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June 13, 2012

About 5 years ago I was introduced to The Shimmy Club Inc. I volunteered to perform at one of their Fundraiser in Parrot Jungle. While preparing for the event I saw the children come out and prepare for their performance of the Argentine Tango. It was clear that some of the children were legally blind, some had physical disabilities, and others in addition had intellectual challenges. Despite all these challenges; it all seamed to disappeared when they began to dance. Their performance blew me away and that is when I knew I wanted to be apart of the Shimmy Club in a bigger/better way. A year or so later I became lead instructor in the program. It has been the most rewarding decision I had ever made. To be able to witness the physical and social change in these children in the classroom and in their every day life has been fascinating. My first time in class, I saw the difference between the new students and those who had started with the program. The new students posture was poor, they walked has if without any physical strength, and portrayed low self esteem. Months later when it was time to asses the students, it was great to see the progress in how they became aware of dancing with a straight back, walk with awareness instead of slouching along. The students disabilities no longer enabled them. I remember one of the students telling me "Ms. Ana this is my exercise. It is the only thing I can do and not be in a lot of pain." This organization deserves every support. This organization servers their community and the thousands of children with disabilities.

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The progress of the students physical improvement, their self-esteem, and social skills. These students are able to be social and exercise in an age were we are very disconnected and in an anti-social/personal era.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Have a greater administration staff; that will be able to bring more awareness to the organization. Then increase classes and levels for all the children.

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This organization is unique in how it brings a social dance art form to children with disabilities; they would not be able to receive such a connected dance like the argentine tango anywhere else.

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