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People with special needs "Dance Without Limits"

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Dance Without Limits is a dance class exclusively for people with special needs. As one tee-shirt reads, it’s “hip hop with my homies with extra chromies”.

“It gives them something they love, something that’s theirs. Your typical kids ask to do 50 million things and a lot of times, special needs kids don’t have those options,” said Rene Sprague whose son Elijah has cerebral palsy and autism.

Sprague says at first, Elijah didn’t like the dance classes. They were too loud and crowded. After a rough first year, Sprague stuck with it and now, Elijah loves it.

“It has improved his communication skills and he sings along with the music. He has cerebral palsy so its increased his muscle flexibility. It makes him move in ways he wouldn’t normally move without him knowing it because he’s having fun and loving it,” Sprague said.

Elijah is just one of many kids who enjoy the dance classes where they’re free to express themselves and they feel supported.

“My favorite is hip hop and I really like it. I’ve just always loved dancing and I dance around the house,” said dancer Alexander Walley. He has been dancing since he was three and his favorite thing to do is break dance.

Joey Kountz, who is also a dancer, says he likes making new friends and loves to move. ”We can do all types of dances, it’s fun and it’s also very awesome,” he said.

Each kid is paired with a volunteer to help him or her dance or stay on task. The volunteers are high school and collage age students. Some are special education teachers who donate their time so there’s a volunteer for each child.

"It's amazing to see people that are in wheelchairs and that can't walk, standing up doing the moves because they have somebody to help," said Kerrie Benson, the owner of Dance Without Limits.

The classes are available for preschool kids through adults. They’re offered Tuesday and Thursday afternoons November-May at the Azalea City Center for the Arts. Volunteers will be on hand to assist any child who needs an extra hand physically or needs help staying on task. The classes are $50 each and some scholarships are available.

To sign up contact (251) 391-0244 or e-mail 

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