Disabled Merrick student finds freedom in dance

Sixteen-year-old Abigail Penny loves to dance, but spina bifida — a disease that impairs mobility — prevents her legs from moving to the beat. Luckily, Dancing Dreams gives her the outlet she needs to pursue her passion. Penny, an 11th-grader at Mepham High School, has been with the Bayside dancing studio since the age of 4. Joann Ferrara, 62, of Jericho, created Dancing Dreams to give disabled girls like Penny the chance to dance without fear of judgment.  Read the full article at L.I. Herald at http://liherald.com/stories/disabled-merrick-student-finds-freedom-in-dance,109913

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Kids with disabilities dance with help from teen volunteers

Gripping and leaning over the barre, struggling to keep herself up in a room surrounded by dancers, Abigail Penny, 16, stood for more than a minute — the longest she’s stood since the fourth grade. “The fact that I was able to stand for that amount of time again was like a really special moment and it made me really, really happy,” said Penny, who has spina bifida, which affects her ability to walk, stand and speak.  Read full article at Newsday at https://www.newsday.com/long-island/nassau/dancing-dreams-1.23701352

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Cerebral Palsy Doesn’t Stop This Young Woman From Dancing

BAYSIDE, N.Y.–Cerebral palsy presents a wide array of challenges for those who have to contend with the illness. However, one young woman isn’t letting her physical limitations stop her from dancing and dreaming. Rayhana Elharji is an ambitious 17-year-old from Brooklyn, New York. The National Honor Society student aspires to be a bioengineer, and wants to attend the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) for her undergraduate studies. Read the full article at The Epoch Times at https://m.theepochtimes.com/cerebral-palsy-doesnt-stop-this-young-woman-from-dancing_2703557.html

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Dancing queens: Program gives disabled girls chance to be ballerinas

Like many little girls, Veronica Siaba dreams of being a prima ballerina, but cerebral palsy means the 14-year-old can’t stand on her own. Yet this week Veronica swooped her way through choreography for songs from The Producers and Hair. The full article available at the Daily News website: http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/queens/program-disabled-girls-chance-ballerinas-article-1.1329096#ixzz2SEA1A2K9

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Dancing Dreams’ Program for Disabled Girls Expands to Manhattan

Special to DNAinfo UPPER EAST SIDE — Glitz and glitter know no boundaries at this dance studio, and wheelchairs are welcome. “I never thought of being different, but knew I was,” said Veronica Siaba, a 14-year-old with cerebral palsy who’s been dancing for eight years with the Queens-based Dancing Dreams program. “I’m no longer self-conscious,” Veronica said before adding a typical teenage disclaimer: “Well, maybe a little.” Girls aged 3 to 17 with physical and medical disabilities have gotten help achieving their dancing dreams at the Bayside program for 11 years, enthusiastically embracing a favorite studio saying: “You can never have too […]

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