We had the good fortune of connecting with Ethan Levy and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Ethan, how does your business help the community?
Dork dancing is a free dance movement & mental health advocacy campaign where celebration & activism meet for a happier & healthier world. We are working to make dance as accessible as possible. Dance is often an overlooked and undervalued resource to solve problems. There’s a range of powerful benefits that dance offers and we are working to allow more people to experience those benefits directly.
What should our readers know about your business?
I am most proud of the accessibility of Dork Dancing as a free resource for the community. We are fueled by the belief that everyone deserves access to mental health support. Dance is something within us — wherever we may go. My hope is people will remember this and carry the dancing spirit within them as a kind of self-care tool. As more people learn to dance expressively without fear of judgment, the more we can inspire others to do the same.
Creating Dork Dancing has been a lot of work, but it is extremely fulfilling and rewarding. For me, it’s the gift that keeps on giving. As of now, we still don’t have the business model figured out, but I am focusing on impact first. I believe money and opportunity will follow.
To learn more about the story of Dork Dancing and how we got to where we are, please view the Dork Dancing documentary: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E-YxyV-D7e0.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I would take them to our Dork Dancing events! We organize every Friday at 5:30PM at City Park, every Saturday at 10AM at Wash Park, and every Sunday at 10AM at Sloans Lake. We are adding new times and locations soon as well, which you can find on our website. The parks in Denver are very beautiful and when we can come together as a community in these public spaces, that makes the beauty of the park even brighter. To learn more about our events, you can find that here:
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would like to shoutout to the volunteer team in Da Nang, Vietnam: Bence Irmes, Lil Trammy, Michael Brand, and Dung Mai. They are currently leading the Dork Dancing effort in Vietnam and doing incredible work organizing the community & advocating for mental health together. Without their support, Dork Dancing would not be flourishing in the way it is today.
Other: Watch our documentary here! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E-YxyV-D7e0