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Wheelchair Dance Grabs World's Attention
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Wheelchair Dance Grabs World's Attention

Tracey Burgoon was encouraged by her husband to build a dance studio for wheelchair bound people. Initially, Tracy was not confident, but still she went ahead and built the studio. The studio was named Revere Dance Studio and Tracey calls her classes “Wonders on Wheels”.

The Revere Dance Studio was built at a Cincinnati church. Many may wonder why the Tracey and her husband chose such a place for building their dance studio. They opted for the church as it was user friendly to those with mobility issues. This was the main criteria they had in mind when looking for a suitable place for building the studio.

More than four years have passed since then. Tracey is still teaching dance to wheelchair bound people for free. Her current class has a total of six women aged between 6 and 27 years. They visit the studio for rehearsals twice every month.

The youngest students of this season are two girls, who are just in the first grade. Tracey’s oldest student, Jill, is 27 years old and has been working with this group for over nine years.

Tracey feels that these classes are not only about dancing. According to her, these classes teach the kids how to express themselves in front of others. Parents and families also see the value of the classes and how they allow the girls to feel more included.

Tracy has always believed that all the students attending her classes are supremely talented. However, earlier this year, she got an opportunity to let the world know about their talents.

In January 2016 her WOW class performed a dance routine they have been practicing since October 2015. The video of the performance was uploaded on the Internet and it took little time to go viral. The other thing that went viral along with the video was the heartwarming story behind the special dance.

Just before the class reunited for the new season in October 2015, they got the news of the passing away of Katie, a member of the WOW team. This left the team absolutely heartbroken. The situation became even more difficult for these special dancers as they had never performed without Katie.

Tracey and her WOW girls decided to honor Katie by dedicating a dance to her. Katie was a big fan of Celine Dion. Therefore, the WOW girls picked “My Heart Will Go On”, one of the biggest hits of Dion, for their dance routine.

The dance routine featured all six WOW members. They were wearing gorgeous white outfits. At the background, there were 14 other dancers wearing black dresses. The background dancers were high school students and took part in the performance primarily to help the WOW dancers move around the dance floor without any hindrance.

Tracey informed that she gets hundreds of applications every year from high school students who want to support her group by playing the role of background dancers.

The breathtaking performance ended with a standing ovation.

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