Mentally Challenged Adults Perform

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ROCKFORD (WIFR) – A local actor bring dance and theater to several mentally challenged adults through a special program with the Rockford Dance Company.

More than 30 participants showed off their acting and dancing skills through a performance at the Discovery Museum. The Rockford Dance Company teaches dance and theater techniques to mentally challenged adults, many of whom are part of the Barbara Olson Center of Hope and Milestone Inc. This is the third year for the program, which is led by local actor Stephen Vrtol.

“One of the things that happens when you put this sort of thing out here is they no longer become a handicap, they become a person, you realize that they all have disperse skill sets and special skill sets and in many ways are far ahead than where we are,” Vrtol said.

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