• Hello & Welcome!

  • Opportunity dances with those already on the dance floor

    -H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

     

    Monsters Dance is thrilled to present its new eMpower Program, a fun and supportive hiphop dance class and party for dancers with special needs.

     

    Monsters tours the country with world renowned hiphop choreographers, plus auditions for thousands of dollars in scholarships, seminars, performance opportunities, freestyle battles, and much more!

     

    In keeping with its mission to provide dancers with real opportunities, these unique eMpower classes, held on Friday evening in as many cities as possible, will 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

    Please let us know which city you'll be attending by completing the form below!

    eMpower sessions will be held from 5pm-7pm on the following dates.

    Once registered, further details will be emailed to you directly.

     

    DENVER, CO | November 3, 2017 at the Westin Westminster

    10600 Westminster Blvd
    Westminster, CO 80020
    (303) 410-5000

     

    ATLANTA, GA | November 10, 2017 at the Sheraton Atlanta Downtown

    165 Courtland St NE
    Atlanta, GA 30303
    (404) 659-6500

     

    CHICAGO, IL | November 17, 2017 at the Westin Chicago North Shore

    601 N Milwaukee Ave
    Wheeling, IL 60090
    (847) 777-6500

     

    WASHINGTON, DC | February 23, 2018 at the Hyatt Regency Reston
    1800 Presidents St
    Reston, VA 20190
    (703) 709-1234

     

    DALLAS, TX | March 17, 2018 at the Westin Dallas Park Central

    12720 Merit Dr

    Dallas, TX 75251

    (972) 385-3000

    NEW TIME: SATURDAY 4-5:30PM

     

    SANTA CLARA, CA | March 23, 2018 at the Hyatt Regency Santa Clara

    5101 Great America Pkwy

    Santa Clara, CA 95054

    (408) 200-1234

     

    ORLANDO, FL | April 14, 2018 at the Hyatt Regency Orlando Airport

    9300 Jeff Fuqua Blvd

    Orlando, FL 32827

    (407) 825-1234

    NEW TIME: SATURDAY 4-5:30PM

  • 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 :)

    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

  • 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