Dancing Without Limits nonprofit offers free online dance lessons for children with special needs

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DANVILLE, Calif., (KRON) – A group of high school girls are helping children with special needs through dance as orders for on-site accommodation continue.

Dance without limits is a Danville-based nonprofit organization dedicated to serving children with Down syndrome in the Bay Area through dance. With the coronavirus epidemic, the association now offers free online dance lessons.

The association was co-founded by four high school girls attending secondary schools in San Ramon Valley and Monte Vista. With schools closed due to the coronavirus, the group wanted to continue giving children living with Down syndrome a form to express themselves during quarantine.

“They are so excited about these dance classes,” said co-founder Shelby Storm. “We’re going to put on a song and it will literally light up their faces… it’s so contagious it makes us all smile.”

The four girls have known each other by dancing together in competition for years at the Next Step Dance Studio. The group started Dancing Without Limits during their freshman year of high school in hopes of sharing their love for dancing with children living with special needs.

Co-founders Amanda Capovilla, Kylie Rhodes, Shelby Storm, Savannah London.

Before the shelter-in-place orders, Dancing Without Limits organized dance lessons in Danville with no less than 20 children.

“We all dance competitively, so we wanted to show that to kids with special needs,” Storm said. “We can give them that opportunity to dance that we have.”

For the past few weeks, Dancing Without Limits has run free online classes every Saturday from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.

“The class always makes my week and makes me smile seeing all the kids smile,” Storm said.

You can join the class through associations website by scrolling to the bottom of the page and clicking on “Join the class”.

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