Dreams fulfilled under the spotlight
Posted: Oct 30, 2016 10:48 PM HST Updated: Oct 31, 2016 9:19 AM HST
By Melody Gonzales
For more than a decade, The Movement Center, a performing arts-based non-profit, has been helping children and young adults with special needs live out their dreams.
"Doesn't matter their background, doesn't matter any physical or mental challenges, we take all children, so everybody-- everybody gets to dance," executive director of The Movement Center, Colleen Lum said.
The center currently serves over 300 students in 40 different classes, including: ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, vocal performance, musical theater and tumbling.
"I love it. It's a part of my life," performer, Ryan Guinan said.
Guinan -- who was diagnosed with down syndrome-- says being able to take center stage, has always been a dream of his, and is glad that TMC has allowed him to pursue his passion.
"When he was a baby he'd jump on a stage if there was one, and now we're so lucky to find The Movement Center, cause they've welcomed him with open arms," Ryan's mother, Martha Guinan said.
The center says the lesson these students learn at TMC goes beyond the studio.
"They are not just learning dance, they are learning how to work as a team member, they are getting skills in life that hasn't anything to do with performing. They are more confident," Lum added.
Teaching their student's about tolerance, acceptance and diversity at TMC, Lum reminds all of her students that the sky is the limit.
"They are capable of performing. They are capable of learning lines. They can do so much more. It is society that puts limits on them not themselves, and that's what's very frustrating.. is you need to give these kids and young adults a chance," Lum said.
As a non-profit, TMC is always in need of relies on a strong volunteer base to help give those with special needs a chance to live out their dream.
If you would like to volunteer, donate or want to learn more about TMC, click here.