Flamingo Chicks get ready to fly

December 23 2013

A BISHOPSTON dance school is giving children with disabilities and special needs an opportunity to spread their wings.

A BISHOPSTON dance school is giving children with disabilities and special needs an opportunity to spread their wings.
Flamingo Chicks is Bristol’s first fully-inclusive dance school, where children are given the opportunity to explore, move and have fun in the same session as their able-bodied friends.
The initiative has also received backing from professional dancer and pantomime star at Bristol Hippodrome, Louie Spence. He said: "Flamingo Chicks is a fantastic idea, enabling disabled children to enjoy movement alongside their able-bodied friends.
"It’s great to see a nurturing, inclusive environment where all children can enjoy a feel-good session packed full of fun.
"Dance has so many well-being benefits – it promotes discipline, coordination, memory, flexibility, strength and stamina, while building positive self-esteem and confidence."
Flamingo Chicks is aimed at all children, regardless of shape, size and ability. Some children may be able-bodied, others may have Down’s syndrome or Autism.
The dance classes aim to develop confidence, social skills, co-ordination, communication and concentration.
Each one-hour session has a mix of drama and dance styles, from ballet and modern to street dance, with basic yoga to wind-down at the end. Dancing ribbons, feathers and chiffon scarves are also included in the routines.
Katie Sparkes, creator of Flamingo Chicks, said: “We hope Flamingo Chicks will give many hours of happiness to children of all abilities, while also providing significant physical and well-being benefits.”
To book a place at Flamingo Chicks, visit: www.flamingochicks.co.uk.

Flamingo Chicks dancers