The dance "True Love's Kiss" by our Adaptive Dance class was a favorite at our Spring Recital and had everyone in tears. Then it got more than 10,000 views after being posted on Facebook! The backstory makes it even better. Here are the words of Harper's mom, dad, and Spark instructor Kambria (and a video of the dance so you can cry all over again):
Her mom said "A few years ago I sat in the audience at my nieces dance recital. As I watched her I cried thinking that my own daughter, Harper, would never be able to do the fun girly things other typical little girls could do. Boy was I wrong! Here I am sitting in the audience at my sweet little girls dance recital (crying my eyes out) watching her dance her heart out in her wheelchair! It may be a little different than we are all used to but I am so proud of her hard work! Look at her go! She is so amazing! And she has the most wonderful, amazing daddy who danced with her. A special thank you to her wonderful dance teacher Kambria Robinson #takethatspinabifida"
Her dad said, "Only this little girl could get me to overcome my fear of dancing and public performance. That fear has now been replaced with one of the sweetest experiences of my life. Thank you Harper my sweet little princess"
Miss Kambria said "Last August I quit working as an SLP. Honestly, it was an easy decision because even though I loved my clients (such little inspirations!) I love my little boy even more. Then my sisters opened their dance studio and the perfect once-a-week "job" combining two loves (dance and working with little inspirations) fell into my lap. I was somewhat discouraged when only two kids registered and a little more so when one ended up not being able to attend... After my first class with this sweetie pie, though, I just felt blessed and excited and immediately wanted to start choreographing a dance that would allow the love and sparkle that she radiates to be shared with everyone else. Because of her hard work and amazing family she achieved that. My cute nieces were the perfect supportive dancers and her dad, the fairytale ending."