The Issue: Difficulties of Dancing with Limited Mobility
Nearly 1-in-5 people in the United States reported having a disability, according to data from the Census Bureau. Roughly 30.6 million of these people had difficulty walking or climbing stairs, or depended on a wheelchair, cane, crutches, or walker. When mobility is impacted, it can be hard to exercise—much less dance—without risking further injury.
The Campaign: Constructing Gloves for Hand Tap Classes
All donations to this Grassroots campaign will be used by Tap Fever Studios to create special gloves for hand tap classes for people with disabilities. For every $180 raised, Tap Fever Studios can assemble two pairs of stretchy gloves with dance taps, along with sanded wooden boards for tapping.
During hand tap classes, executive director Larisa Hall gathers wooden boards and hand tap gloves and travels to a local assisted living facility. There, she turns on music and teaches participants how to create tap rhythms and sound combinations using the gloves. Participants can tap out the beats from a seated position with the wooden boards resting in their laps. At the end of class, everyone relaxes their muscles with a series of hand and arm stretches.
Tap Fever Studios
When Larisa Hall was born, the doctors were not sure she'd ever be able to walk. She was born with severely clubbed feet and spent the next nine months wearing casts on both legs. But within six months, Larisa was up on her feet; and by the time she was five, she had discovered dance and never wanted to stop. Dancing proved to be a useful physical therapy—helping her gain coordination and overcome ankle pain.
Spurred on by her own triumph, Larisa founded Tap Fever Studios with the belief that everyone—no matter their age or level of ability—should have the opportunity to dance. To that end, she holds workshops for the hearing and listening impaired, as well as those who are developmentally disabled. Larisa also recently created a new method of dance called hand tap, which allows people with limited mobility to use special gloves and a wooden board to tap out rhythms while seated.