The Connor Bishop Zion Foundation (CBZ Foundation) is a 501c)(3) not-for-profit organization formed with the vision of helping youth dancers and those with disabilities pursue their education and competitive Dancesport goals. The Foundation will provide scholarship awards and fund programs associated with dance classes, private coaching, competitions, and dance costuming.
In addition, CBZ partners with organizations that provide information and services to assist junior and youth dancers with their competitive journey.
Ballroom and Latin dancing continues to grow in popularity throughout the world. More and more of our youth are being introduced to this wholesome andexciting team sport. These young talented dancers dream of pursuing their goals and passion for dance to its fullest extent. How-ever, many of these bright stars cannot train to the level they would like due to limitations in finances.
CBZ Foundation’s mission is to assist those who want the experience of this very special sport and help them not only dream it but, to live it.
Connor was a Latin and Ballroom dancer who began his dance career at the age of 8 in Seattle, WA. He continued to pursue his dancing through the years with numerous accomplishments and awards which included National Titles and, Junior Olympic Gold medals in Dancesport. Connor’s life was tragically cut short in September, 2013 at the young age of 21. Dance was his passion.
Connor’s long term plans included fundraising to help others with their dance expenses and, he wanted to introduce Ballroom dancing to youth, those with disabilities, and high risk. His compassion for those with special needs was close to his heart as a person who suffered from epilepsy. At the end of day he said dance was what centered him and what he loved. He wanted to share that love with others.
The CBZ Foundation was formed as a legacy to continue his dance dreams by helping others pursue theirs.