How I started volunteering – I started volunteering with my Mother though the National Charity League. Once I found out that “Free 2 Be Me” needed volunteers to help out in their special needs dance class I knew I had to be a part of this wonderful program. I got really excited because it was a way to incorporate my passion for dance to help others.
Why I started – I started volunteering because I enjoy sharing the love I have for dance with others. It takes a while for the students to warm up to new people but when they do you feel so much of the love and kindness that they have to offer. So many Smiles, Hugs & High 5’s it is great!
Why I continue – I continue to volunteer because I love any form of dance. While helping out I feel I am making a difference and I have become attached to all our students. I know each of their personalities and proud to call them my friends. You also don’t see very many dance classes for special need students. All the ballet and dance schools/programs that I have attended in the last 8 years did not offer these types of classes. When I go off to college in a couple of years I would like to start a special needs dance class at whatever school I end up at.
Why I think dance for special needs students is so beneficial- Dance for Special need students is very beneficial because I have noticed that kids of special needs have difficulty expressing what they are feeling and I think dance gives them an opportunity to do so creatively. It is a way to learn their different personalities and connect with them. If it were up to me every dance program would have a class for special needs students. But, the bottom line is it makes them happy! It makes me happy to always see their smiling faces and positive outlook. Each new class brings in the opportunity of meeting new friends. It is a joy to watch everyone dance and express themselves. During their “free dance time” (which is their favorite part of the class), they each express themselves with different movements. Dance is also good for their self-confidence, coordination and body awareness.