Inclusive dance classes for children from the Saginaw YMCA

SAGINAW, MI – New inclusive dance classes for children and teens will begin at the YMCA of Saginaw the week of Monday, April 5.

Dance teacher Kraig Kramer, owner of Kamelion Visions LLC, said its classes are accessible to all children, regardless of their ability or disability.

Kramer has been dancing for as long as he can remember. He was born with a clubfoot, a birth defect in the foot, and dancing helped him walk, he said.

“They were clubbed to the point that my toes were behind me so the doctor said if my mom didn’t put me in something that would actually strengthen my feet or my ankles, I would never be able to walk,” a- he said, noting that he started dancing before he was 2 years old.

Classes for children and adolescents aged 2-18 include ballet, lyrical song, jazz and tap dancing. Sessions begin the first week of the month and last for four consecutive weeks.

More information on the program and prices here.

Kramer, who previously owned a dance studio in downtown Saginaw, said the art form had a powerful impact on his life.

“It taught me the love of life,” he said. “It taught me the confidence that no one can touch.”

And he believes it can make a difference in the lives of kids today.

“It can give kids the love to do something they’ve never done before,” he said. “They can turn around and say, ‘Hey, look what I can do.’ You know, it’s the best thing in the world. It is something that a child will take with him for the rest of his life.

The Saginaw YMCA is located at 1915 Fordney Street. saginawymca.org or call 989-753-7721 to learn more.

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