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Dance Unlimited presents “Believe in the Magic of Christmas” (Photo gallery)

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On Dec. 11 in the Considine Auditorium at Akron Children’s Hospital, Dance Unlimited performed a holiday dance recital called “Believe in the Magic of Christmas.”

Dance Unlimited is a 10 to 12-week dance class for children with special needs, so everyone can be involved. The classes are taught for all different ability levels, and include ballet, tap, jazz, hip-hop and line dancing.

“The routines are choreographed so that everyone can do them,” said Kellie Lightfoot, creator of Dance Unlimited and physical therapist at Akron Children’s. “Each routine has what I call translation moves, which means there is a movement to do if you’re standing, a version of that movement to do if you’re sitting, or a version using only your arms.”

Dance Unlimited has performed at several hospital events including Celebrating the Arts and Hope Lights the Way, but ‘Believe in the Magic of Christmas’ is the group’s largest performance to date.