Thank you for joining us for Grace and Nora’s World! We hope you enjoy this special video, but first, a word from Becky Dean (Amazing Grace School of Performing Arts, Grace’s Mom) with Jesse Van Leeuwen:
The stage, the music, and the dancing, is a world Nora and Grace have created. Grace isn’t trying to live in Nora’s world and Nora isn’t being asked to live in Grace’s world.
It is a place that is set apart. Away from what society and culture tell them, away from the identity of typically-developing and non-typically developing. Away from a place where the chair is seen as an obstacle. In their world the chair is a platform for expression, allowing for things a body can’t do. Their world is a place where nonverbal communication is ideal and fragility is another form of beauty and connection. Their world is a place where they can just be themselves. Together.
Today we invite you to Grace and Nora’s world. We invite you to spread the word that the world is changing and full of possibility.
To learn more about “The Decision to Dance” click here
A special thank you to Mitchell Dong for his beautiful film work and to Jessica Rice for capturing so many stunning images of this duet (click here to see more). A big thank you to The Fray for this incredible song that inspires us all. Thank you to The California Center for the Arts, Escondido for hosting this wonderful performance.