Dancing for Donations not only teaches dance technique and history but, it also focuses on acceptance and inclusion.
Even if some of the dancers struggle, they have a buddy to help them through it.
Owner Sara Battagila says some dancers need assistance so buddies help by keeping them focussed or helping them physically.
For dancer Toni Harrison who has autism, dancing has improved her skills in all aspects of life. Her mom Laurie Harrison says her self-esteem has improved as well as her overall good-natured self.
At Dancing for Donations, kids can learn to dance and make some new friends. Laurie says Toni has friends with disabilities and without and instructor Sarah teaches not only dance but anti-bullying and acceptance and it’s just what the kids need.
The nonprofit offers classes at a reduced price and even gives back a portion of its proceeds to charity.
Be sure to join our WFLA News Channel 8 and Great 38 Autism Speaks Walk Team and join us to support those with autism at Raymond James Stadium on April 27.