ST. CHARLES – Team Polaris and St. Charles North will host “Project Dance Leap" from 1 to 5 p.m. Feb. 29. According to a news release, the four-hour dance party promotes awareness and raises funds for local organizations that provide services for individuals with special needs.
The community is invited to the safe and comfortable environment where accommodations are made for individuals with physical and sensory needs. The venue and dance floor are wheelchair accessible.
“Team Polaris’ goal is to encourage interactions in all school social events and beyond,” stated Tanis Simoncelli, advisor of Team Polaris, in the news release.
Team Polaris is a social club at St. Charles North that works to promote social awareness and support for individuals with special needs in the school and the community, the release stated.
Local DJs will spin tunes during the event leading every half an hour from pop to Disney and social dances for everyone to enjoy. The event will begin with the annual Morale Dance kickoff to the beat of “Better When I’m Dancing” by Meghan Trainor. Everyone in attendance will learn the routine that signifies a dance all abilities can enjoy.
The SCN Vocal Jazz Choir will perform, and Tina Zucker, administrative assistant at St. Charles North and Zumba instructor will also lead a session of Zumba. Jaylin Santana, a District 303 alumni and rapper, will perform at 4 p.m. to segue into the annual dance battle.
Volunteers have the opportunity to sign up to be a buddy at the dance. Individuals with special needs will be paired up with a buddy from 2 to 4 p.m. to share dance time and fun together.
St. Charles North acknowledges that the dance environment is difficult to sustain for some, and therefore a “chill room” will be available for individuals who need a break from being overstimulated, the release stated.
St. Charles North High School is located at 255 Red Gate Road. Tickets are $5 per person or $15 for families of three or more. All community members are welcome to attend.