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Dancer helps hospitalized children in Bethany step up their self-esteem

Mindy Cash teaches dance classes for patients at The Children's Center in Bethany.
BY MELISSA RICHEY, For The Oklahoman Published: June 8, 2013

Mindy Cash had undergone numerous reconstructive surgeries by the time she was 9, and her self-confidence was low. Her mother placed her in dance class in hopes of building her self-esteem.

Today, Cash is a special education teacher at The Children's Center and is enriching the lives of the patients through dance. Not as a performer, but as a teacher.

“Point, flex, point, flex,” Cash reminded her class members during a recent rehearsal. “I know personally how much music and dance can positively influence a child's life.”

A different plan

Cash has danced competitively at local and national competitions, even performing with a dance group in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York. She recently started a weekly dance class for patients at The Children's Center.

“My hope is by starting this program, we can enrich these girls' lives by giving them the opportunity to dance and express themselves through movement,” she said.

Although Cash would have liked to start the program when she began at The Children's Center 10 years ago, God had a different plan, she said. She said all factors had to be in place to achieve the results only God can provide.

“From the donated funds that purchased the dancer's leotard and shoes to the staff that assists with the program, it has come together with results that can only come from God above,” she said.

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