About The Miracle Dancers
In 1990, several parents of special need students called the Diane Moore Dance Academy in Louisville, KY to inquire about a dance class. They had been uncussessful in finding a studio willing to accept the challenge of working with their children. With open arms and lots of love, the Miracle Dancers were soon born at the Diane Moore Dance Academy.
Starting with three students, the Miracle Dancers have now grown to over 56 special needs dancers and 14 assistants and partners. The dancers range from ages four through adult and include students with all types of special needs. Currently the group is open to any student who cannot excel in a traditional dance class. Students are encouraged to discover and use their own strengths to build their self-esteem through performing arts. They are the most versatile group you could ever meet. Our dancers perform in wheelchairs, with walkers, crutches, braces etc. Some are legally blind, deaf and have coditions such as Down Syndrome, Autism, Cerebral Palsy and one eve uses her beautiful smile and sign language to communicate with us because she cannot speak. Many Junior Miracle Dancers have a volunteer assistant to work with them and the Senior Miracle Dancers perform wtih members of our Senior Performing Arts Troupe. The Miracle Dancers were featured in the May 2009 issue of Dance Teacher magazine. Their vivacious energy and uplifting spirits have inspired us all. The Miracle Dancers are an annual highlight on the WHAS Crusade for Children telethon. As you see them perform, they will move your spirit and enlighten your heart.
The Miracle Dancers have performed for many people and organizations. the following list is a sampling of their many performances through the years:
- Nursing Homes
- Children's Homes
- Community Fairs & Events for Special Needs Children
- Kentucky State Fair
- Miss Wheelchair Kentucky Pageant
- Cerebral Palsy Kids Center Fashion Show
- Adaptive Sports and Fitness Fair
- The Morning Show
- Jefferson County Public Schools Back to School Kick-Off
- National Spina Bifida Conference
- Governor Ernie Fletcher's Kentucky Employee Charitable Campaign
- Louisville's Blue Apple Players Benefit Dinner
- Knights of Columbus National Convention
- Recovery from Gambling National Convention
- Guest Performers for Shaun Johnson, 2009 Olympic Gold and Silver Medalist.
Being a part of the Miracle Dancers has given these students the excitement and freedom of expression through dancing and the performing arts. The Miracle Dancers have also received awards at several local and national dance competitions. For example, they were the top performers at the Chicago Jazz Connection Competition in 2008. They have also been the highest scoring production at the Talent On Parade Louisville regional competition from 2007-2010. Several students have been invited to audition for the Cleveland Balllet on Wheels after graduating from high school while others have continued to dance and perform into adulthood.
The Diane Moore Dance Academy continues to accept new students with special needs. Diane and her instructors enjoy working to find ways for students to build their self esteem and express themselves through dance and the performing arts.