LEESBURG, GA (WALB) - It was special day for a group of special needs children in Lee County who put on their dancing shoes and took to the stage. A year of hard work came to a close during the Stage of Dreams recital.
Six children with disabilities ranging from autism to down syndrome performed everything from tap and ballet to cheer leading. Stage of Dreams was started by a Lee County teenager who volunteered her own time, talent and resources to be able to share her passion with them.
"Special needs children don't normally get the opportunity to participate in a traditional dance program because it can be hard for them to keep up. So I wanted to create something for them to be able to enjoy the art of dance like I have," said founder, Kelli Powell.
"I have fun dancing. I put a lot of motions into it," said dancer, Hope Usry.
This is the last year for the Stage of Dreams because Powell will be starting college next year, but she does plan to hold a summer program for her dancers.