The class includes, but is not limited to, children ages 4-17 with Spina Bifida, Down’s Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, and autism.
The I CAN! Dance class is a free dance class and was formed when the director of the program, Julie Mayberry, was asked by her daughter, Katie, if she could take a dance class like her big sister Ellie. Katie was born with spina bifida and uses a wheelchair for mobility. Mayberry said “Why not?”
The goal for the class is to not only give these children the opportunity to perform on the stage with bright lights and fancy costumes, but to show to as many spectators as possible that these children CAN dance and have the same dreams and desires as other children.
The group has performed at numerous events, including a national dance competition, the Ms. Wheelchair Arkansas pageant, local churches, Christmas parties, and dance recitals.
The class also includes “Dancing Buddies.” These are traditional dancers who provide more one on one attention for the children who need the extra assistance to learn the routine, propel a wheelchair, move arms, or just keep focused.
Key Benefits for Children with Disabilities:
- Physical fitness
- Social skills development
- Gross motor development
- Self confidence booster
- Networking and support for the parents
- Opportunity for the children to be around other children with similar needs to form lifelong friendships
Fall Registration Coming Soon!