Program allows dancers with special needs to shine

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RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Five years ago, Jo Horne had no idea her son, Jordan, was such a talented dancer. But after she started Miracles in Motion, she says it was clear he found his calling.

“That boy lights the stage up,” she told 8News Reporter Evanne Armour. “He is a firecracker.”

31e25a945b1543099d43f46e1f111022Miracles in Motion is a dance troupe for people with special needs. Kim Moncrief founded it in 2007.

“I was teaching competitive dance and I got pregnant with my son and found out he had Down syndrome,” she said.

When she realized there wasn’t a class for kids like her son, Logan, she created one.

“They deserve to have the best just like anybody deserves to have the best,” Moncrief added.

Over the years, the program has grown to more than 50 dancers — including teens and adults.

It’s an activity Michael Carpenter wasn’t necessarily expecting for his daughter, Taylor, who also has Down syndrome.

“At one point, she was in a posterior walker and struggling for us to get her to walk,” he said. “Now, she’s moving into dancing, splits and doing jumps and doing anything else that anybody can do.”

Moncrief and her team are making sure everyone has a shot at the spotlight.

“There’s not a lot of places for these wonderful, special people to do that,” said volunteer director Jaimie Lee Quackenbush. “They were born to move and feel the music and move their bodies.”

“They were born to move and feel the music and move their bodies.” — Jaimie Lee Quackenbush

But it isn’t just providing quality dance instruction. Parents like Horne say it’s increasing their children’s confidence and overall skill level.

“It has made all the difference in [Jordan’s] life,” she said.

Miracles in Motion just started a new season. If you know someone who would like to dance or volunteer with the troupe, click here for more information.

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