(from left) Cathy Parker, Ellisha Stevens, David Stevens with his daughter Deisha Magic-Stevens (in front) and other students, soon to start lessons with Kokoro Magic Dance Studio.
(from left) Cathy Parker, Ellisha Stevens, David Stevens with his daughter Deisha Magic-Stevens (in front) and other students, soon to start lessons with Kokoro Magic Dance Studio. Bruce Thomas

Music is magic for disabled kids

WHEN David Stevens established Kokoro Magic, a dance group for disabled kids, he was thinking of the smile on his daughter's face as she listened to music, beat her drums, or danced to Hi-5.

David's daughter Deisha has Rubinstein Taybi Syndrome and music gives her enjoyment and enables expression. Dancing is the soulful gesture which causes a big smile to spread across her face and inspired David to get the group together. This is reflected in the name Kokoro, meaning ‘heart and soul' in Japanese.

Enlisting the help of his 19-year-old daughter Ellisha, who has been dancing for eight years and is studying early childhood education, David now has 12 students ready to start classes.

“I was having coffee with a couple of people who said they would feel uncomfortable putting their special needs kids in a mainstream studio environment,” Mr Stevens said.

“I would like to thank Cathy Parker from Tabatinga, who donated uniforms, and Ben Flanagan from Harvey Norman who donated a portable music player.”

Ellisha has been busy thinking about music and routines and said she was looking forward to starting.

Classes will be held every Saturday at 9am starting April 30 and anyone interested (age is no barrier) should contact David on 0435 776 655 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            0435 776 655      end_of_the_skype_highlighting.



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