to everyone!! I cannot say enough about Kassidy Bright who leads the class. She is an absolute natural with this population and you can see the love and passion she has for each and every one of them and their individual needs.

     

    A few of my favorite moments... One young man sat on the outside and didn't want to come on the dance floor. Kassidy kept working with him to get him to join in...she asked him what his favorite song was and he said Thrift Shop so she got that playing for him and he jumped right on the dance floor and never stopped! Another special moment - a young boy was crawling around on the floor and his Mom kept trying to get him up to participate - Mom seemed frustrated and Kassidy came over and said it's ok - if that's where he wants to be and he's feeling it let him be and she danced with him on the floor. I hope this programs continues for many years to come! Thank you Monsters, Kassidy Bright and the Funk family for memories we will cherish forever! We look forward to many more!

     

    -Jennifer Price

    Oftentimes when people don’t understand others’ idiosyncrasies, they treat the person as less than deserving of respect or are afraid of being around them. Children with disabilities simply communicate differently. Dance is our common language where we can speak to each other. Kass and Ms. Kit Kat helped us all express that. They gave them the dignity that they have the ability to learn just as anyone else. There’s no judgment at all only encouragement - from the instructors and from each other. Parents are involved and were dancing right with the kids - yours truly included. I thought that I would just sit and enjoy watching my daughter enjoy herself. Little did I know I would be part of the night.

     

    To see kids that are reserved, holding on to an adults hand to opening completely up, dancing alongside, laughing...that’s an incredible thing to experience. The kids take care of each other and teach us lessons about humanity and unfiltered love.

     

    Grateful Mom,

    Tia B.

    Thanks again for the event. Can’t tell you how much fun our kids, Jessica and Parker, had. We of course had a blast taking pictures of them and joining in the dance class. They are already talking about wanting to do it again. Everyone was so wonderful and welcoming. Hard to find environments where our kids are truly accepted and this was definitely a night to remember. Here are a few pictures Andy had asked me to pass on.

     

    Sincerely,

    Marina Ryan

    I just wanted to personally thank you guys for having a special needs group! My girls dance and while they are not special needs I am a school psychologist in the Florida state system serving k-12. I have worked in special education and the need for things like this for our special students participate in!!!!!! Kudos to you!

     

    -Suzanne Ramsey

  • WHO WE ARE

    Monsters Dance was started by Andy and Becky Funk with Becky’s sister, Angie Worley. Collectively, the three developed the unique concept for Monsters Dance based on Becky and Angie’s background in competitive dance, and Andy’s experience in business and marketing. They saw a need, took a chance and created a Monster!

     

    While Monsters has grown tremendously, the company always strives to maintain the family environment on which it was built.

    BECKY & ANDY FUNK

    DIRECTORS & EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS

     

    Yes, that’s really his last name! Andy graduated from Towson State University in 1996 with a double major in Mass Communications and Communication Studies. He worked in a variety of areas from freight logistics and non-profit development to baseball tour guide and major event planning.

     

    In 2002, he left his full-time job to run the family business, a dance studio in Maryland that he and his wife started three years earlier. The entrepreneurial bug would not allow him to stop there and with the help of his wife and sister-in-law, they created Monsters Dance in 2003.

     

    Driven largely by the experience of losing his brother, Alan, to Leukemia in 1990, Andy continues to work hard to make a positive impact and create meaningful opportunities for dancers and individuals throughout the world.

     

    Becky is the dancer in the Funk family and the reason why Monsters exists. Had it not been for Becky leaving her job as a Health Educator to open a dance studio, the idea would have probably never come up. Becky graduated from Towson State University in 1997 with a B.S. degree in Health Science.

     

    After spending so many years dancing competitively, she saw a need for more hip hop classes on the convention circuit and more career opportunities for hip hop dancers. This vision lead to the development of Monsters’ unique format and mission.

     

    In addition to managing two businesses and coaching tee ball, Becky and Andy love spending time with their three boys!

  • WHERE TO NEXT?!

    Let us know where you'd like us to bring eMpower!

  • CONNECT WITH US

    Office Hours Mon-Fri 9am-5pm EST

    Limited phone support on the Fridays of event dates.

     

     

     

     

    Call us 888-566-6787

    Email info@monstersdance.com