Stop by the Arts in Motion Dance and Music Studio in Ann Arbor this fall and you’ll see something sure to bring a smile to your face: kids with special needs experiencing the joy of dance. Beginning dance for special needs classes start September 10 and combine discipline with fun. A variety of music is played to inspire the children in the two classes (one for children age 3-6 taught by studio director Amanda Stanger-Read, and another for youths and teens over age 7 taught by her husband, former physical education teacher Scott Read). The youngsters enjoy the chance to set their innate creativity free and build confidence while they improve their ability to navigate their way through the world. “A kid who comes in to class in a bad mood [always] comes out in a better mood,” Stanger-Read said. The Down Syndrome Support Team in Ann Arbor helps subsidize a portion of the dancers’ tuition.
Arts In Motion, 2841 Boardwalk Dr. 734-222-6246. www.artsinmotion.net —SG