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Dancing.

Free. Fun. Frivolous.

Have you noticed that most people with Down syndrome have this figured out?  Once again, there seems to be a lesson here for those of us not blessed with a third 21st chromosome.

Learning what people like to do to be active is high on my list. As I listen, categorize things as “fitness” or “activity.” Both are great! I’m looking for ways to increase them.  I’ve yet to talk with a family or support team who does not include dancing on the list.

“Oh yes!  (insert name here) just loves to dance! S/He dances all the time!”

I begun to think about the most popular social events organized for adults with disabilities in communities. Yep, you guessed it, the dance.

And then I remembered that Dennis McGuire of the Adult Down Syndrome Center had some keen observations about the role of dancing in his piece, If People with Down Syndrome Ruled the World.

“If people with Down syndrome ruled the world,

  • You probably would not hear a great deal about exercise, but you may hear a phrase like, ‘Dancing tonight…absolutely.”
  • The President’s Commission on Physical Fitness would recommend dancing at least three times a week.
  • People would be encouraged to get married several times to have more weddings for more music and dancing.
  • Richard Simmons and John Travolta would be national heros.”

One of my Facebook Friends shared this video on her wall. My first thought was, “another silly story.” And, yes, it’s a silly story. Yet I kept thinking the people I know with Down syndrome would love to Dance-Walk. It looks fun, free, frivolous, and active. Take a look:

 

So now, just as I did the first time I read it, I wish people with Down syndrome ruled the world so we could all be free, frivolous, and have some fun as we Dance-Walk our way through the day.

Shall we anyway?

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