|About||Dance instruction where special needs and typical students learn and perform side by side.|
|Mission||To provide an affordable dance program where special needs and typical students can take dance classes and perform side by side.|
Aspiring Attitudes, Inc. got its start when the parents of a child with cerebral palsy were unable to find a dance studio that would accept special needs students. The parents were referred to Shannon Wrights, a classically trained dance instructor with experience teaching students with special needs. Their daughter thrived under Mrs. Wrights' teaching, gaining increased self-confidence and ease of movement. Over the next 10 years, more special needs individuals wanting the opportunity to dance were referred to Mrs. Wrights.
As time passed, Mrs. Wrights sought to develop a dance program where special needs and typical students would take classes side by side. Therefore, she also began accepting typical students. At this time, approximately half of Mrs. Wrights' students have special needs. All students now share the stage at an annual recital as well as performances at local assisted-living centers, arts festivals, and other community events.
Mrs. Wrights has been teaching students out of her home in a room specially designed as a dance studio. She now has over 55 students participating in her dance classes. This space has now become insufficient and a new studio will be opening soon. With the opening of this new facility, Aspiring Attitudes will be able to grow and provide more special needs and typical students with the opportunity to realize their dreams of dancing.