Classes give children with Down syndrome 'Chance to Dance'

The classes at the Dance Center of Oklahoma City Ballet are for children with Down syndrome and run through May 23.
by Matt Patterson Modified: January 14, 2013 at 8:23 pm •  Published: January 15, 2013

This is the first class of its kind for the Dance Center. Vorburger has seen classes for adults with Parkinson's disease and other conditions that were successful in helping with coordination and lifting spirits.

“We have hired a specialist to teach this class, and as a matter of fact, she was one of our instructors,” Vorburger said. “In the past she has done some camps for kids with a variety of disabilities. It was just by happenstance that she was with us already, but it is a good fit.”

Meyers-Winkler said children with Down syndrome won't have much trouble learning the basics of ballet and dance.

“They will face the same challenges other kids will face,” Meyers-Winkler said. “Our kids are like anyone else. They go to typical classrooms at their schools, they like music and they like to move around.”

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by Matt Patterson
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Matt Patterson has been with The Oklahoman since 2006. Prior to joining the news staff in 2010, Patterson worked in The Oklahoman's sports department for five years. He previously worked at The Lawton Constitution and The Edmond Sun....
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Chance to Dance

Chance to Dance classes will be from 10 to 10:45 a.m. Saturdays through May 23 at Dance Center of Oklahoma City Ballet, 7421 N Classen Blvd. Classes are limited to 12 students. Tuition is $60 per month. For more information, call 843-9898.

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