[Source: Your Nabe.com]
The pieces of a ballet uniform are meant to instantly signify and enhance the dancer’s grace and mobility: ballet slippers, a unitard and — of course — a tutu.
But what if the slippers won’t fit over the leg braces a little girl wears as a result of her cerebral palsy?
Chances are children living with disabilities such as cerebral palsy or spina bifida would not be able to safely participate in a regular ballet class. That’s why Bayside pediatric physical therapist Joann Ferrara created the Dancing Dreams school in 2002.
Ferrara, who has a background in gymnastics and dance, said she started a dance school for physically disabled girls because many of her patients wanted to be in a ballet class, but no one would take them.
“The great majority of them can’t walk independently. Some can’t speak. They could not participate safely in a normal program,” she said.