Warriors Beyond War is a 501(c)(3) veteran lead & veteran focused nonprofit organization created to provide various forms of dance as recreational therapy programs to the many veterans and active duty men/women & first responder who may be battling with the visible or invisible injuries, scars and wounds left from combat or otherwise gained while in service to our country or after. In addition provide our programs free of charge to immediate family members of those heroes who were killed in the line of duty. We aim to enrich the lives of those service members, first responder & immediate family members who may have been exposed to and affected physically, emotionally or mentally by a traumatic event & the rigors of war.
Our deep roots in Salsa dancing
Before establishing Warriors Beyond War, CEO David Murcio was the Executive Director for the nonprofit organization Soldiers Who Salsa (see video below with information about SWS) which used Salsa dancing as a form of recreational therapy to help wounded veterans and active duty personnel. In addition to his 13 year military career with the U.S. Marine Corps to include combat tours in Iraq, David was also a Salsa instructor, performer and choreographer with almost 20 years of extensive dance experience. The unique merging of both careers and experiences helped him understand the immense benefits that come with providing recreational therapy to our
wounded warriors as a tool to first reconnect with our wounded, then our recreational therapy programs reinforce them with the tools that are necessary for their healing process to put them on the path of recovery. During his time with Soldiers Who Salsa, David helped expand the organization to the Midwest and opened the first ever program of its kind at the Jesse Brown V.A. hospital. He also personally attended and took part in many of the existing programs in the West Coast. Below is a report published by ABC news in San Diego about Soldiers Who Salsa, the organization that David lead.