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Making A Difference: Dance Company Helps Students With Autism, Down Syndrome

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A Lexington dance company is preparing for its biggest performance of the year, one that not only entertains but makes a difference for the children of Fayette County.

The members of Lexington’s Allegro Dance Project are in the studio six days a week getting ready for their big show.

Allegro Dance is a non-profit and during the school year, they visit Fayette County Schools to provide dance outreach classes for children with Down Syndrome, Autism and other specific needs.

In the dance outreach classes, participants work on memorization skills and they work on copying patterns. The class also boosts the children’s interpersonal skills.

“As we work with these children, usually by week four or five, there's more eye contact, they're more confident, they're holding their posture taller,” said the Director of the Allegro Dance Project Jeana Klevene. “The best thing that I hear is from parents or teachers saying, 'We can't get them to do that in their physical therapy.' And the reason is, is we disguise it to be fun.”

Last year, the Allegro Dance Project was able to visit 12 schools in Fayette County.

All of the proceeds from the company’s upcoming show will help bring their program to an additional three to four schools next year.

“I just really want that for our community, to know that even if you're different and you're not what we consider typical, dance is a beautiful art form and everyone should get the pleasure to enjoy it and experience it,” said Klevene.

Some of the students who took part in the dance classes over the last year are actually going to be joining the dancers on stage in their upcoming show.

It is called “Grow” and it will be June 25th at the Lyric Theater.

For more information about the upcoming show, or to find out more about Allegro Dance Project, visit their website, here.

For ticket information, visit the Lyric Theater's website, here.

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