This past Sunday was Kylie's Ballet Recital with Dance Without Limits.
Dance Without Limits is a unique Dance Program that provides dance opportunities for children who experience special needs. They partner with Ballet Des Moines and their experienced ballerinas to pair up helpers (older girls) with DWOL dancers (younger children).
Kylie has had 2 helpers this year: Chloe and Ellen. They are fabulous and she loves them!! They know just how to get her to do each move and often patiently wade through Kylie's moods on any given dance day. These girls are ANGELS!!
Dance Without Limits has really expanded Kylie's world in so many ways. She sincerely loves it.
Ballet has also been beneficial for making friends, working on balance, speech, timing, gracefulness, and so many other things that our girl needs.
At the end of every session, They do "free dance" and Kylie cracks us up as she leads her helpers in a hilarious dance. We call it the reindeer dance because that is what it looks like! It is so funny and her helpers are such good sports at letting Kylie take the lead.
Every recital, we try to do something special for Kylie's Teachers. This recital we decided to make hand-print tutus. I didn't know if Kylie would go for it- having to put her hand in paint, but she did really well.
We used this leotard template and traced it onto sparkly paper. We only used the top half as we planned to make a tutu for the bottom part.
For the tutu, we first painted Kylie's hands white and then placed them strategically on the paper to form the tutu.
Once the paint dried, we added iridescent glitter dots over the tutu to give it some sparkle
This is what it looked like "in progress" so you can see the dots (When the glue dries you only see the dots when the light hits them - they are very subtle)
Then, we just embellished with ribbon and adhesive jewels to fancy it up a bit.
The last step was giving it a "frame" and some stability with black poster board.
On the back of the board, we glued Kylie's Thank You notes.
and here she is with Miss Julianna
Dance Without Limits has become a family affair. We all love it and receive great joy from those who graciously serve our daughter.
Thank you so much Dance Without Limits and all the donors from Ballet Des Moines and the Community who support these little ones who experience special needs!
What a GIFT you give to our family!!