Darby Jones was born to Patrick and Valerie Jones of Huntsville, Alabama in 1999. She was born with Down syndrome, a heart defect, and leukemia; but nevertheless, she lived a life full of passion, kindness, bravery, optimism, perseverance, and loyalty. She was an avid dancer, musician, reader, and writer who never had a bad day, despite her challenges. In 2008, while being treated for her third bout of leukemia, she began dancing in a performing arts center in a class designed for children with special needs. This led to many performance opportunities, and Darby was a star in every sense of the word. She danced with her friends and was always ready to lend a helping hand to another student who might be afraid or uncertain. One thing always radiated from her sweet face: pure joy! It is the belief of Darby's parents that it would be Darby's greatest desire to have children like herself enjoy dancing like she did. Darby's Dancers was created to carry on Darby's beautiful legacy and to bring joy to as many children with special needs as possible.
At once-a-week classes, Darby's Dancers participants learn all types of dance in a fun, encouraging atmosphere. Dancers in the program gain confidence, coordination, strength, and lifelong friends, all while feeling like a star. Darby's Dancers also provides volunteer opportunities for teens. Youth volunteers learn important lessons in responsibility and friendship by providing one-on-one assistance to each of Darby's dancers. The studio space is donated, as are the supplies and costumes, to dancers with a variety of special needs at no cost to their parents. In this way, Darby's love of dance and infectious smile continue to shine as she spreads love and joy to all the future stars!
Mondays 4:30 pm - 5:15 pm
Teacher: T. Michelle Davy, Studio Owner, Special Educator for over 17 years
Dancers in the Darby's Dancer program will receive FREE Dance Attire for class including leotard, tights and dance shoes. Darby's Dancers also receive a FREE recital costume and no recital fee. Darby's Dancers perform in our Annual June recital at Indian Creek Upper School.
Each dancer will be paired with a teen volunteer assistant teacher during class. The volunteer aspect is an integral aspect of the organization. The special needs dancers may be able to perform the dance steps independently, or they may need more assistance depending on their disability. The volunteer assistant teacher helps the dancer by modeling the dance steps and assisting them in following directions. Interested in applying to become a Volunteer Assistant Teacher? Complete the Volunteer application below.
Darby's Dancers Volunteer Assistant Teachers
Darby’s Dancers provides a fun and encouraging activity for special needs children to strengthen muscles, increase coordination, build confidence and form life long friendships. To learn more about the organization, click here