Plainview, New York – Sometimes dreams do come true. Twelve young ladies with Down syndrome from ACDS got the chance of a lifetime to perform in front of a sold-out audience at the world famous Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts on March 28.“The audience was blown away by our dancers' performance. Standing ovations brought the house down,” said Linda Sperber, Director of Program Development for ACDS, which provides lifetime resources for individuals with Down syndrome, Autism and other developmental disabilities and their families.A special group of teens and adults, composed primarily of former participants of ACDS' 5Plus recreational dance program, performed lyrical and contemporary dance numbers during a showcase of ballet students from two leading Japanese ballet schools – the Katayama Mitsuko Ballet School and the Marry Ballet Studio.“Our dancers exceeded everyone's expectations.
They had a burning desire to be successful and spent many hours rehearsing, as well as practicing at home,” said Erica Lepurage, Recreational Program Coordinator. “One mother shared the story of how when her daughter was a baby, the professionals said she probably would never walk or talk, and now, she is dancing at Lincoln Center –imagine that family's pride.”It was an evening no one will forget. “The dancers had an opportunity to be included with other talented dancers from around the world. They were able to show the world what happens when you focus on someone's ability rather than their disability.” said Sperber.
ACDS, located in Plainview, NY is dedicated to providing lifetime resources of exceptional quality, innovation and inclusion for individuals with Down syndrome, Autism and other developmental disabilities and their families. ACDS has been providing programs and services in and around Long Island for 45 years. ACDS currently serves more than 750 children and adults, providing services that include Early Intervention and preschool special education programs, respite and recreation programs for children, teens and adults, adult Medicaid service coordination and seven supervised group homes in Nassau County.