Kenya Flowers of Fairfield, Ohio, was inspired by her 12-year-old son Dehvin. His love for the performing arts gave her the idea to open a creative studio for children who have special needs.
"They can express themselves through dance. They can express themselves through movement."
Special Techniques Dance Studio is open to all children and all the kids in the group express themselves through dance. Some have special needs and some don't. One of the goals at Special Techniques Dance Studio is for all the children to interact with each other.
"My family, we all grew up dancing, but one thing I thought was awesome is my son who has special needs picked up on every move even quicker than we would. So, I just thought it was a good idea to reach out to other parents" Flowers explained.
"He really comes to life, on stage, not just on stage but on camera phone camera, TV camera, just cameras!"
Her son, Dehvin, has Down syndrome and is on a dance team. He has a huge following on social media and has even been featured in People Magazine.
"I feel like they'll be able to get joy. To express themselves also here. I feel like it will help them build character, be able to be comfortable with themselves here."
—RonShay Kelly - Dance Instructor
At Special Techniques, kids learn tap, jazz, hip-hop and ballet. RonShay Kelly is one of the instructors and she believes in Flowers' dream.
The studio will also teach yoga, martial arts, and fitness. For Flowers, this is a labor of love, a way to honor her son, and her chance to help other families who have children with special needs.
The studio needs more instructors to teach the children and they are looking for other volunteers.
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