Thursday night was our spring dance. It’s a pretty casual affair; it’s held at a golf club near school, which is also one of the job sites for our students. One of our teacher’s husbands, who happens to be a disc jockey, spins the tunes for us and has a good pulse on what the students want music-wise. Not everyone comes but it is well attended.
What a blast! Watching these kids dance is pure pleasure. They just let themselves go. They dance alone, with staff members, with same-sex partners, and with “dates.” More than once I witnessed two people dancing together and, upon realizing that someone else had no partner, grabbing his or her hand so all three could dance together. I saw a student go through the extra effort to get a classmate who uses a walker up and out on the floor. I found these acts to be just the sweetest things.
Some of these students had quite the moves! Staff members were now taking instructions from the students—what a role reversal, and what a good thing for all. In fact, the line between student and staff disappeared for an evening.
I think music and dance are so good for our students and staff. It takes extra effort and time to plan these events, but I must try to remember how valuable these extracurricular activities are.
For example, we all blew off a little steam to “We Aren’t Going To Take It Anymore” and I think the song had unique meaning for each participant. We were all the better for it on Friday as we returned to school. Enjoy the pictures as we enjoy the memories!