When Sarah was in kindergarten, she stood up and announced to her class her dream: that someday that she would dance the role of the Sugarplum Fairy in “The Nutcracker.”
As with many dreams, obstacles appear along the way.
You see, Sarah was diagnosed with Charcot-Marie-Tooth Disease, a degenerative nerve disease which results in muscle weakness, decreased muscle size, and decreased sensation in the arms and legs. She was told she may not be able to walk again, let alone dance.
But thanks to the amazing group Ballet For All Kids, Sarah is realizing her dream! Ballet For All Kids specializes in teaching any and all kids in the discipline of ballet, regardless of physical or mental disabilities. They use “a wide variety of teaching methods to accommodate all styles of learning including: visual learning, auditory learning, vestibular learning, and emotional intelligence. ”
In this video, Sarah is joined by professional dancer Remy Carreiro in a beautiful, heartwarming duet.
Take a look!
has been an actor/director/swell guy in the Twin Cities area for over 30 years and is very active in the MN theater community. Working in the theater has made him an advocate of human rights of all stripes. He lives in St. Paul with his wife, son, and three cats.