Our Mission

Dancing for Diabetes has been spreading awareness about Type 1 Diabetes through the art of dance since 2000.  We create and participate in a variety of events and initiatives to educate the community about the realities of living with Type 1 Diabetes – and raise funds to assist in finding a cure.  And for those living with the daily reality of Type 1 Diabetes, we offer a supportive community with many interactive programs and creative resources designed to empower you to live a healthy and active lifestyle.


Until a cure for Type 1 Diabetes is found, it is our mission to support the approximately 1.25 million American children and adults whose lives are impacted. We do this with passion to support those we serve and with gratitude for the impact made possible through the leadership of our Board of Directors and through the generosity of our sponsors and community partners.

Our Story

What started as a community fundraiser organized by a middle school student and small group of trusted advisers, has blossomed into an impactful and well respected nonprofit organization – spreading awareness about Type 1 Diabetes through the art of dance.  And the Dancing for Diabetes show, celebrating 19 years  (in 2019) of impacting Type 1 Diabetes has blossomed into a full scale theatrical production involving hundreds of talented local dancers and loyal community supporters – and is well considered one of Orlando’s premiere charity entertainment events of the year.

Founder of Dancing for Diabetes, Elizabeth Forrest was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at 10 years of age.  As a student in Holley Ricker’s dance class at Millennium Middle School in Sanford, Florida starting a nonprofit organization was not something she’d thought about doing before, but neither was being diagnosed with Diabetes.  After her diagnosis, she was driven by a determination to not let diabetes negatively impact her life and inspired to create the nonprofit organization we know of today as Dancing for Diabetes – as a way to bring attention to the stories of over 1.5 million Americans who are living with Type 1 Diabetes, to offer support to those who have been diagnosed and to raise funds to find a cure.

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