Amaya’s love for dance began when a caregiver showed her some ballet dance positions: pirouette, plie and arabesque. She learned them (in her own style) and was excited to show anyone who asked for a demonstration. At that time, I asked around about a dance class for children with special needs but no one was aware of any. A couple years later I saw a reference to a dance recital on Gigi’s Playhouse website calendar. I immediately called Miss Jen at Celebrations Dance Center and she welcomed Amaya to the class.
There are not many opportunities for physical activity for special needs children. In Amaya’s case, she does not fit in well in classes or sports for typical children; it is too distressing for her. The dance class at Celebrations is a nice opportunity for Amaya to get some exercise and have fun as well. She enjoys meeting with her peers outside of school and has made friends in the class.
She feels like a beautiful ballerina when she puts on a dance costume and goes on stage in front of an audience and I am a proud parent when I watch her dance on stage. We are so very thankful to Miss Jen and the dance buddies who volunteer their time to make this possible for us!