NKY dance studio offering classes for students with special needs

Posted at 2:20 PM, Sep 29, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-29 18:01:27-04

FORT WRIGHT, Ky. -- Dancing can be therapeutic. 

A new program called Rhythm Works is all about helping those with special needs through dance.

Dance teacher Allie Blau said she gets someone new out of dancing every day.

"The most fun part of it is, I love to dance, and getting to teach other ones to learn that love to dance and perform and feel the confidence, that's what does it for me," she said.

Blau has been teaching dance to 17-year-old Melorah McMahan for about three years. Melorah has been diagnosed with Dravet syndrome, a type of epilepsy which causes seizures and developmental delays.

"The first time I saw her walk in here, her shoulders were more forward and drawn in," Blau said. "And now I see her walk in and her shoulders are back, she's standing up and her shoulders are back and she's glowing."

Blau's hoping to do more of this at Studio Dee in Northern Kentucky. They're holding special rhythm works classes for special needs kids and adults once a week for seven weeks. 

The teachers will work with the dancers' physical and occupational therapists to develop programs for them. They went through a special certification to better understand the students' needs. 

"I feel that there is a bigger purpose for me out there in dance," Blau said. "It's not just to teach every day, it's to extend my love to everyone regardless of their abilities."

It'll cost about $150 to take the session. For more information about Rhythm Works, click here to visit the Studio Dee website.