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Dance builds self-confidence

, May 14, 2013

Fusionarte's members Veronica Somahano, Marisol Antolin (bottom R) and Jose Fuentes (top R) embrace their pregnant teacher Pau Vazquez (C) during the group's dance class in Madrid. Argentine choreographer and dancer Vazquez set up Fusionarte dance group in 2007 to introduce dance to people with special needs. The group, which is assisted by another three dance instructors, holds lessons every Saturday for an hour to teach around 20 adult men and women of varying intellectual disabilities to dance as a way to build up self-confidence and self-expression. The group does not receive any subsidies. Instead every member of the group contributes money to the studio rental for rehearsals, and pay for their costumes and props they use for their performances at charity galas. According to Vazquez, "Dance helps members of the group build their confidence and feel empowered. They express their emotions through the movement and learn to respect and admire what each individual is capable of doing". Reuters/Susana Vera




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