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Christina dances with "I CAN!" dancers

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BENTON (KATV) - Some of them may not even be able to walk but Saturday... they all danced!

The event was called "I CAN! Dance with the Stars" and it featured special needs children who are part of the "I CAN" dance program created by Julie Mayberry.

Channel 7's Christina Munoz joined some of the dancers as a fairy godmother and her daughter, Sydney, also danced on stage. Click the link to the left to see their entire dance routine.

More information on the I CAN! dance program from creator Julie Mayberry:

"The  I CAN! Dance class began when two year-old Katie Mayberry – born with spina bifida and mobile through the use of a wheelchair – asked her mother if she could take a dance class like her big sister, Ellie. Her mom, Julie, replied, "When you turn three." Julie thought Katie would forget about it. When Katie turned three she asked her mom again and Julie knew she had to find other children with disabilities to form a dance class.

The first class began in 2005 with two students. In 2008, I CAN! Dance was adopted by the 501 (c)3 non-profit Community Connections to be able to expand its classes. In 2013, there are nine dance classes in Central Arkansas including North Little Rock, Conway, Hot Springs and East End.  Each class has approximately ten children, ages four to adult, with disabilities including spina bifida, Down's syndrome, cerebral palsy, autism and other developmental delays.

The classes also include dancing "Buddies." These are children, ages ten to adult, who assist with children in need of one-on-one attention. Some need help moving their arms and wheelchairs, while others need help focusing their attention. Some of the Buddies are siblings to the children, allowing these families to enjoy an activity together.

Taking a quote from Dr. Seuss in The Lorax referring to a seed, "It's not about what it is, it's about what it can become." I CAN! Dance sees individuals with special needs the same way. "It is not about what special needs children are, but about what they can become." 

Click here for more information on the I CAN! dance program.

 

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