Core Value 3 – FUN

Core Value 3 – #4
It’s all about the dance.

Years ago one of our Special Olympics athletes wanted to “modify” the Special Olympics oath  from “Let me win, but if I can not win, let me brave in the attempt” to “Let me win, but if I can not win, let there be one heck of a dance.”  He was kidding (kind of)  but I am reminded of his words at every State Competition Victory Dance, a place where enthusiasm and full-participation take on a whole dancenew meaning.

Someone would be hard-pressed to find a dance more fun than a Special Olympics dance because #1 – no one sits down, #2- having a dance partner isn’t required, and #3 – every dancer is free to do and be.

Dance educators have a long list of the benefits of dance – coordination, creative expression, confidence, and communication to name just a few.  Those are all valid, but the benefit I love most has to do with eliminating one of the greatest challenges people with intellectual disabilities face – social isolation.  Our dances are well-attended for a reason and just so you know – there’s always room for more.

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