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A very special dance for my students:
The beautiful bride in this video is my sister, Chloe. I want to share this moment in her story because I am sure it will inspire many, as it has inspired me. We hope you will share it, too. The finish is especially beautiful, so don't miss it!
I remember the day Chloe and Jason walked up to me and told me they wanted their first dance to look like the scene from High School Musical where the lead characters waltzed to the song, “Can I Have This Dance.” My first thought was a question--"You mean the dance filled with jumps, lifts, and complicated dance moves...uh that one?".
For those you who don't know Chloe and Jason, Chloe has Down Syndrome, and Jason has learning differences. These exceptionalities have never stopped them from doing the things that brought them joy and happiness—including getting engaged and planning their wedding. Knowing this, my second thought and response to them was, "Game on!".
There was only one problem…I was neither a dance teacher nor a choreographer. After talking with friends, we found a highly recommended instructor. Sondra Chan. When Chloe and Jason first told this dance teacher of their plan, she was skeptical.
The first dance lesson changed her perspective as she began to see their capability and desire to create a beautiful dance. She was no longer a skeptic; she was partner—committed to helping Jason and Chloe create a memory of a lifetime.
After hours of dance lessons, the couple had their last meeting with the teacher. As she turned the song on and sat back to watch, her eyes filled with tears. Chloe and Jason completed the routine flawlessly.
Chloe and Jason, once again, proved they are overcomers.
It takes two to Tango…in this case, it took a very talented and kind dance teacher, and two committed dance students, to create one of the most beautiful first dances I have ever seen.
It's amazing what can happen in the lives of those with special needs when one person chooses to be an advocate rather than a skeptic.