Story and Mission
he foundation was started by Kerrie Benson,
who wanted to create something special and
fun that her autistic son, Rock, could participate
in without judgment. His love of hip hop music and
movement is what sparked the idea 10 years ago.
The Dance Without Limits Foundation serves
individuals with special needs of all ages by giving
them a chance to take a dance class in a loving
environment where everyone is welcome! The program
has grown from a small class of 7 special needs
kids and one teacher to over 125 special needs kids
and adults being served by 9 teachers in 3 markets
including Mobile, Daphne, Fairhope and Birmingham!
In addition to dance classes, DWL also offers special
needs yoga and cheernastics. The cheernastics class is
training for the Special Olympics this year!
Candy and Stickers to use as rewards
A Wedge Gymnastics Mat
Donations for specialized equipment
Donations for dancer scholarships
Volunteers to help at class on Tuesday and Thursday
evenings, and prayer that our dancers can reach
their full potential!
Our Upcoming Events
• February 17 - Look for the DWL float in the
Order of Venus parade
• May 2020 - Annual Recital
Michael Jackson Tribute!
• June 2020 - Ballet Camp
• August 2020 - Yoga Camp
• September 2020 - Enrollment for fall classes
10 Get out and #DoSomeGood in 2020!
No age or disability is off limits. Special mobility
equipment is available for those who cannot walk or
sit up on their own so that they can dance just like
everyone else! Noise-cancelling earphones, weighted
vests and sensory toys are used for kids with autism
who are sensitive to sound and environments. Each
dancer gets a volunteer “buddy” to help them through
class and to be an encouragement. The classes aren’t
just fun and games though - the dancers take a class
very similar to a regular dance class including warm
up, skills, learning choreography and performing in a
year-end recital with costumes!
The volunteers say they’d rather be at Dance Without
Limits than anywhere else because to see the smile
on the dancers’ faces is so worth the effort it takes to
be there every week. DWL operates as a non-profit,
therefore the fee to take classes is minimal. DWL is
funded by grants and donations. Scholarships are
available to families who cannot afford the class so
that everyone can have a chance to dance. The classes
also give caregivers a much needed break to relax or
bond with other special needs parents in the lobby.
4715 Airport Blvd. • Mobile, AL 36608
Eastern Shore Branch
66 S. Section St. • Fairhope, AL 36532