At Van Products, we know that physical disabilities can often leave people feeling like they are limited in the hobbies, sports and activities they can take up, so we like looking for fun alternatives to the traditional way of participating!
What we’ve come to find is that there are actually plenty of sports and activities have been adapted to become wheelchair accessible, and that people are achieving amazing things while enjoying these options!
Triangle Dance Wheels
Dance is one of these, and Triangle Dance Wheels in Raleigh is one of our favorite options for taking wheelchair accessible dance courses! Last summer Van Products hosted a Triangle Dance Wheels demo for some of our friends and customers, and they fell in love with it!
The organization, owned and run by Melanie Dale and Frank Spears, regularly hosts eight-week courses at the Raleigh Sanderson High School that focus on one or two different types of dancing. Foxtrot, Tango, the Rumba and Swing dance are a few of the dances the people there enjoy.
The courses are 95 dollars per person, but for people with multiple sclerosis the cost can be covered by scholarships! No matter your situation, whether wheelchair-bound from birth or simply in the midst of physical therapy and recovery, if you love to dance, you have an option!
The Benefits of Partner Dance for the Physically Disabled
One other part of the classes we love is that they are taught with each physically disabled student dancing with a standing dance student. We think this is a great chance for those groups to bridge to gap and build the relationship between people who may have different abilities but are interested in the same things.
American DanceWheels Foundation, the nationwide parent organization, has this philosophy: that people of all ages and abilities should have the opportunity to partner dance by pairing one person with an ambulatory disability with an able bodied partner.
It is a great workout for both people, and it also helps particularly with activating and strengthening the muscles of people with disabilities that are otherwise not often used due to limited range of motion. Other benefits of dance carry over as well: better posture, flexibility and the ability to twist and turn easier than before. For anyone taking up a new hobby, the ultimate boost in confidence is to master a new skill, so be brave and take up the challenge to learn to dance!
Curious about other wheelchair accessible activities or transportation? Drop us a note and we’ll guide you through the process of figuring out your options. We can’t wait to hear from you!