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'Movement Without Limitations' program introduces the visually impaired to dance

Dance instructor finds challenges, rewards in teaching the visually impaired.
BY RICK ROGERS Published: March 24, 2013
/articleid/3768401/1/pictures/1987813">Photo - “Movement Without Limitations” students practice at the barre.  Photo provided
“Movement Without Limitations” students practice at the barre. Photo provided

The joy Johnston derives from teaching these classes is obvious from listening to her speak about her students' accomplishments. Her voice takes on a buoyant quality that clearly conveys her pleasure.

“These kids are so independent and don't want to be seen as people who have problems — they just want to fit in,” Johnston said. “It's really nice to see how little fear they have and just go for it. The adults tend to be overachievers. They actually do more than I ask for. But they always leave with smiles on their faces. That's really inspiring.”

Adult sessions will be held from 4:30 to 5:15 p.m. and youth sessions, for students ages 8 to 18, are scheduled from 5:30 to 6:15 p.m.

There is no cost to participate and ballet shoes are provided for first-time students. Youth participants can bring a sighted friend. Adult transportation is provided from NewView Oklahoma to the Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center.

For more information, call 951-0000 or go to


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