Tasting joy

Another group of Footsteps dancers spreading their wings are those in A Chance to Dance classes.  This is our area’s only program uniquely designed for special needs dance students, and they have made great strides in just two years’ time.

In addition to wonderful teachers, Buddies play an important role.  Whether they are simply dancing alongside and modeling one-on-one …

… or taking a personal, hands-on approach, Buddies and dancers quickly form close friendships.

Classtime is a highlight of the week for everyone involved …

… and dancers don’t stop dancing until they’re out of the door!

I photographed many of these students last year and am amazed by how much they’ve grown and learned since then.

Each one knows she is safe and loved here, and this security shows in their eagerness to learn new terms, new steps, and new routines.

Clearly, the joy of dancing knows no boundaries.  The love of tippity-tappity shoes and all things sparkly uplifts all souls.

Given a chance, all CAN dance.

Thanks, Buddies, for helping to make this program possible.  Thanks, dancers, for making it so much fun!

Every word You give me is a miracle word – how could I help but obey?

Break open Your words, let the light shine out, let ordinary people see the meaning.

Psalm 119:129-130 MESSAGE

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