"It's a good feeling to know you're making a special difference in someone's life," agreed Rachel Vernon, an ECU senior and special education major from Sanford. She took Boswell's adapted physical education course last fall and attended a couple DanceAbility classes.
"They (the children) teach me a lot, too," Vernon added, "about patience, and also most of my students are always happy and enjoying life."
Another young student clearly enjoying himself during the rehearsal was Kilian Muchoney, age 6, who was born extremely prematurely and had brain surgery to close a gap in his skull just two weeks after birth. He was the original male member of the local DanceAbility program, his mother boasted, though now there are a few others.