Rosie Williams is 11 years old and a student at Lake Forest Hills Elementary. When asked to describe her interests she explained, “I love ballet, of course! I like music. I have taken ukulele lessons and I like the guitar. I like Spanish—I learned my Spanish on Duolingo during quarantine. Swimming is my favorite hobby. My pets are Jolene (a dog) and Lucky (a cat). I have 6 older siblings, 2 sisters-in-law, and 5 nieces and 1 nephew. I have a lot of love in my family.”
When did your interest in ballet start?
I started in 2014.
[In the summer of 2014, Rosie and her mom found out about Steps of Grace ballet school whose goal is “to provide quality dance classes to children with special needs and foster a love for the art of dance”. Rosie started taking classes in the fall of the same year. She loved it and has continued there every year. She also took 2 years, 2015-16 and 2016-17, with Colton Ballet in Columbia County.]
What do you enjoy most about dancing? What is most challenging?
I like the feeling of learning the dances. You practice and practice and then you get better. Class started this year at 6pm and sometimes I was tired, and it was hard to participate.
Describe how dancing makes you feel.
Dancing makes me filled with joy.
If you could dance with any person, who would it be? Why?
It would be my sister Caroline because she is really good at coming up with dances.
What are some preconceptions about special needs kids/dancers that you hope to correct?
Some people like to sing. Some people like to swim. Some people like to read books. I like to dance! Kids with special needs can do whatever they want.