Daily Telegraph 2017

CENTRAL COAST

Perform Ability dance group win their way to World Latin Cup in US

Fiona Killman, Central Coast Gosford Express Advocate

September 8, 2017 1:25pm

TRAVELLING to Orlando to dance together would be “a dream come true” for a Central Coast special needs dance group.

The group of 12 dancers, from Perform Ability, are the first Australian team to qualify for the limitless division of the World Latin Cup to be held in Orlando USA in December.

Perform Ability founder Miranda Daisy said the team, who have been dancing together for three years, qualified after winning the limitless division at the Latin Dance Championships in July.

Perform Ability dancers Chloe Powick and Ryan Farrel in action.

“We were all so excited,” she said. “This will be the first team ever to represent Australia in the limitless division.”

Perform Ability and the families of the dancers have turned their attention to fundraising, so they can take every dancer to Orlando where they will perform a salsa and bachata routine alongside dancers with additional needs from all over the world.

“At the moment, we can afford to take four,” Ms Daisy said. “We want to get everyone over there, especially because it’s partner dancing. The dancers are super passionate and just love to dance.”

Perform Ability dance group are fundraising to get to the World Latin Cup in Orlando, US.

Instructor Ray Cornwell said this was the first Latin partner dance the team has ever done, and it was impossible to pick and choose who can and can’t go to Orlando.

“They are all great friends, and they are really keen to get to Orlando,” he said.

The Express were treated to a preview of their winning performance, and you could see the concentration and focus on the dancers’ faces. This was followed by elation afterwards, along with celebrations and laughter for a job well done.

Perform Ability dance group performing their Latin routine.

Kayla Donaldson said she wanted to go to the World Latin Cup to “win the big cup”.

“We have to get to Orlando,” she said.

Kayla’s mum Kim said Kayla had been dancing since she was 16.

“She just adores it. She has dreams of going to New York and being on Broadway,” she said.

Mrs Donaldson if the team make it to the USA, they will take Kayla to New York to see Broadway.

Sonja Lloyd’s son Matthew started dancing with the group three years ago.

“He just loves it and all the kids have improved immensely, and it has really helped their fine motor skills,” she said.

She said the dancers attend many Latin dance events in Sydney, with crowds always getting behind them.

“They always get standing ovations,” she said.

“When we went to Rooty Hill for the bachata, not even the five time world champions got a standing ovation but our group did. Wherever they go they just bring smiles to everybody.”

Liz Williamson said her son Ryan loves being a part of the group.

“He has loved this group from day one and he loves Miss Miranda,” she said.

“The teachers’ patience and kindness is just amazing.”

The dancers, aged 7 — 23 years, have been rehearsing weekly at the Wadalba Community School Hall in preparation for the World Latin Cup. To donate, visit gofundme.com/performability-goes-to-orlando