The Joy of Dancing
“I believe so strongly in advocating for and promoting programs such as this one,” says Danika Milne as she describes the Surrey adapted dance she teaches weekly. Kinesiology student Danika has been teaching the Cerebral Palsy Association of BC’s dance class for 2 years. She says that she loves to see the participants’ creative side as much as possible.
“I ensure that a portion of the class is dedicated to creating dance routines as a group by receiving input from everyone about the moves used/sequence.”
Mental Well-being Matters
Danika begins every class with a warm-up to prevent injury. She says that Dance Without Limits focuses on flexibility, strength and balance. But sometimes the mental and emotional benefits outweigh the physical ones.
“I have learned so much about patience and perseverance from each and every participant. I had no background in adapted dance and movement prior to my involvement in this program, which has allowed me to learn and grow alongside the participants.”
Positive Impact in the Community
Danika says that it means a lot to her that participants keep coming back each week and she feels as though the program has made a positive impact on the community. She also loves that the families of the dancers are getting involved too!
“More and more we are seeing participants coming in with family members (brothers and sisters, etc.) and it can make all the difference! Not only does it allow the child to feel more comfortable in the new environment but the more dancers, the merrier.”
CPABC appreciates all the hard work Danika puts into each class. We are grateful for her participation in this program and strongly believe she has contributed to its success. Like Danika, we love to see more and more children enjoying our adapted recreation programs so that they can live a Life Without Limits.