Aspiring Attitudes 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, our dance instructor. 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 and perform side by side. Therefore, she also began accepting typical students. Currently, approximately half of Aspiring Attitudes' 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 had been teaching students out of her home in a room specially designed as a dance studio. This space became insufficient due to the ever expanding number of students wanting to take dance lessons from Mrs. Wrights. A new studio space was leased and we moved into our new studio in August, 2017.