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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Arts & Culture, Dance

Mission: The guardettes of orange county is a dance and drill team that is organized for the youth of orange county, california. The dance and drill team performs at various area events.

Programs: The organization strives to instill in the youth of the community an appreciation and knowledge of the performing arts as well as to foster self-confidence, high moral values, civic awareness, and teamwork.

Community Stories

10 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter and I were involved with Guardettes for four years and after 2 years have come back because we missed it. We could not stop thinking about all the neat experiences we had being part of this wonderful program. This program offers so much...excellent dance instruction, creative dance routines and costumes. We have performed for the community, at dance competitions and in the end-of-year big show. This program creates a family atmosphere where I have met great people who like me, want to give something more to their kids. I love watching my daughter dance as much as I love watching her teammates and all the teams dance. My daughter has learned so much more than dance these past years. She has grown up in this program. Guardettes celebrate our kids..our dancers. Everyone in this program from the director, instructors, families, community and kids give more than what you expect... they all give heart! I love everything about Guardettes!

6

Volunteer

Rating: 5

WOW!! From first hand experience all I can say is WOW! I have been involved with the Guardette organization as a participant and now I am returning as a mother. I gained so much from being a Guardette myself that I had to pass the experience on to my daughter. In Guardettes, I learned to stand with my head held high and maintained a permanent smile on and off the dance floor. I traveled, made lasting friendships, and participated in charitable events. My daughter loves to dance, but can not wait for class because of the time she spends with close friends, both peers and staff. This organization has blossomed from practice in the park to a small studio. I feel like there is way more room to grow. I would love to see the Guardettes expand to enable all young ladies a chance to experience its power!

4

Client Served

Rating: 5

It's amazing what a little applause can do for a young girl's confidence. We've been involved in Guardettes since my 17 year old was a very shy 5th grader. My daughter's self confidence and self esteem has blossomed because of Guardettes. What I like best about this organization is the family atmosphere of the team. They make sure to provide fun bonding activities for the dancrers, along with classes, performances and competitions. The other part that kept us involved with this team is that Guardettes is one of the only organizations I know of where the beginning classes perform at community events alongside the more advanced, competition teams, and EVERYONE dances in the end of the year "big" show. The teachers are talented, caring dancers and the choreography suits the ages of the dancers.

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our family has been with the Guardettes for 3 years now and we find that it is a fabulous program. Not only has it helped my daughter improve her dance skills but it has built up her self-esteem tremendously. It is a program based on team effort and it is very family oriented. It is amazing to watch the dancers shine on stage at the end of the year "big show". Although, as many could understand, my most favorite part of this whole thing is watching my little girl smile when she's performing on stage with a group of girls who she will forever consider her family.

7

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is my oldest daughter's 5th year being a Guardette. She loves it to death, not only her, but us as family love it too. We had been so pleased with the overall environment of the organization that we decided to have our 6yr old joined the team last year and recently our 4 yr old joined too. For us is very important to be involved in everything our daughters have an interest in and without hesitation this is the perfect organization(dance team)for our daughters to adquire their dance innstruction. As parents, we love the parent involvement and that our opinion counts. We love to see how our daughters enjoy every single moment. This could be during dance instruction, special gatherings with all their teammates(friends) and best of all at the awaited year end show, where every child gets to shine on stage and then we will be amazed to see how much each dancer has grown with the instruction, help and guidance from their dance instructors. Also the parent involvement is reflected. Defenitely much recommended especially if you want to belong to one of the most well known dance teams throughout the community!

6

Client Served

Rating: 4

My 13 year old daughter has been involved in dance for over 9 years and she wants to continue with dance as she grows. I feel this dance organization is a positive influence on her. She sees that dancers come in all shapes and sizes and different abilities. Everyone is treated with kindness and respect. As a parent, I feel fortunate to have found a group of friendly and fun parents to get to know through meetings, fundraisers and performances.

10

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is my daughter's 4th year dancing with the Guardettes. Prior to that she was taking classes at a dance studio. I am amazed at the growth she had mad as a dancer and a team member is such a short time. She loves it!!! She is 11 and wants to take as many classes as she can. She has many friends on the team. The girls and boys on this team are wonderful young people. They are caring and look after the younger ones. The classes have really helped my daughter to shine as a dancer. She was ready to quit dancing because I think the studio atmosphere was not right for her. With Guardettes her skill has improved so much. She tried out for Orange County High School of the Arts recently. We hope she gets in, but she won't quit Guardettes even if she does. She made that very clear. As a parent, I enjoy the "family" atmosphere at this studio. We have bbq's, pool parties, sleepovers and lots of fun. To help keep costs down, parent's volunteer their time (15hrs a year...no big deal) so we get to know each other very well. The coaches are great leaders/choreographers/dancers/role models. My daughter knows she has to work hard, but she also gets told "good job" when she has done something well. This studio does not take the fun out of dance. I would recommend this team to any family who wants a low-cost dance program that is family-oriented. It is a great experience for parents and dancers.

11

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was a member of Guardettes for 2 years. I really have to say that experience was a defining point of my life. I feel that this dance & drill team is a key factor mostly in childrens lifes. The team teaches children how to be a team because on Guardettes its not an individual that makes Guardettes successful. School does not teach children enough about the arts but dance is a fundemental part of art. My love of dance was built from the foundation Guardettes set out for me. I have moved from Garden Grove where I grew up and now I have children of my own and unfortunately I don't have an organization like this in my city.

10

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Guardettes of Orange County has been nothing but a fabulous experience for me. I danced with this team for over 7 years and had recently been granted the opportunity to teach classes. It gives kids a chance to learn different styles of dance as well as a second family. I have taken classes at many various studios and nothing compares to Guardettes. Great students, great teachers, and a positive enviorment. So glad I was given the chance to grow up here!

6

Client Served

Rating: 5

My 16 year old daughter has been dancing with Guardettes for 3 years now and it has been a wonderful experience. This organization isn't just about teaching dance, it's about building friendships and teaching an appreciation for different styles of dance. They encourage their students to do their own choreography and also to help each other. You will often see the older students helping out in the classes for younger kids. This not only improves their dance skills but gives them an opportunity to perform community service. My daughter danced at a studio for six years before she joined Guardettes. She has learned more from the staff here in a shorter time than she learned in all 6 years at that dance studio. They have several fun activies outside of dance classes to promote team bonding and friendship. My daughter loves her time there and I love the low cost & quality instruction. The board works very hard to provide a great program at a low cost and I am always impressed by how much they can do with so little.