Children with special needs to enjoy a one-of-a-kind dance

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Young people at a previous dance. Photo: SEP KenyaEvery once in a while, something comes up that is as interesting as it is beneficial to the society and Dance for Youth with Special Needs, a three-hour dance therapy session for children living with disabilities, to be held on Friday September 25, 2015 is one of them.

The event, organised by the Special Education Professionals (SEP) Kenya, in conjunction with the Sarakasi Dancers, will give the children a conducive environment to better their social skills, as encouraged by the American Dance Therapy Association (ADTA)  through the medium of dance.

“It is a dance for youth who have special needs. Normally children living with disabilities don’t have an exciting social life as their able-bodied counterparts, so we have organise dan event where they can come out, dance and enjoy themselves,” Louisa Wangalwa, the Administrative Assistant at SEP Kenya,  said.

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According to ADTA, dance helps build confidence among children with special needs, and enables them to develop strong social skills. It is some of these benefits that SEP Kenya hopes to impart on the attendees of the dance.

“You will find that for most of them the confidence level shoots up because during the dance they feel like they can be anyone.  We have able-bodied volunteers who will join them in the dance, as well as the Sarakasi team.”

Targeting children aged 13 years and above, the dance session will commence at 2pm with an introductory talk followed by a socialisation session that will be kept alive with background music.

Sarakasi Dancers will then teach the attendees some new dance moves.

“They will give a performance and do a small instructional workshop where the youth are taught some dance styles,” said Wangalwa.

The event will end with a freestyle dance session, where everyone gets a chance to show off their dance skills.

The event, which occurs once every three months, is open to both special needs schools and individual teens. Guardians are also allowed to join in the fun.

No fee will be charged to access the Sarakasi Dome, along Ngara Road, where the event will be held. For more details call 0733 267 869 or send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . The group is also available through their website, Youtube channel and Facebook group.

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