The Mobile Rundown 2020 - Page 10

Story and Mission T 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! Wish List: • • • • • • • Paper products Candy and Stickers to use as rewards Glow sticks 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. Contact Us 251-610-4969 Mobile Branch 4715 Airport Blvd. • Mobile, AL 36608 Eastern Shore Branch 66 S. Section St. • Fairhope, AL 36532 @DanceWL