Reagan is a sophomore at Wakeland
High School who loves dancing, signing, music, traveling, and theater. He especially loves combining what he learns in one with the others. Tap dance is his favorite to do and ballet is his favorite to watch.
Dance has helped Reagan with motor planning and spatial awareness. It has also provided opportunities to expand social skills and connect with others. It’s also great exercise and helps him with gross and fine motor movements but in a way that is fun! He really enjoys Ms. Jasmine’s laugh and how she had fun with him when she teaches. Reagan has been an Adaptive Bollywood dancer and danced in Adaptive Theater shows choreographed by Ms Jasmine as well! We love all the opportunities Reagan has taken on!
Student of the Season- Meet Ava!
Ava is a burst of sunshine and loves to make us laugh during our Adaptive Fusion Dance classes at Next Step Dance at The Star in Frisco with Jasmine’s Beat! She is a committed dancer who is especially fond of her twin sister, Olivia, and her parents. Her mom, Angela tells us, “During pregnancy, we were diagnosed with Twin-to-Twin Transfusion Syndrome, which is an uneven share of the placenta in identical twin pregnancies in which the 2 babies share one placenta. As such, the girls were born at 28 weeks and during the NICU stay, Ava presented with PVL on a later head ultrasound. In turn, we were told this could result in Cerebral Palsy, but it may not cause any issues. At around age 2, Ava was diagnosed with CP, and we have been on this journey ever since. Our train of thought is to give Ava every opportunity to be the best she can be! A CP diagnosis can cover a broad spectrum of symptoms from walking with just a slight limp to being non-verbal and without any form of independent mobility. Ava mainly presents with difficulties with her motor skills both fine and gross, impacting her ability to walk and write. She continues to get stronger every day and just let us know she loves her wheelchair!
Ava loves playing Uno and games with her family, swimming, going to school (she and Liv are in the same Kindergarten class!) pretty much everything a 6 year old loves! She likes dance because she loves music and loves to try new things!
Ava wants to be a teacher or vet when she grows up.”
Student Star of The Season
*Meet the aspiring actress, Karen!
Karen is a beautiful student, dancer, singer, actress and daughter. She has been active at North Texas Performing Arts for several years. Karen first started with the production of You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown in the summer of 2014. She did plays with the mainstream kids’ shows until she aged out and then started performing with the Starcatchers Therapeutic Arts group. She is polite and kind. She is helpful and always checking on everyone else, greeting them at her first opportunity. Karen became a Jasmine’s Beat student through learning adaptive choreography at NTPA Starcatchers during several shows, including Beauty & The Beast, Elf, Jr., Summer Showtunes and The Wayfinder (currently). She works hard to learn her lines of major casting roles, figuring out choreography, and belting out beautiful songs! She portrays the perfect vision of recollecting oneself when you get overwhelmed, takes deep breaths, and begins again, trying even harder. This is exactly what we teach our students and clients as well, for stress management. We could learn a thing or two from Karen!
Here is a picture of Karen at our latest AMP awards at NTPA, making the most of 2020!
Karen in Elf, Jr. :
Karen taping for the virtual Summer Showtunes, 2020:
We can’t wait to see what she is going to do next!