by Paxton Roth
FOR mother of two Amanda Welsh, watching her four-year-old twin girls take to the floor in a dance class together was an amazing experience.
Sarah and Sienna Welsh attended That's Dance and Acrobatics 4504's first all-inclusive singing and dance class in Narangba last week and it was definitely a hit.
"Sarah has cerebral palsy - she was thrown by her biological father when she was five-weeks-old,” Amanda said.
"She responds very well to music, and she dances and sings but anything with 'disability' involved with it is well over $100 or miles and miles away.
"I wanted something that was local - her sister goes to a dance studio in North Lakes and they weren't interested in even letting Sarah sit in there.”
That's Dance and Acrobatics 4504 co-owner Melanie Colman made it very clear she's not a specialist, but she knows too well the therapeutic benefits of dance.
"My old dance teacher has a little boy who, when he was two, was in a very serious car accident,” she said.
"He's 14 or 15 now but he's still like a child in his mind so she started classes for him and his friends.
"Seeing those kids enjoying being on stage and just loving it brings a tear to my eye.”
When Melanie and her sister decided to open their studio in Narangba, having an all-inclusive class was at the top of the to-do list.
"We've only been running for a short time but it was always one of our priorities to get this class up and running,” she said.
"These kids love to dance and sing and they're so joyful - we just want them to feel like they belong in a club as well.
The all abilities dance and singing classes are held on Fridays from 4-5pm at 9/11-15 Business Dr, Narangba, for a cost of $10.
Run by a small team of volunteers and qualified dance and singing teachers, the classes are open to children of all abilities and siblings are more than welcome to attend.
For more, contact Melanie Colman on 0424804834.