Hawaiian dancers with special needs to perform at World Games in L.A.

Hawaiian dancers with special needs to perform at World Games in L.A.

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - HeartBeat, a company of dancers with special needs, will perform at the Opening Ceremonies of the 2015 Special Olympics World Games in LA, California this July, representing the USA and the achievable talent possible for people with special needs around the world.

HeartBeat was created in 2007 by former Miss Hawaii and Miss Hawaii USA, Ashley and Jonelle Layfield, along with Creative Director Marcelo Pacleb, of 24-7 Danceforce Studios, one of Hawaii's top dance studios, located in Kaneohe. Now a thriving nonprofit program, HeartBeat provides quality instruction and performance opportunities for members of the special needs community.

"This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for these dancers to travel and perform," says Chesarey Fujimori, dance instructor for HeartBeat. "It's such an honor to be a part of making these amazing dancers' dreams come true. Their smiles light up the world."

The 2015 Special Olympics World Games will include 7,000 athletes, 3,000 coaches representing 177 countries. The Special Olympics World Games is the largest sporting and humanitarian event on the planet, held every two years, alternating between Summer and Winter Games.

An estimated $32,000 is needed to send 14 HeartBeat dancers and their families to the World Games. HeartBeat families and fans are fundraising tirelessly with local food sales, and restaurant and business partnerships.

Interested supporters can donate on a GoFundMe site: www.gofundme.com/HeartBeat2Worlds or directly (designate to HeartBeat) at 24-7 Danceforce Studios in Windward Mall in Kaneohe.

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