A dance floor can’t last forever. Repetitive pounding of feet, year after year, causes damage on hard wood floors. Cracks and other imperfections not only affect the dancers’ steps but can causes them to trip and fall.

Debra Bolanos, Director of Xel-Ha Escuela de Danza in East Chicago, knew it was time to replace her dance floor but needed financial help to do so. That’s why she applied for a Foundations of East Chicago (FEC) grant.

With the funding she received, a brand new floor was installed. Adults and children can once again attend classes and performances, enhancing their dancing ability and providing safety as they twirl and step to the rhythm. Xel-Ha is a Mexican Ballet Folklore school where dancers are taught the artistry of the Mexican culture, history and energy.

Check out this video of dancers on their new floor!