Testimonials

GREAT documentary!

I was really looking forward to seeing it. Incredibly moving. Beautiful story between the two countries.  They are all superstars, including Anna! The (e.motion21) staff are the rock for the dancers touring.  It also made me think about the things we take for granted here (in Australia).”

That was a great launch you guys did and the documentary was such an eye opener, seeing the lives of the Indian Down Syndrome adults was very inspiring!

I have seen such growth and determination from each and every dancer that attends the Geelong site.

Since attending the classes at the Geelong site, I have seen such growth and determination from each and every dancer that attends. Their determination and desire to dance has and will continue to put a smile on my face each and every time. The comradery from not only the dancers, but of the parents, site managers, teachers and my fellow movers, has made it an absolute pleasure to be involved within the e.motion21 team.

Thanks for changing the lives of so many people with Down syndrome and changing perceptions of the wider community.

 

Enter From the Wings has opened my eyes and mind when I thought they were already open!

Whatever your beliefs are of the capabilities of our fellow humans living with Down syndrome you must see Enter From the Wings. It will either confirm to you their life is just like yours, full of hope, joy, disappointment, nervousness and celebrations or it will open your eyes to the fullness of a life living with an intellectual disability.

 

I personally was struck by the richness of a relationship showcased between one dancer and her father. I am embarrassed to admit it was unexpected. The bond and the mutual support they provided one another were truly beautiful to experience.

I was also struck by the ‘normalness’ of the dancer’s emotions as they journeyed through a selection process, a great deal of practice, much improvement, travelling in a group overseas and performing on the world stage.

Enter From the Wings has opened my eyes and mind when I thought they were already open!

I like doing dancing and it is really fun. I find dancing really easy. I like exercising. Dancing and being part of e.motion21 makes me really happy and I have made many new friends.

Absolutely liberating for our whole family.

Absolutely liberating for our whole family.  Our daughter has found acceptance, fun and fitness opportunities with her peers.  Our son has opportunities to meet with other siblings and we (parents) have gained the opportunity to develop supportive friendships with other parents.  Win, win, win!

Our boy Lucas has a big smile on his face after every e.motion21 dance class. He hasn’t missed a lesson.  I just wish they took parents too!

Volunteering as a Mover for e.motion21 has been one of the best experiences of my life.

Volunteering as a Mover for e.motion21 has been one of the best experiences of my life. I initially became involved through a friend who volunteered and I helped out at some performances. From there I was hooked. I now have the privilege of volunteering as a Mover at the weekly dance classes at Kew, in the teenager and adult classes. Being a Mover enables you to be in the presence of these beautiful children and young adults and to experience the joy that dancing brings them. Not only is it great to see the dancers having a blast each week, but in just 6 short months I have witnessed incredible growth in the dancers as well (in terms of their movement, discipline, participation and more) and I like to think that I have had some small part to play in that. Even more than that, it is great to feel like you are a part of something that is changing the attitudes of the wider community towards people with Down syndrome. Being a Mover has certainly moved my boundaries and I look forward to continuing to move the boundaries of others.

Being an e.motion21 mover has been an incredibly rewarding experience.

Being an e.motion21 mover has been an incredibly rewarding experience. From the beginning I have been embraced into an organisation committed to allowing all dancers to thrive and reach their full potential. I have loved seeing the determination of the dancers each week when practicing their routines and their excitement when the hard work pays off on performance day. I feel privileged to be part of something so special and honored to be a role model for these amazing dancers. They constantly inspire me!

My five-year-old son Cooper loves the sessions and it helps with his confidence and co-ordination.  His balance has been improving since he started just a few months ago.

Your performance was a huge hit with our members, and was definitely a highlight of the day.

Thank you so much for your contribution to our Family Fun Day.  The event was a huge success, and the feedback from our members has been outstanding. We couldn’t have done it without you!   Your performance was a huge hit with our members, and was definitely a highlight of the day.  We wish you luck with future performances, and look forward to seeing you back on the stage at Family Fun Day next year!

Until now, she has not had a particular friend and as a result has not been included in birthday parties….(she) is now taking off in a very definite direction of happiness and involvement.

…until I learned of this class we were beginning to wonder if we would find anything suitable for our grand daughter….Until now, she has had no involvement at all with other children with Down syndrome as she attends mainstream school. After observing her and the rest of the children in the first month of this class, I wanted to tell you just how happy she is being part of the class and just as importantly how very happy I am with all I hear and see. I now see a much clearer picture of Henrike’s future in the hope that she will become a friend and make friends with this group. Until now, she has not had a particular friend and as a result has not been included in birthday parties….(she) is now taking off in a very definite direction of happiness and involvement.

The end of year concert in 2010 was truly remarkable and the continual contact with the wider community at such occasions as the Kew and Glenferrie festivals and DSV Sunday fun day shows the wider community that our kids have great talents.

Mark is 21 and he joined e.motion21 – adult group in mid-2010.

He was shy to begin with and his co-ordination and concentration seemed poor. Watching his performance at the DSV Fun Day on Sunday the 20th of March 2011, I realised how far he had come. He was doing what was expected of him and he was doing it with joy and enthusiasm as was all the performers.

As a parent l was extremely proud!

At e.motion21, Mark met up with peers he had not seen in several years and friendships were reignited and new friendships made.

Parents also reunited and new friendships made. There is a constant chatter as they make their way to and from the QPO Restaurant, Kew for a hot or cold drink.

e.motion21 has a formal structure like any other professional dance studio, with professional teachers and with the added bonus of young volunteers who assist in teaching dance routines such as jazz, tap, modern, ballroom etc.

The end of year concert in 2010 was truly remarkable and the continual contact with the wider community at such occasions as the Kew and Glenferrie festivals and DSV Sunday fun day shows the wider community that our kids have great talents.

Watching the e.motion21 performance has been the highlight of my week!  I have tears in my eyes because I am so moved and inspired by these kids.   Thank you.

e.motion21 were the rockstars of the Glenferrie Rd Festival.  Inspirational – can’t wait until next year!

Thank you so much Cate for having the initiative to run with e.motion21. You have added another dimension to Thomas’s life. He loves going to dancing every week and dancing with his friends. He wouldn’t miss it for anything!

On the way home from the Festival Sammy asked how people knew if they had ‘dance syndrome’, he then wanted to know if you could still be a good dancer if you were were not born with dance syndrome!

We all feel part of a wider group.  Getting to meet other kids with DS has been positive too as we observe the wide ranging abilities that people with DS have.

The 3 hour round trip to dance class is absolutely worth it!  There are so many benefits for our whole family thanks to e.motion21.  Firstly, Ally is getting the opportunity to mix with her peers, maintain her fitness, learn new skills and have lots of fun.  As her parents, we are getting the chance to meet other parents of children with DS who are similar in age to Ally.  We discuss all sorts of things including schooling, speech, the joy our kids bring to us and yes, even puberty.  We have found our own support/friendship group and we have many laughs along the way with other parents.  Finally, Ally’s brother has become friends with some of the siblings of kids with DS who attend the classes.  He belongs to a ’sibs group’ without even knowing it.  He plays with these boys, gets into trouble and hopefully whinges about his parents and sister.  As you can see the benefits of us attending e.motion21 are far greater than just a ‘dance class’ for Ally.  We all feel part of a wider group.  Getting to meet other kids with DS has been positive too as we observe the wide ranging abilities that people with DS have.

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