Lee’s Summit North Dance Team brings art of dance to students with special needs

July 10, 2013 

Several members of the Lee’s Summit North High School Dance Team, lead by coach Aubrey Shortino, recently brought the art of dance to students in the Lee’s Summit R-7 Extended Year School Program.

“The Northern Stars did an awesome job, they were full of energy, engaged with the kids, and were very patient as the kids learned the routine,” said Bianca Brown, paraprofessional in the extended year program.

The students learned basic steps and moves to the Lee’s Summit North fight song.

“These kids have to work so hard to do what they do,” said Karen Transmeier, licensed practical nurse. “They are just amazing.”

The students may believe they are just dancing but they were also working on their occupational and physical therapy goals during a fun activity. As we all know, dancing to the music greatly improves your mood.

“The students were grinning ear to ear as they showed off their dance creativity during the free dance time,” said Kay Rader, R-7 special-education teacher. “The staff and dance team watched with smiles just as big as the students.”

Darla Nelson, interpreter for the deaf, added: “The kids just let themselves go and danced and danced. It really brought some of the children out of their shell. Through arts such as dance, the children can really shine and show the world what they can do.”

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