2Dance2Dream brings dance to all kids

The dancers at 2Dance2Dream stand in a circle in a Balance Dance Studios classroom. The music is thumping.

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Pilar Rivera, 15, takes her turn dancing across the room. “I like McKenna teaching me,” she says. “I love the dance moves we’re doing.” Kelly West/AMERICAN-STATESMAN

One by one they take turns entering the circle and showing off their dance moves, but then there’s a pause.

A dancer hesitates. Another dancer takes her hand and they move into the circle to dance together.

This is the vision of 2Dance2Dream: that all kids can dance; that all kids will want to dance, given the encouragement, the patience and maybe some assistance.

The organization is the brainchild of Austinite Julie Lyles Carr, 49, and her daughter McKenna Carr, 22. Since 2011, local dance studios have opened up their classrooms for 2Dance2Dream to bring dance instruction to kids with special needs including Down syndrome, autism, cerebral palsy, chromosomal anomalies and undiagnosed differences.

“It has its own magic,” says Julie Lyles Carr, who serves in the women’s ministry at LifeAustin church and has written a parenting advice book, “Raising An Original.” “There’s nothing like seeing someone exceed what people think.

We’re bringing the Austin Arts blog up to date by teasing to recent and still relevant arts stories on other American-Statesman and Austin360 pages.

This was a snippet of Nicole Villalpando’s piece for dance for all.


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