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Grace and Nora’s World

December 1, 2017
Jessica Rice Photography |

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.

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  • Reply Jo Ann Costanza December 1, 2017 at 2:38 pm

    This video was soulfully riveting and so beautiful to absorb. Thank you for sharing!

  • Reply Martina Reed December 1, 2017 at 2:56 pm

    Absolutely beautiful! Thank you for lifting my spirits.

  • Reply Natalie December 1, 2017 at 3:50 pm

    I hope all your followers share this with others. Watching it is a gift of emotion and breath.

  • Reply Stacy December 1, 2017 at 4:31 pm

    Wow!!! Truly beautiful and touching!!! What a wonderful team you have surrounding you and sweet little Nora!!!

  • Reply Maggie McArthur December 1, 2017 at 4:55 pm

    I wept.
    With joy.
    Too moving for words…

  • Reply Noel Farren December 1, 2017 at 5:31 pm

    Wow! What a beautiful display of God’s love in this piece. The girl who danced with Nora is breathtaking. I love this testimony, I love seeing your heart through all this. Mourning into dancing…beautiful.

  • Reply Leanne December 1, 2017 at 8:52 pm

    Grace and Nora. Oh my word. These girls emote so much that is right and is beautiful – from the Lord. A gift of grace from Grace to Nora. God bless you all, the girls, the moms, the school, the photographers and filmmakers for capturing and sharing this heartwarming story.

  • Reply Beckie December 2, 2017 at 3:07 am

    Beautiful. Words cannot describe what my heart is feeling. Tears of joy are streaming down my face. What a lovely depiction they are of the amazing mother you must be. ❤️❤️

  • Reply Lesley December 2, 2017 at 3:24 am

    This just made me weep. It’s so beautiful–the music, the dancing, the love between sisters. Thank you for sharing!

  • Reply Lesley December 2, 2017 at 3:32 am

    I just realized the girls aren’t sisters…which makes me love this even more. So sweet.

  • Reply diane garner December 3, 2017 at 3:36 am

    Be still my heart… these girls take us out of ourselves and open our minds to all that is possible within ourselves.

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  • Reply Dan L + daughter December 6, 2017 at 3:46 am

    I loved that video of Grace and Nora!😝

  • Reply Joanie Brandt December 6, 2017 at 10:59 pm

    I just viewed the dance by Grace and Nora. I am so moved by it, and by the music, but especially by how Nora responds to Grace, who danced so beautifully and engaged Nora. I have been brought to tears. Thank you so much for sharing this outstanding video, and to all the participants. The direction was suburb. Please continue to dance, Grace and NORA.

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