Fifteen intellectually disadvantaged young people took part in a dance session at The Riverwalk last month, the first in a series of activities that aim to provide a comfortable avenue of recreation for youths with special needs.
The hour-long event, which saw the youths dancing to High School Musical’s “We’re All In This Together”, was organized by RAYZ, a community arm of City Harvest Community Services Association (CHCSA) that acts as a ray of hope to the intellectually disadvantaged. The participants, together with nine volunteers, were first shown a video clip from the popular movie. Two dance instructors then taught them a simple step-by-step routine.
Besides learning how to dance, the youth also had the opportunity to build new friendships. This was one of the objectives of the event. “We wanted to create an opportunity for youths with special needs to socialize through a fun and engaging activity. The dance session was a trial-event to see the potential of such activities,” explained a representative from RAYZ.
RAYZ is planning similar activities after receiving positive feedback from the participants, some of whom indicated that they were keen to bring their friends for future classes.