A Special Dance Lesson in Preparation for Prom

By KBJR News 1

April 26, 2012 Updated Apr 26, 2012 at 11:44 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (Northlands NewsCenter)
-- Recenty we told you about two Duluth Denfeld students with disabilities making their dream of prom come true starting with picking the perfect dress.

Now with the big day coming closer, the students are practicing one of the staples of this high school tradition.

On the slick surface of a Duluth Denfeld room is Michael Manning and Ariana Villanueva.

They are practicing a unique two step in preparation for a prom that is only two weeks away.

The couple has obstacles that the majority of high school students don't have to tackle.

Roni Rod, a physical therapist knows these challenges and has worked with them for years.

She helping them discover the art of dance.

"They've both worked on movement in their own way with themselves but to coordinate it together, to dance and to move together is probably a bigger challenge."

But these two are up for the challenge.

"Once I'm up there driving him it's not bad but it's like, at first getting up there and actually moving him."

And with each step on this creaky worn, wooden floor...Michael and Ariana are creating their own destiny.

"Every day they have many challenges. We have many challenges but working together it all works for creating independence in a way they functionally move through life."

And creating a love story.

"I've said it before I love him to death, really do. I don't think I've ever had this feeling about anybody before...like there is just something about him."

Michael and Ariana will be taking the Grand March on May 12th at Clyde Iron Works.

Zach Vavricka

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