COMMUNITY RESPONSE

 
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Thank you! Thank you for everything!...As the mother of a 6 year old with Down syndrome who has fought tirelessly for full inclusion on every level, I LOVE that you…thought of doing something like this!...Music, dance, and art offer a medium for special needs children to express themselves more easily. That is why I think your program is so amazing! [My daughter] LOVED the class, she told everyone the rest of the weekend that she was a ballerina!
– Cathy Tiquia, Parent
 
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[The staff] worked wonderfully with my students. This is the first time my students have ever participated in a dance class like this, and it was great.
   – Pryscilla Yanes, Special Education Teacher, Mitchell Child Development
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[My daughter] loved the class, especially…the theme. She danced for hours after showing off the moves she learned in class. I loved the way it was set up. The kids are not just expected to follow a routine, they have…time to share their thoughts and explore movements they can create using their [bodies]. Also, I heard music being explained to them in terms they can understand and then shown when the musician would change up the tune. Having a musician and not recorded music was...the most awesome thing to add to the class! Thank you so much for the opportunity. I would love for [my daughter] to do it again!
– Gladys Harrison, Parent
 
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I observed a girl who uncharacteristically said, 'I'm not done dancing,' when her Mom said 'Let's go,' and then further surprised mom by saying 'Yay!' for pictures which she usually shies away from.
- Shyamala Moorty, Curriculum Writer
 
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My girls have a love of ballet and dancing. Yet, they can’t join any regular classes. We’ve tried and the attention is just not where it needs to be, so it’s nice to have a class available to them. Where they can be part of everything, and just do it their own way. I have two girls here, and they’re twirling around, and frolicking and they just had a blast!
– Manda Lockwood, Parent
 
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One of our kids here, it was the first time in his motorized wheelchair. He’s only really been out in his neighborhood and to be able to come in to a setting with other children and move around in his wheelchair with other children and be able to participate with other children was huge for him. So that was one big milestone. I also noticed some kids who didn’t want to leave at the end, who voiced, "I don’t want to go," who’d had a hard time initially coming into the circle… so there were definitely some nice milestones!
– Moira Miller, Manager of Therapy Services, United Cerebral Palsy Orange County