Thursday, July 02, 2009

Blind Students Have Fun On The Dance Floor

News from Panama City, FL

The Independence for the Blind of Northwest Florida holds a summer transition program each year for their students. This program is designed to encourage high school graduates with visual impairments to become more independent.

For participants in this summer's program, the activities range from learning how to cook & hiking to meeting mayors. Another activity on their agenda was dancing. With lessons three times a week at the local Fred Astaire Dance studio, the students really had some fun as they learned the Tango, Rumba, Waltz, and Swing.

"We just love these kids," said studio owner Belen Price in a recent news article, "I feel that this relationship will last forever."

The lessons were also helpful for the instructors since they had to figure out how to explain the dances without relying on visual cues and demonstrations.

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