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Free 2 Be Me Dance: Ballet class for kids with Down syndrome

In her March column in O magazine, Martha Beck writes about how to "Go with the Flow," riding the waves of the flood of information. She talks about finding community online, how different her life may have been, had she been able to Google "prenatal diagnosis Down syndrome" when she learned her son was diagnosed with Down syndrome. The third article she found now said, "Advice for women whose baby will be born with Down syndrome often comes from a perspective of misinformation and discouragement rather than celebration." "Celebration!" Beck writes. "A wise, diverse, knowledgeable crowd would've been there—right there!—to counsel and support me better than my friends possibly could."

Free 2 Be Me Dance class provides exactly that, in person. As their kids learn ballet and boogie to drum beats and pop music, their mothers (mostly) spend the hour talking, sharing stories and ideas and parenting tips. Read the whole story of my visit to the class here.

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Maria Howe's picture

Adaptive Ballet

Rebecca,

That is such a great idea! A tailor made ballet class for Down kids mixed with a supportive environment for parents is really wonderful. These are very dedicated folks and I hope they are able to continue expanding the program. Thanks for sharing your article.

Best,
Maria

Nusrat Ara's picture

That is a very good

That is a very good initiative.

Nusrat

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