Moving Miracles: The power of dance

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WEST SENECA, N.Y. (WIVB) – The simple tapping of his toes, brings a smile to Mitchell Law’s face. He could dance all day,  but now it’s his sister’s turn in the spotlight. A simple stretch lights up Maddy Law’s face. Mitchell proudly watches with his mother and other siblings next to him.

“Alright Maddy reach your arms up! Now use the other arm! Good job Maddy good job,” said one dance teacher to Maddy who is laying down on a mat.

For Maddy and Mitchell, what happens in this dance studio gives meaning to their lives.

Maddy said she feels free when she is dancing. It gives meaning to her life.

“I love my mom because she signed me up,” said Maddy.

Moving Miracles is a therapeutic dance movement program for people with developmental disabilities and special needs. The studio is located in West Seneca.

What happens here not only helps Maddy and Mitchell, it also strengthens the family bond.

“I like to watch Mitchell dance he did so great today,” said Maddy.

You can see how much they love each other as Maddy gives her brother a big hug to let him know how proud she is of him.

‘I think my mom did a great job we should give her a round of applause,” said Maddy.

“Mitchy has become a lot more social with the dancing Maddy has become our social butterfly for sure,” said mom Andrea.

This program is helping them physically, emotionally and their communication skills are also improving.

“Maddy has cerebral palsy and she also had a brain tumor,” said Andrea.

Moving is a challenge she is overcoming by stretching and dancing.

“And Mitchell he is hearing impaired vision impaired and autistic.Both of them have come a long way,” said Andrea.

Dance teacher Lindsay Pajak says this program lets dancers like Maddy and Mitchell be themselves.

“We welcome them with open arms, people stop and stare but we want people to stop and stare at them for the good reasons because they’re awesome,” said Lindsay.

Maddy wants to dance for the rest of her life.

Forever dancing and this family is forever changed, by the small steps Maddy and Mitchell are taking in their lives.

Moving Miracles serves around 150 people, as young as three to adults in their 70s.

The program is also partners with SASI or Suburban Adult Services Inc., a program that offers therapeutic horseback riding classes.

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