Dancing isn’t just fun, it can also be very therapeutic. The Student Advisory Committee of Mission Viejo will host “Move to the Beat of Your Heart” on Mondays, August 26, Sept.16, 30, Oct. 14 and 18 from 4:30-5:30 pm at Norman P Murray Community & Senior Center.
“Move to the Beat of Your Heart” is a dance program designed for special needs children as a way to express themselves. High school students teach this class. Sometimes the best teacher is a student.
Often times special needs children aren't able to communicate their feelings and thoughts by using their words, but movement reveals so much more without the words. They don't often have the opportunity to experience the typical school activities that other kids have. They go to school and they go home. While other kids can participate in organized sports, cheerleading and band.
Exactly what are the benefits of dance? Dance is a perfect outlet for self-expression; it helps reduce anxiety, increases social skills and improves physical development. Plus, it builds confidence and self-esteem. In fact, dance is becoming a widely respected way to increase mental and emotional health.
Children ages 11 and older with special needs are invited to dance. Simply let lose and have fun. Dancing gives everyone a reason to cheer, even parents. Jump in any time, the six week session is $5, but no one is turned away. For more information and to register, please call 470-3075.