'A Chance to Dance': Special needs competitive dance team stepping over limits

Proving that music and dance are universal, children with special needs are practicing as a competitive dance team set to take part in a competition next month. The team's name is 'A Chance to Dance.' Kim Smith is the leader and instructor.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Proving that music and dance are universal, children with special needs are practicing as a competitive dance team set to take part in a competition next month. The team's name is 'A Chance to Dance.' Kim Smith is the leader and instructor.

"When you're teaching dance, you don't have to have to connect with words you just connect through movement," said Smith. "They love it."

Smith's daughter has Autism and Smith wasn't able to find the right place for her daughter to dance, so she made a plea on Facebook.

"Almost immediately Miss Donna, who actually owns the studio here sent me a message and said tell me what you want, and let's do this and that's how it started."

Some of the members have Down Syndrome, Spina Bifida, and various degrees of Autism, but here on the dance floor, parent Paula Holsclaw only sees their abilities.

"It warms my heart," said Holsclaw speaking about her daughter Bianna's dancing. "I'm glad she fits in somewhere."

Next month the team will take part in the 'Legacy Dance Championships' to be held in Charlotte's Ovens Auditorium, but no matter what, Smith believes the team is already a success.

"They have already won. It is the most rewarding feeling in the world to watch them do what they do."


 

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